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Old Jun 25th 2007, 12:10 pm
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Hi All,

My company just open up a rep office in Jeddah and i will be bringing my family ther soon.

I was made to understand that i need to get an iqama before i can bring the family. What is the process like and how long can my family move in once i got my iqama?

With iqama, can i travel with my family out of the country freely?

Another thing, i been looking around for compund area, is Kindi housing and Binzagr village ok for family with little kids to stay? Can my wife go out easily while im at work?


Can we hire part time maid to help my wife with house chores?

Appreciate your reply.
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Originally Posted by saafar
Hi All,

My company just open up a rep office in Jeddah and i will be bringing my family ther soon.

I was made to understand that i need to get an iqama before i can bring the family. What is the process like and how long can my family move in once i got my iqama?

With iqama, can i travel with my family out of the country freely?

Another thing, i been looking around for compund area, is Kindi housing and Binzagr village ok for family with little kids to stay? Can my wife go out easily while im at work?


Can we hire part time maid to help my wife with house chores?

Appreciate your reply.
I'm waiting for a reply
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Old Jun 25th 2007, 4:01 pm
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I can't help, I have never been

Try doing a search on Jeddah. Saudi isn't that popular with the folk on here who have been, put it that way.
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Right...Iqama's....




nah.....not ready yet.........keep waiting
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Right...Iqama's....




nah.....not ready yet.........keep waiting
Do you do this to all the girls
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You get the service you pay for ......
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Iqama (Saudi ID card) will allow you to open bank accounts, get driving licences etc and get your family over, However you cannot travel out of the country on it.

I would make sure that the company your working for allows you to retain your passports. Firms used to typically keep their employees passports to stop them from absconding, however this practice is becoming less and less

Jeddah is alot more laid back than Riyadh and your wife will have no problems going out and about.
Be aware that the humidity in Jeddah is alot greater than Riyadh.
Jeddah also has a great selection of restaraunts to cater for all tastes, but does not have the big malls or franchises of Riyadh

Compounds i cannot help with as i always stay in hotels
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You get the service you pay for ......
Indeed, i cant stand people who demand information.

You would have thought they were doing me the favour!
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Originally Posted by Jammy_Dodgers
Indeed, i cant stand people who demand information.
You would have thought they were doing me the favour!
Manners have to be taught I suppose... glad he is going your way ..
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Originally Posted by Jammy_Dodgers
Indeed, i cant stand people who demand information.

You would have thought they were doing me the favour!
Im new here but thought it was a bit rude on his part. I mean he hardly gave it a few hours.

Good of you to respond still though, but I guess its cos you are used to dealing with the saudis!
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Im new here but thought it was a bit rude on his part. I mean he hardly gave it a few hours.

Good of you to respond still though, but I guess its cos you are used to dealing with the saudis!
Tell me about it!!

If i was a Saudi, i would have done it tomorrow......Inshallah
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Im new here but thought it was a bit rude on his part. I mean he hardly gave it a few hours.

Good of you to respond still though, but I guess its cos you are used to dealing with the saudis!
we get this alot, if people did searches through recent threads and checked out the wiki at the top we wouldnt have any issues then helping them with their queries. You often feel like you are a free relocation company!!! then to make matters worse you welcome them, the post ten times and you never see them again!!!
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I post on fourms quite a lot. Mainly car related stuff rather than BE type sites and see this quite a lot. People should just have a bit of patience.

JD. When I was in saudi they told me about IBM
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