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Moving to work in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Old Sep 15th 2013, 7:44 pm
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Hello,
I have been offered a job as a Project Manager at well-organized western company in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. I have 15 yrs professional career experience, degree from USA and hold dual citizenships (US & Syrian). Currently, I am working in Damascus, Syria. The job offer includes:
1. Basic Salary: 12,000/mo
2. Housing Allowance: 4,000/mo
3. Car Cost Reimbursement: 1000/mo
4. Educational Assistant: 8000/child/yr
5. Medical insurance, retirement plan, annual bonus, 26 vacation days, return ticket
Do you think the above offer is good? I have a wife, 2 kids and 21 yr old boy.
What are the living expenses cost in Dammam?
Your input is really appreciated....
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Old Sep 15th 2013, 8:08 pm
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Kind of depends on the Company. If they recruited directly from the UK or the US for example, the basic salary would probably around 20k. As you probably know, Housing Allowance is always 25% of the basic, so that would increase in proportion.

What kind of school would your kids go to? Don't know if there is an American School in Dhahran, I would expect so, but their fees will be way higher than that.

But in essence, I guess the question you have to ask is whether the offer is better than what you are currently on? Riyadh is expensive for housing, would imagine the Eastern Region is cheaper.
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Kind of depends on the Company. If they recruited directly from the UK or the US for example, the basic salary would probably around 20k. As you probably know, Housing Allowance is always 25% of the basic, so that would increase in proportion.

What kind of school would your kids go to? Don't know if there is an American School in Dhahran, I would expect so, but their fees will be way higher than that.

But in essence, I guess the question you have to ask is whether the offer is better than what you are currently on? Riyadh is expensive for housing, would imagine the Eastern Region is cheaper.
Dear nottmbantam,
Thanks for your prompt response. Actually I was recruited from Syria and the offer is better than what I have right now not to mention the political unrest around.
Did you mean 20k US or SAR?
I've done some research on the net and I could not find an American school and all international is too expensive. However, I am looking for private school for my kids (5 & 8 yr) and unable to locate any on the net. If you have any idea please, let me know.
What I am really concerned about is my son university. If I am not mistaking the government universities only accept Saudi citizen. Do you know how much it cost (average) for private university?
Thanks for your feedback...
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American School in Dhahran is around SR45,000 a year. there are cheaper ones.
Have a look here
http://district.isg.edu.sa/history.html

For others google "International Schools Dammam" and "International Schools Khobar"

KFUPM accepts only very few foreign students. You could try PMU, (Prince Mohammed University) but fees are high.

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A 21 old son usually can not be under your sponsorship in Saudi. Can he?
Daughters can be sponsored until they are married.
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I think it may be possible to sponsor the son IF he is in full-time education.
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Dear nottmbantam,
Thanks for your prompt response. Actually I was recruited from Syria and the offer is better than what I have right now not to mention the political unrest around.
Did you mean 20k US or SAR?
I've done some research on the net and I could not find an American school and all international is too expensive. However, I am looking for private school for my kids (5 & 8 yr) and unable to locate any on the net. If you have any idea please, let me know.
What I am really concerned about is my son university. If I am not mistaking the government universities only accept Saudi citizen. Do you know how much it cost (average) for private university?
Thanks for your feedback...
Hi,
I meant around 20k SR per month as basic, give or take a couple of grand either way.

The private international schools, both British and American will be expensive. I'm afraid I don't know that much about Dhahran/ Eastern region so can't really recommend or suggest schools over there. As already pointed out, the main Universities will only take Saudi students. "Foreign" students can enter but at a premium fee.

I think you will have to look into the sponsorship of your 21yr old, and whether he can enter KSA under your sponsorship. Can understand the reasons for leaving Syria with the unrest there at the moment.

Good luck.
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