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Old Sep 17th 2007, 9:28 am
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Scarey stuff! Im just finalising my contract for a job in Jeddah. I've been posting various questions and stuff on here, and negotiating with the Employers. last week they came back with a revised offer and managed to get a £15K increase from them. Not bad but still pushing for a little bit more, but the agency tells me that we will finish negotiations today. Either way im going!

So just the small issue of relocating the family over and starting them in school. but it looks like soon I will be an official member of the Middle East BE posse!
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Scarey stuff! Im just finalising my contract for a job in Jeddah. I've been posting various questions and stuff on here, and negotiating with the Employers. last week they came back with a revised offer and managed to get a £15K increase from them. Not bad but still pushing for a little bit more, but the agency tells me that we will finish negotiations today. Either way im going!

So just the small issue of relocating the family over and starting them in school. but it looks like soon I will be an official member of the Middle East BE posse!
I spent 8 happy years on Mura Bustan Compound with its six swimming pools, squash courts, supermarket, restaurant and mostly European/Lebanese clientele. Watch out for some of the brand new compounds, however, as they may lack a community atmosphere. Good luck!
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great news maranelloman...sure you'll enjoy it...!

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I spent 8 happy years on Mura Bustan Compound with its six swimming pools, squash courts, supermarket, restaurant and mostly European/Lebanese clientele. Watch out for some of the brand new compounds, however, as they may lack a community atmosphere. Good luck!
Its one of the compounds im considering. Thanks for the advice on that. Any thoughts on Sharbately Village?

Also anyone know anything about the British Continental School? Are there any other schools I should consider? Its a shame we are moving as my son has just started a prep school in the UK and has settled in superbly.
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Its one of the compounds im considering. Thanks for the advice on that. Any thoughts on Sharbately Village?

Also anyone know anything about the British Continental School? Are there any other schools I should consider? Its a shame we are moving as my son has just started a prep school in the UK and has settled in superbly.
Did the move come as a surprise then...
Most kids settle very easy into their new surroundings, and the teachers are experienced in dealing with it...I wouldn't worry about it too much, if you are going to move then it's one of the consequenses that you cannot do anything about it.

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Did the move come as a surprise then...
Most kids settle very easy into their new surroundings, and the teachers are experienced in dealing with it...I wouldn't worry about it too much, if you are going to move then it's one of the consequenses that you cannot do anything about it.
No the move was totally self inflicted! Im taking up a permie position with a Bank, to get away from the usual downside of living in the UK. I had only been looking in the Middle East with Saudi as my preference, so really im quite chuffed. Just the whole thing is begining to dawn on us now as its now a reality. Me and the mrs lived in Riyadh 5 years ago, but then we didnt have any kids so we just flew over with a suitcase. Now 2 kids later and with a lot of baggage, it looks like I'll be coming in Jan and the kids with follow in April.
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DOne. All agreed. Final package worked out, and paperwork begins. Im all excited!
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DOne. All agreed. Final package worked out, and paperwork begins. Im all excited!

Good luck, enjoy the ride....
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Good luck, enjoy the ride....
Thanks v much.
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Congrats!!
do they need someone else with zero banking experience??
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Congrats!!
do they need someone else with zero banking experience??
No, that'll make two people blagging the role!
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No, that'll make two people blagging the role!
Trust me they will not no the difference....lol
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Trust me they will not no the difference....lol
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Default Re: Yikes. I might be moving to KSA!

If you don't already dive, then make sure you learn.

The West coast of KSA is fantastic for diving, especially up at Yanbu.

Jeddah has some good sites as well, the Al Bilad hotel private beach is very good. I'm off to the East coast for a few months in Oct, at least I will be a stones throw from Bahrain.

Good luck and enjoy yourself.
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