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Forum: The Sand Pit
Jan 2nd 2011, 6:23 am
Replies: 51
Views: 2,901
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: NYE Festivities

The point I was making was that he didn't mind us not paying what the meter said given the journey wasn't on, even though he'd driven us about half a mile.

He and the waiting staff at the Mall...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jan 2nd 2011, 5:26 am
Replies: 51
Views: 2,901
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: NYE Festivities

Escaped rainy Jeddah for a long New Year's week-end in Dubai.

Agree with many of the posts above regarding overhyped NYE - but decided to venture out this year, which merely confirmed why it's...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 18th 2010, 1:17 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 5,209
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Offshore Banks - why?!

Sure, as non-res you can fill out the form and get your interest on UK savings gross (free of tax).

BUT - That does not mean you are not liable to pay tax on them. You still have to do an annual...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 21st 2010, 7:12 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,316
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Possibly moving to "the kingdom" need some advice

The major issue I see is the rotation - 2 weeks in the UK every 6 weeks right?

That means about 120 days/year in the UK - you will struggle to demonstrate that you are non-resident based on the '4...
Oct 21st 2010, 5:33 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,893
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Jeddah work for women ?

More railway news:


http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article166007.ece
Forum: Middle East
Oct 19th 2010, 2:30 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: student

Registration coming up in November.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/me-saudiarabia-english-courses-details.htm
Oct 19th 2010, 5:37 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,893
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Jeddah work for women ?

A recent accident on KSA railways:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article164005.ece
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 18th 2010, 2:17 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,346
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: The Ultimate Guide to Dubai

Of course workmanship issues are not confined to the ME.

eg Bernard Cribbens 60s 'Right Said Fred'


and this old ditty from Flanders and Swann
...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 18th 2010, 6:14 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,346
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: The Ultimate Guide to Dubai

Oi 2


Stages of repair work:

Visit 1. Man comes to look at what is needed, even though you have explained in detail.

Visit 2. Man comes back with man who will actually do the repair to look...
Oct 17th 2010, 1:26 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,893
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Jeddah work for women ?

It's not going to be easy.

However, there is railway and metro construction in the offing/underway (hard to judge the exact status from the PR news articles) in the Jeddah/Makkah/Medinah triangle....
Forum: Middle East
Oct 17th 2010, 8:33 am
Forum: Middle East
Oct 17th 2010, 7:02 am
Replies: 32
Views: 46,988
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Silver Sands Beach Jeddah - Shameful experience today

Not so sure...


There are some nice beaches to the south of Jeddah and great Red Sea diving to be had.

Also, the mountains nearby, they get enough rain to be green and lush, and an interesting...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 17th 2010, 6:05 am
Replies: 32
Views: 46,988
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Silver Sands Beach Jeddah - Shameful experience today

...it's not only the red snappers that are biting....
Forum: Middle East
Oct 17th 2010, 5:57 am
Replies: 32
Views: 46,988
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Silver Sands Beach Jeddah - Shameful experience today

Ah! ....OK. Thought you were putting it forward as an alternative beach in Jeddah.

I'll give it a miss. The place only looks good for washing your dirty stuff, and I'd have to find a somewhat...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 17th 2010, 5:27 am
Replies: 32
Views: 46,988
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Silver Sands Beach Jeddah - Shameful experience today

Looks great!

What are the driving directions from Jeddah, and how long will it take (to the nearest 5 minutes say)?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 16th 2010, 12:16 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 967
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: new to jeddah & ksa

I was hoping you were going to provide a translation!
Forum: Middle East
Oct 16th 2010, 9:28 am
Replies: 32
Views: 46,988
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Silver Sands Beach Jeddah - Shameful experience today

If you are looking for 'customer service', KSA is not the place to be.

The incident seems entirely typical of what tends to happen here. It goes with the territory. Roll with it.
Forum: Middle East
Oct 12th 2010, 12:04 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,049
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Help for Next Week

A Palestinian girl was knocked down and badly injured by a quad a few days ago.

Both quads (and donkeys) were conspicuous by their absence last night.

Still some idiot in a car driving down the...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 12th 2010, 9:15 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,049
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Help for Next Week

I run on side streets parallel to Palestine Street to the central corniche - it's about 2km. Sides streets are quieter, but not as well lit - look out for random holes and sewage spills!

From the...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 12th 2010, 5:42 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,049
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Help for Next Week

I was out running on the central corniche in Jeddah yesterday evening - still quite humid!

You don't see many people out running and it's best to dress modestly as you will be weaving amongst the...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 7th 2010, 11:01 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,603
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Saudi prince murders Black servant in London

Surprisingly, it's not been covered so far by the English language Arab News

He must be a very minor royal, as he has been left to face the music, rather than being spirited back home in exchange...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 5th 2010, 7:39 am
Replies: 72
Views: 37,043
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Is Saudi-Arabia a tax free country?

Saudi/Middle Eastern contractor or Western contractor? There will be a big difference!

Presumably sharing is temporary if your wife is coming out later?

Life can be OK in KSA, but you need to...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 5th 2010, 6:57 am
Replies: 72
Views: 37,043
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Is Saudi-Arabia a tax free country?

...but presumably something has been organised on your behalf? If not, you need to be pushing hard to get a place on a good compound straight away. Plenty of threads on Riyadh compounds on here -...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 5th 2010, 5:42 am
Replies: 72
Views: 37,043
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Is Saudi-Arabia a tax free country?

You appear to be heading to Riyadh, whereas Ellie is up in the Asir mountains.

It's a bit like taking the views of someone who lives in the Lake District before moving to London.

To some extent...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 2nd 2010, 8:35 am
Replies: 16
Views: 12,512
Posted By Bonny Boy

Re: Doha nightlife.

Indeed - People seem to be expecting some big city style nightlife in Doha as is found in Bahrain and Dubai.

I spent two very happy years in Doha in the late 90s, where socialising revolved...
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