Our family will be relocated in Saudi Arabia this summer. That is a big move for anyone from the United States. I like to do my research on any big decision. We will be moving to Dhahran with Aramco. My husband is actually already there. On the sidebars to this blog are many of the resources I used to gather information.
News and Current Events
You can set up Yahoo news to send you a digest of articles that have a certain keyword. We set it up with the key word “Saudi Arabia” and every few days, I receive in my in-box links to pertinent articles.
The Arab News
Everyday I read this English language Saudi Arabian newspaper. I read the main articles. I also look at the letters to the editors, the Islam section, where people are answering questions about Islam kinda “Dear Abby” style. I read the “Law and You” section which often has expats asking for advice on their employment situations. Also in the “World” section is “Opinions” and “Arab View”.
You can also sign up for emails from the Saudi U.S. Relations Information Service. This particularly addresses business and political happenings in a very positive way.
To get practical information about moving to Saudi Arabia from those who have done it I read the two expat forums that I have linked in sidebar.
The blog I read everyday is American Bedu which is linked in the sidebar. This prolific blogger understands the expats perspective being one herself and is immersed in Saudi life and culture as she is married to a Saudi man. She updates her blog almost everyday and has a loyal following who add value through their comments and she attracts others who find her blog as they search for info and insights on cultural aspects of Saudi Arabia. I also frequently read Crossroads Arabia which comments upon news articles on Saudi Arabia. I drop in on the other blogs in the sidebar from time to time. “Sands Gets in My Eyes” has an archive of many entries of interest to anyone considering coming to the kingdom.
I had made so many shortcuts to resources on my computer desktop that it was a mess. Then I set up this blog and organized my resources in a way that I can go here and find what I want to read on a daily basis and have my other sources handy for reference. You are welcome to come to my blog and use it as a jumping off point as you do your “due diligence”. Please let me know of other resources you are finding particularly helpful and I may add them here.