Quote from Dalzac
A friend of mine took a 6 month job in Saudi. Here is what she told me. You are not allowed out of your apt without a burka. You are not allowed to shop for yourself. A man has to do your shopping for anything even clothes. you can wear a uniform at work but you are not allowed off the floor you are working. You are lucky if you get any breaks or lunch, most times you don't. You can not even touch a man, you have to look away, in fact you can't even make eye contact. She said that it is women and children that she worked with.
She made good money and was tax-free, but she hated it and would never, ever, do it again. It was just not worth it and it felt more like slavery. Oh yeah she told me this too if you are a blonde dye your hair dark because the Saudi men will snatch you up becuse to them blonde means "whore"
Hi! I just want to share my experience in working in saudi arabia. I worked for king faisal specialist hospital jeddah for 8 years, It was the best time of my life i was earning 3x compared to the salary of other filipino nurses in small hospitals there. Lived alone in a flat(not sharing),enjoyed the amenities of the accomodation with swimming pool,sauna,gym and other recreational amenities.The accomodation guard doesnt care and check on your apartment, they dont even care if you still lived there as long as you report on your duty on time. I can go to a supermarket wearing my scrub suit.I have worked with male western nurses as well, we also have Male nurses from Jordan, we are free to talk to them and join them in the smoking area during breaks, we are free to travel to other countries during holidays. (i mean the hospital can sponsor you,and you can get a visa wtout any problem) I am allowed to get my husband,children,parents as my dependent on my own expense of course. I can go to Christian religious activities. All i can say is "it was the best time of my life.
The story of Dalzac's friend is true,
a true life of an OFW in Saudi Arabia,especially in some remote areas of the kingdom. I maybe lucky not to experience that. Thank you.