Saudi Arabia - Good Idea or Not - page 20

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As seen by a Registered Nurse from the United States, who is now on assignment, it can be hard to adjust to hospital nursing in Saudi Arabia. That is particularly true in the hospital complex that serves the Saudi Royal Family.... Read More


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    Not a chance in hell! Cannot have Bible or any religious articles. Women also cannot drive! Just yesterday they were given the right to vote but still cannot be elected to an office. Good money but it seems you will earn every penny as your dignity is also taken away!
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    really i'm so sad to see some bad words about my country from some of you guys. I'm studying here in USA and i love the people here, but i thought that all people here they know almost most of the cultures in the world becuase of diversity here. But when some body generalized bad things about our cultures that make me little angry of all people talking about us. Every country has it's culture. Just only i want to ask you all what if i say all American people are bad and lazy !!
    Think about every word you will say before telling it for other people. If you work in Jeddah or Dammam you will not believe your self. It's more modern and organized better than some cities here in USA.No taxes and almost everything are cheaper than here in USA, even Laptops.

    I hope every one will not talk bad about any country, and you can go and try that by your self then you will change your mind.
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    Thankyou for this info plus you have generated a popular topic with plenty of information. My husband and I want to go. I am a 2nd year post grad Registered Nurse and my husband is an engineer and had his own business making hospital beds so I'm hoping there will be a job for him also maybe maintaining hospital beds (I presume they are all electric adjustable beds) What do you think of our chances of getting work and of course having accommodation together?
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    For those of you who are interested - I have made enquires and I'M TOO OLD. Oh well I think we shall just go outback Australia. Yes, 55 is the limit, I am 54 and even though I have been a Registered Nurse for two years you have to do at least two years in a hospital setting and I worked in a nursing home for 18mths (my biggest regret). Good luck for all the young nurses out there who want an adventure LOL
    Last edit by Lorrain on Oct 11, '11
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    I'd also recommend Carmen Bin Laden's book "Inside the Kingdom" for more details about what it's like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, particularly if you're a western woman.
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    FYI Mrs. Laden first married one Bin Laden brother. When he died, she married the second Bin Laden brother, then divorced him. Must have been pretty bad for her to have risked marrying in the same country and family twice.

    Quote from kdrose01
    I'd also recommend Carmen Bin Laden's book "Inside the Kingdom" for more details about what it's like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, particularly if you're a western woman.
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    FYI Mrs. Laden first married one Bin Laden brother. When he died, she married the second Bin Laden brother, then divorced him. Must have been pretty bad for her to have risked marrying in the same country and family twice.
    Really? That's not what her memoir said. Where did you hear this? As I recall from the book, it said she met and fell in love with the Bin Laden brother in Europe and they married. Her story sounded like somewhat of a nightmare. I don't know that I could ever live in such oppression.
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    Sorry,
    It was not Carmen. It was Caroline who married two of the brothers:

    http://prisonplanet.com/bin_laden_fa...k_to_bush.html
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    Sorry, It was not Carmen. It was Caroline who married two of the brothers:
    No problem. It's easy to confuse all those husbands and wives. Thanks for the clarification! Interesting story on that link.
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    Darn it. It is one of the safest places in the world. I went visiting Mecca and Madina in 2008. You would not believe it, I would get out of the hotel, on foot at 4:00 a.m. and walk to the mosques in downtown Mecca, with no fear of molestation or theft. Try doing that in downtown LA or any city in America.

    Mecca, Medina and Jeddah are some of the most diverse cities in the world (I have been only to these 3). You actually don't see a single Saudi in the streets. It is all Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Malaysians, Afghans, Africans buying/selling, working, walking. You don't even need to know Arabic to be there. Knowing English/Urdu/Hindi is enough.

    Unless you are married to one of the locals, you don't have to interact with them. They have a right to live their culture like they want. You don't have to marry them or interact with them if you don't. The difference between Carmen and Caroline above was, one could not adjust/ tolerate the culture and the other could. It is a question of personal preference. Let is not use it to condemn people.
    Just in case if you want another viewpoint, Huma Abedin, the wife of disgraced ex-rep Anthony Weiner was born in America and brought up in Saudi Arabia. She has been the PA of Hillary Clinton for years. According to her narrative, Saudi Women deck out as peacocks when they have parties. The difference is all this is done behind doors. If you were a woman who did not want to display her beauty to strange men, you would also like to dress up only when outsiders are not watching. They prefer women only parties, because they don't have to be on guard about men seeing their beauty. It is an entire different way of thinking. If you want your freedom, respect their freedom to want to be covered. Please do not be judgmental if you do not want to be judged.
    It is not a perfect society, and some people would want to change the status quo, but is that not true for every society? Why do you think people are camping out on Wall Street today?
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