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Single female teaching in Saudi Arabia

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by kitifer_2000, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. kitifer_2000

    kitifer_2000 New commenter

    Hi all, just looking for a little advice. I’ve been offered a job at a British school in Saudi Arabia, but I’m a single female. I have previously lived and worked in the UAE, but I’m also aware that the UAE is more liberal than Saudi. What are the positive/negative issues I should be aware of before I make this choice? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially from ladies who have previously been in my position.
  2. b7031475

    b7031475 New commenter

    It depends where in Saudi Arabia you'll be!
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  3. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I worked for a total of 5 years in a school like the one you mention, in Riyadh. There are some restrictions, generally, not just for single females, but all staff. This tends to be outside the compound. On compound, it is very liberal.
    If you PM me with any specifics, I can give you a more detailed response.
  4. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    It is a fair point; Riyadh v Jeddah are apparently worlds apart.

    It sounds as if stopwatch is your go to poster, but I too lived in Riyadh for a spell so feel free to pm me if you'd like some additional background.
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  5. AirHostie

    AirHostie New commenter

    Plenty single female teachers in Riyadh at the only true British school. I’m not single but we have a good social life. Positives and negatives are hard to advise on as it depends on your interests and expectations.
  6. cookiemonster611

    cookiemonster611 New commenter

    Hi @AirHostie
    I have sent you a conversation message thingybob. :)
  7. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Correct. I also worked at this school. You really need to get a clear picture of what life there entails in order to ascertain whether you could thrive or dive there.
    I think the OP has been offered a position at the school near the bridge to Bahrain
  8. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Hmm, whilst having an option to cross the border, enjoy the queues, personally I thought Dammam was a bit of a ****hole.
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  9. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Worth noting OP. I didn’t realise this.

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