When Paul and I first arrived at KAUST our housing wasn’t yet ready so we spent the first four nights in one of the two onsite hotels – the KAUST Inn 2 which was lovely, we had a two room suite and the staff were so friendly and accommodating – they helped to make an… Continue reading Getting your KAUST house.
We flew from Manchester via Saudia airlines which was a six hour flight, as you can imagine this was something of a no frills journey and is most definitely dry. You will find watching a film is fairly difficult as scenes are edited or deleted altogether if they contain anything a bit risqué – I… Continue reading Arriving at Jeddah airport and travelling to KAUST.
When the subject of moving to work in Saudi first came up, frankly – I was horrified. Leaving my family, friends and my dog to go live in the desert in (what I thought was) an overbearing, oppressive, patriarchal society? ‘No way pal’ was something along the lines of what was said. Let’s be honest, we… Continue reading Saudi Arabia – preconceived notions vs first impressions.