hi. i am going to saudi to work for MOH. i am a doctor by profession. can somebody tell me the life out there? how are indian expatriates treated there? what are the living conditions?
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well I think you will be ok.. Since you are a professional, you will be treated as such... living conditions can be bad all the way up to luxurious. depending on where you employer houses you. Or allows you to choose.. Life is ruled by strict Islamic law.. YOu have to respect that. No dating, no drinking, no mixing of the genders etc. But im sure the elite doctors social clubs probably will invite you to their private parties at homes or community compounds and doctors of both genders probably will attend. Its all who you know. ..
Saudis aren't going to like what I have to say, but I will tell you the truth. Salaries here are based first of all on your nationality. Western doctors (Amer. Brits, etc) get the highest pay. Then Saudis. Arabs from other countries, mostly Egyptian or Syrian, then Indians and Pakistanis are the lowest paid in all professions. They are not always treated well, and discriminated against. They stick together in close communities for survival and emotional support. If you are looking for work, I recommend United Arab Emirates. As a doctor you will have it better than most other Indian nationals. But what and how you are treated in the hospital is one thing, life in the society here will be different. Because outside of work, they don't see a doctor, they only see another Indian.
Some organizations do have a salary structure based on the cost of living of the country the employee is from. Kind of silly, seeing as they all are living in Saudi Arabia.
Hi,Doctors sir well doctors they get gud salarys here..... but resntly da saudi govrt was sending indian doctors bck to india....wid exit visia..... actually i live in jeddah in SAUDI..... for eg: like king fahadh national hospital, there doctors they get very gud salaries....wid free family villas etc.... there r many gud national hospitals r also there who provide u all these.... some of da indian doctors they start there own clinics here. indians r treated well here ppl say dat indian doctors r better then saudi doctors.... so wen r u planning 2 come here? wishing u gud luck sir.....
Congratulations and welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Raven is right!!! Since you'll be a "darkie" expat in KSA, please be prepared for the following treatments: Why Is There So Much Hate Inside Us? Abdullah Al-Mutairi â€¢ Al-Watan In the shop next to my house, there is a home delivery service which is run by an Indian. He is a good man, hardworking and devoted to his job. I talk to him whenever he delivers something to my house and he talks to me about the time he spent working in Abu Dhabi and of his dream to live in London. Last week I asked him to deliver a newspaper to my house. When he delivered it to me, he asked me whether I wrote in it. I told him that I did and he asked me to write about why young Saudis hate foreign workers, particularly Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. He asked, â€œWhy do they throw rocks at us when they see us in the street?â€ He said that in India they were taught to love others because that is the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I was moved by his words and promised him that I would write on the subject. I took his question to my students and started a discussion in class. The students agreed that they had harassed foreigners, particularly South Asians, in the street. One said that seeing a worker in the street was a perfect chance for them to beat him up and then run away. Some admitted searching for foreign workers to beat up, throw eggs at and generally abuse. I asked my students why they behaved in this way, what was the reason. Some said it was just fun, nothing more or less. Some said it was because those people were weak and unable to fight back. Some said that their favorite pastime was to catch cats, kill them and skin them. I was shocked and disturbed by all this violence and wondered what was causing it. The classroom discussion ended but my questions would not go away. Is this violence only committed by children or can we see it at other levels in other forms? How do older people deal with foreign workers? Do the workers feel that we respect them? Sadly, the rude and sarcastic way we often refer to them sprang to my mind. Can such relationships be called humane? Are they based on equality? Are they in keeping with the tenets of Islam? Do we adult Saudis who sponsor and employ foreigners fulfill the conditions of their contracts â€” which both we and they have signed? How many housemaids never get a day off? I remember a worker in the school where I work who was on the job every day and who had not been paid for six months. I remember another unpaid worker who asked humbly and politely for his dues and received nothing but curses and insults. It seems to me that our childrenâ€™s violent behavior has its origins and roots in the behavior and attitudes of adults. My Indian friendâ€™s question should have thus been directed toward all ages and not just at the young. Are these things related to education? Can we blame this shameful behavior on a lack of education? The answer came all too quickly to my head. I remembered one of my colleagues, a teacher who belongs to a certain tribe. He believes that a student lacking a tribal name is a man with no roots and hence of no importance. Then I remembered a preacher who visited the school after 9/11 and warned the students against dealing with non-Muslims. I also remember a sheikh in a mosque who would not allow a foreigner to pray next to him â€” simply because the man was not Saudi. It is not difficult to come up with examples of our relations with people in our country who belong to different religions and cultures. And I will not discuss our own relations with other Saudis. Many of us will not allow our daughters to marry someone just because he is from a certain place or because, for some reason, we look down on him. Behind all these examples are beliefs and thoughts toward â€œothersâ€ which glorify us and our egos and degrade them and theirs. Such a situation is fertile ground for the idea of hate and infertile ground for the idea of love. Those brought up to love people will not throw rocks at them and curse them. Those brought up to love people will not degrade those who are different from them? Where is love in our lives? Has it given way to hate? What answer can I give my Indian friend? Is he going to understand that it will take a long time to change this culture of hate? I do not think that it will be easy since so many of us do not want to and so many believe they are unique and the best in the world. I remember when I was in England last summer, arriving at the front door of the house where I was staying. I saw a little girl standing outside the house next to mine. I wondered if she would curse me or throw stones at me or whether she would just look away in disgust. Instead, she carried on watering the flowers in the small garden; then she looked up and waved at me, with a big smile on her face. Could that have happened here?