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As a thumb rule, if you have survived successfully for the first three months after arrival, then you are more or less certain to do so for quite a long time. However, there are cases of people not settling down and do not find it comfortable enough to continue. Please do note that you have to be prepared to pay your air fare back home yourself. You have made a contract with your company and if you want to go back so soon, no sponsor will be ready to bear your return ticket. On the contrary, it is more likely that the sponsor will not even allow you to even go out of the kingdom as he has spent his time and money to recruit you (remember, you need his approval stamp in the exit visa). But you must really make a decision before coming, whether you want the money or whether you want to enjoy life. The hard reality is that you can't have both at the same time!
There's not much of entertainment activity here other than satellite television, so the best way to keep yourself engaged is to develop a good circle of friends. This will also help you get a good accommodation when your family arrives. Most of the good apartments and household items get sold by word of mouth, so it is essential that you develop a good network of friends. International phone calls still cost a fortune here and broadband internet connection is still not very common, though it is picking up fast. It would be cheaper to talk home through internet chatting (there are quite a few net cafes around) atleast initially, till you settle down.
If you find these practical tips helpful, do drop in a line which will motivate me to write more.