Driving by women is prohibited in the kingdom. Hence, commutation could be a problem because you are dependent on some one else to drive you around. Usually, single working women stay together in the same apartment. They enter into a private arrangement with some transporter or their sponsor takes care of their transport to work.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Working women in Saudi Arabia
Working in Saudi Arabia could be a challenge, particularly for women. Unfortunately, only a few professions are open for working women. Teachers, Doctors, Nurses and house maids are a few of those jobs which women are allowed to work. Usually, working women find it easier if their husbands also work in the same city. For those who are not accompanied by their husbands, life could be quite uncomfortable.
Many teachers do part-time jobs at home taking tuitions. Qualified teachers are in great demand in the kingdom and private tuitions for the kids is big business. Some women also do translation work sitting from the comfort of their homes. There are also painting classes, music classes, etc., by women but all of these are strictly on one to one basis as a private arrangement.
House maids have a tough work cut out for themselves. Some countries have prohibited their nationals from working as maids in Saudi Arabia due to fleecing and physical abuse by their sponsors. Of course, there are good sponsors who treat their maids properly, but in majority of the cases they are not.
There is almost no social life for single working women in Saudi Arabia. Those with their husbands also visit other families for social interaction as there is not much by way of entertainment. However, on a short-term perspective, particularly for doctors and nurses, expatriate working women can save quite some money as they are paid reasonably well.