Ever since this blog was started, it has become extremely popular among all the potential and existing expatriates by the day. This just shows the dearth of reliable information available for expatriates in Saudi Arabia.
I have been frequently getting comments from a few people voicing their opinions about working in Saudi Arabia. My attention is particularly drawn towards those which are rather negative, because it reflects either a lack of awareness or probably contempt or maybe a combination of both.
I have already covered in my earlier post about this, but would like to now emphasize a few points here. Before coming to Saudi Arabia, you must first decide what you need. Are you looking for a cozy life, lots of fun and frolic, alcohol, entertainment and enjoyment, etc? Sorry Sir, this is not the place for you. To put it bluntly, expatriates working in Saudi Arabia are here for tax-free money, nothing more nothing less!
There are a lot of blogs which paint quite a negative picture about this country and a lot more potential expatriates who have a pre-conceived mindset that this place is nothing short of hell on earth. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion on anything. I have seen some expatriates, who at the end of the day, have nothing but a mouthful of abuse on the system. Agreed, it is not a bed of roses here, but who compels you to work here if you are not comfortable? You chose to come here because you wanted the money, no one invited you with a red carpet. One cannot enjoy the tax-free money and at the same time complain about the system and the society where one works. It's either take it or leave it.
I have my own opinions too, like everyone else, but they would never appear in public domain in this blog. The intention of this blog is just to provide factual, reliable and accurate information to potential expatriates planning to work in Saudi Arabia, which is what makes it so popular.
Working in Saudi Arabia is a challenge, no doubt, but it is purely up to you to make your world lovable. In certain ways, all of us are kind of mercenaries, working for money. So, love for your job is the last thing which should come to your mind. You are hired here because you are needed here, not because someone adores you. The day you are perceived as of no use to your sponsor, you are out of this place, so you must be ready to accept this fact. Love your work, not your job, and don't complain, because it's of no use anyway. Realize that every day you spend here is a day you have earned money, but that doesn't mean that it will be perpetual, because the only thing certain in Saudi Arabia is uncertainty!