I'm looking for advice and tips for my move to Saudi, which should be in August as I've recently received my contract and visa block. I have been researching this move and hopefully have a balanced view of a situation to expect- keyword hopefully :). However now that I know my move is definite, I want as much info as possible, especially from South Africans if possible, but any objective advice/info will be appreciated.
Background: Single female moving as esl instructor for the first time. 28 years old, mba candidate. I would appreciate insightful and objective feedback on the following.
*Al Khaleej: My employer will be Al Khaleej Training and Education- anyone have experience or advice with this employer? I won't know till after 'orientation' where I will be placed.
*Compound life - my understanding is segrgation from 'normal' Saudi life? I know they range from low cost to more affluent, but what can I typically expect? I'll be sharing with a flatmate.
*I know most things are available in Saudi, but is there anything I should definitely bring from South Africa? Someone mentioned toothpaste on another website.
*Any other advice: Such as info you wish someone had given you before you arrived in Saudi. I know all females have to wear the abaya and headscarf, no driving, limited interaction with males in public. Any arabic phrases I need to know before I get there?
Thank you in advance, more than anything feedback on Al Khaleej would be appreciated, have an uncle in Qatar who wants to know that I don' t end up in a dodgy situation.