Social Aspects in KAMC & KSA
Staff recreation services offer a variety of leisure time activities for you, including… a fully equipped gym, swimming (Olympic size pool), squash, tennis, softball, soccer, basketball, movies, planned social events and trips to the desert. We have an Internet cafe on site and lots more activities are also available on a regular basis (we receive a monthly schedule of daily trips to shops, souks etc…).
Hash walking is also very popular in Saudi Arabia and there are many organized groups who partake in this activity.
Many people also take advantage of the chance to learn something new whether it is scuba diving (don’t forget we have the red sea in Jeddah, which is famous for it’s fabulous underwater coral and reefs), golf or horseback riding!
We also have a coffee shop and restaurant on site, a jewelry store, carpet shop and a supermarket, a dress-makers and a dry-cleaning service (for your convenience).
Eating out remains a very popular pastime within the Kingdom and as such there is a wide range of restaurants in the cities; serving traditional Lebanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, American and British style dishes. If you are only looking for a quick snack you can normally find a fast-food outlet around any corner, including; McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and many others.
Cinemas, discos, dancing halls and bars are not allowed within the Kingdom, however, there are many social events organized by expatriates within their given compounds and the local Embassies also provide many major social events, including Cultural events and Sports-Nite’s. We do recommend you register with your local Embassy.
Living in Saudi Arabia offers fabulous holiday and travel opportunities. There are many fascinating trips that are organized through either the recreational centre on the compound or through other expatriate groups. Saudi itself has some great sights. For example the AlDeriah ruins - which are the original city of Riyadh (about 500 years old), the Red Sands where the dunes are as high as 30 meters. Dubai and Bahrain are common choices for a weekend away! In close proximity to Saudi Arabia are a number of excellent vacation spots, including Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey and Egypt, Greece and a number of Gulf State countries. These are very popular destinations, which are inexpensive, and flights and accommodation are easily organized within the Kingdom.
It is important to note that women are not allowed to drive in Riyadh. KAMC provides a taxi service, which is inexpensive.
Shopping in Riyadh is typical of most major cities throughout the world except for the wonderful ancient souks. These traditional markets remain an important feature of shopping and have on offer an amazing range of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables, the most beautiful carpets and wood work to stunning jewelry in gold and silver.
There are also several world-class shopping centers in Riyadh and Jeddah, which have a wide range of shops offering wonderful clothes, shoes, jewelry, gifts and literally anything else you may want to buy!
The majority of UK High Street stores all have shops in Riyadh and Jeddah, including Harvey Nicols, Marks and Spencers, Oasis, Topshop, Next, River Island, Debenhams!
We also have Sax Fifth Avenue – sales are twice a year and designer gear can be purchased for a steal, with discounts up to 75%!
When shopping women must wear the traditional black cloak known as an Abaya, we also advise carrying a head scarf… in respect to the culture.
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