Why work in Saudi Arabia?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East and is the birthplace and spiritual home of Islam. It is also one of the most difficult places on earth to visit so a period working here grants rare access.
From the ancient, rock hewn archaeological site of Madain Saleh, to the world-class diving off the Red Sea coast, the mudbrick ruins of Dir'aiyah and the Asir Mountains of the southwest, this is a country of beauty and contrast. And then there is all that desert - most famously the Empty Quarter - an eery expanse of undulating dunes.
Jeddah, the Red Sea port is relatively cosmopolitan, as is capital Riyadh. Here elegant cafés and restaurants jostle with shops ranging from traditional souks to upmarket malls with the latest designer ranges.
The Saudi Embassy advises women to dress conservatively in public. This means wearing ankle-length dresses with long sleeves and strictly no trousers. In many areas and particularly in Riyadh, women are pressured to wear an abaya - a head to toe black covering. A woman traveling with a man who is not her husband, sponsor or a male relative can be arrested.
Given that the accommodation is paid for, and that rates of pay are excellent, many expats choose to work in Saudi Arabia for a period to save money and return home having done exactly that. Being located in the Middle East also means many holiday destinations in Africa, India, Australia and South East Asia are much closer than from Europe.The official language is Arabic but English is widely understood and always used by Pulse staff in their place of work.