The oasis region of Al Ahsa in eastern Saudi Arabia has the greenest scenery in the country. An abundance of fresh water springs along with continuous sunshine sustain the area's numerous palm trees and a thriving local agriculture.
With a history that stretches back around 2000 years, Al Ahsa is today home to shopping centres, a pottery works in the Jabal Al-Qarah cave and the King Abdullah Environmental Park with its dancing fountains, Heritage Village and amusement rides.
While life in Al Ahsa and Saudi Arabia on the whole is famously restrictive, Pulse staff live in compounds so have a more Western day to day existence; most compounds are cosmopolitan, social hubs, well equipped with a pool, a gym, at least one shop and in some you'll even find hairdressers. Given that the accommodation is paid for, and that rates of pay are excellent, many expats choose to work in the Middle East for a period to save money and return home having done exactly that.