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									                  Faculty A – Z March 2003




          Faculty A-Z

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             Faculty A – Z March 2003




A - Z
To the Reader
 This handbook is intended to provide
 some basic information about life at
 KFUPM. It deals only with what may
 roughly   be  called  social  issues.
 Information on Academic Affairs is
 not included.
 Items are arranged in alphabetical
 order although some specific items
 may come under a general heading,
 e.g. Insurance under Cars or Medical.
 We have tried to make sure all
 information is as up to date as
 possible. However, things do change
 so if any erroneous information is
 given, please be tolerant.
 If you come      across anything that is
 out of date or    just plain wrong, please
 bring it to       the attention of any
 member    of     the   Ways   and   Means
 Committee.



 Mike Fletcher
 Chairman Ways and Means Committee




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Contents
                                                                                                                            Page
 ARAMCO ............................................................................................................. 4
 Bahrain .................................................................................................................. 4
 Beaches ................................................................................................................. 5
 Bureaucracy ........................................................................................................... 6
 Bookstores ............................................................................................................. 7
 Bus Services........................................................................................................... 8
 Cars ........................................................................................................................ 9
 Computers............................................................................................................ 14
 Consulates............................................................................................................ 16
 Fax Services......................................................................................................... 17
 Gate Policy .......................................................................................................... 17
 History of the Eastern Region.............................................................................. 18
 Housing................................................................................................................ 19
 Iqama ................................................................................................................... 21
 Language Courses................................................................................................ 21
 Libraries............................................................................................................... 22
 Mail Room ........................................................................................................... 23
 Maintenance – Housing ....................................................................................... 23
 Medical & Health ................................................................................................ 23
 Money ................................................................................................................. 25
 Newspapers & Magazines ................................................................................... 26
 Notice Boards ...................................................................................................... 27
 Opticians .............................................................................................................. 28
 Police Vehicles .................................................................................................... 28
 Recreation Centre ............................................................................................... 28
 Restaurants & Eating Out ................................................................................... 29
 Schools................................................................................................................. 30
 Shopping.............................................................................................................. 32
 Sports ................................................................................................................... 36
 Summer Vacation ................................................................................................ 39
 Tax ....................................................................................................................... 41
 Taxis .................................................................................................................... 42
 Telephone Service ............................................................................................... 43
 Television ............................................................................................................ 43
 Tipping................................................................................................................. 43
 Visas .................................................................................................................... 43
 Water .................................................................................................................. 46
 Weather................................................................................................................ 47
 Women’s Affairs ................................................................................................. 47




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ARAMCO
 ARAMCO is located adjacent to the KFUPM campus. ARAMCO is security
 conscious and the entry of non-Aramcons is controlled. To enter, you must be
 visiting a friend inside the compound and you need to have that person’s telephone
 number when you drive there.
 1.   Approach the gates slowly. At night, turn off your lights as you approach. Tell
      the guard at the first gate that you are going to visit a friend.
 2.   At the second gate, you may be asked to stop and show identification. KFUPM
      ID is usually sufficient, but have your iqama (or a photocopy) and/or driving
      licence with you. Park your car in the lot provided.
 3.   Go to the guard office and telephone your ARAMCO host.
 4.   Wait for the guard to pick up his phone connected to your line; he will then
      speak to your host to verify that you are an invited guest. He will record the
      host’s name, and house, telephone, and ID numbers.
 6.   Provide the guard with your iqama or University ID and your licence plate
      number. If more than one adult (other than a family unit) is entering, the guard
      may require identification for each non-related person.
 If you leave after 11 pm, you must sign out. Otherwise, you are able to leave
 without a further security check.




Bahrain
General
 Bahrain, an island in the Arabian Gulf with a population of some 428,000 and an
 area of 678 square km, is a kingdom ruled by the King Isa bin-Suliman Al-Khalifah.
 The government of Bahrain encourages tourism, so it is worth a visit during an
 inter-semester break or weekend. In fact, many teachers go for weekend visits; some
 even go for a day.

Getting There
 Gulf Air operates daily flights to Bahrain, with a flying time of about 15 minutes,
 It is cheaper and more interesting to drive your car over the 25 km-long King Fahd
 Causeway, which links Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The road journey takes about an
 hour although customs and passport formalities can cause delays depending on the
 time of crossing. Wednesday evenings, for example, can be busy.
 You can also take a taxi - about SR300 for a Hanco Limo.
 A bus service is also available (see Bus Service, Inter-city).
 If you are catching or meeting a plane, allow two hours by car, or a little longer by
 bus, when crossing the bridge.

Hotels
 There are plenty of first-class and deluxe hotels which offer discount rates if you
 ask for them, and there are restaurants to suit all palates. The hotels are located in


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 Manama, the capital, which has maintained a lot of its old-world charm. Colleagues
 will advise.

Things to do
 There are two museums: the Heritage Museum and the recently-opened National
 Museum. Of considerable archaeological interest are the sites of the ancient Dilmun
 civilisation. There is also a wildlife park. Ask at your hotel for particulars of
 conducted tours.

Visas
 Visas for Bahrain are required of most nationalities, but not British. They cost
 SR100. UK residents do not need a visa.
 You must have your passport with a Saudi Arabian exit/re-entry visa (which costs
 SR200 for single, SR500 for multiple) in order to leave and re-enter the Kingdom.




Beaches
KFUPM Beach
 The University has a private beach area about 40 km from the campus on a sizeable
 dune-fringed inlet of the Arabian Gulf, known as Half Moon Bay. Facilities for
 faculty and staff members and their families include a family swimming beach,
 changing rooms with showers and toilets, shaded picnic areas (some with tables,
 benches and barbecue grills), and a weekend snack bar. There is also a fenced area
 for powerboats, dinghies and windsurfing boards, and a launching ramp. Sailing
 conditions in the Bay are excellent most of the year.
 Beach hours are the following:
         Saturday to Tuesday             2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
         Wednesday                       2 p.m.– Midnight
         Thursday and Friday             8 a.m.–Midnight
 These times change occasionally, but especially during the month of Ramadan and
 the Eid holidays following Ramadan and Hajj. The new times are posted on the Rec.
 Centre snack bar notice board and published in the Rec. Centre Weekly Bulletin.
 The beach facility is the responsibility of the Director of the Recreation Centre.
 The following regulations apply:
 1. Ensure that your car has a KFUPM security sticker.
 2. ID cards or beach passes must be shown at the gate. These are also required for
    your dependants.
 3. Faculty and Staff are not allowed to use the Student Beach and vice-versa.
 4. All cars must be correctly parked in the spaces designated for that purpose.
 5. No vehicles are to be driven on the beach or sand dunes.
 6. Keep the beach and shelters clean. Put all trash in the cans provided.
 7. Respect prayer times.
 8. Observe the beach closing time. Advise the gateman if you intend to spend the
    night at the beach.


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 9. No bicycles are permitted at the beach.
 10. You may bring guests to the beach by paying SR10 per guest at the gate. Guests
     at the beach must be accompanied by their hosts.
 11. Boats cannot be taken to or left at the beach unless they are registered with the
     Saudi Coast Guard.
 12. Beach safety is clearly important, especially for families. There is no rescue
     service, nor are there lifeguards on duty.
 13. The shelf from shallow to deep water is very steep. While in the water, it is not
     always possible to see this very steep slope. Therefore, if you, your family or
     guests are not strong swimmers, stay close to shore.
 14. Ensure that your guests are aware of the safety regulations. Their safety is your
     responsibility.

Public Beaches
 There are many miles of public beaches. The city of Al-Khobar is upgrading its
 beachfront to include playground equipment. The beaches, within a half-hour drive
 of the University, are well used, especially on weekends. At Half Moon Bay, about
 a half-hour drive away, there are playgrounds, picnic shelters, fast-food stands,
 toilets and an amusement park. At most of these beaches, you can drive almost to
 the water’s edge. At more remote places, a four wheel-drive vehicle may be
 required. For ladies, Western-style swimwear is best reserved for the University
 beach. Driving over sand dunes is not permitted. For those interested in dune
 driving, it is advised to go out to more remote areas. Three-wheeled ‘all terrain
 vehicles’ are illegal and their import has been prohibited.




Bureaucracy
General
 All countries have their idiosyncratic administrative systems and Saudi Arabia is no
 exception. At times, however, it is not always easy to know exactly what the
 regulations are, as they can change without notice. Nevertheless, there is a silver
 lining to this cloud - the Faculty Affairs Office staff (Floor 6, Building 21) are
 extremely efficient and will be very helpful to those who are very polite and very
 patient.

Documents to bring on first arrival
 Bring original or notarised1 copies of documents such as the following:
 ♦ copies of own degrees and teaching certificates and other similar documents
 ♦ spouse’s degrees and teaching certificates if she plans to look for employment,
 ♦ birth certificates, self, spouse, children as appropriate
 ♦ marriage certificate, essential if your spouse and/or dependants do not
   accompany you when you first come to the Kingdom and you wish to have
   visas issued for them later


 1
      In UK, notary fees can be substantial. Documents can be notarised by British
      Embassies and High Commissions for much less.


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  For children enrolling in school here,
  ♦ a certified record of vaccinations. For most institutions, the WHO Vaccination
    Certificate is usually sufficient and sometimes required. If possible, you should
    contact the school in which you are thinking of enrolling your child prior to
    leaving your home country to determine what documents will be required.

Driving licences, car registration, etc.
  see under cars

Initial Costs
  Newcomers should be advised that initial arrival is not without its costs so they
  should check on current regulations and come as prepared as possible. An example
  of such costs is the iqama (ID) which currently costs SAR1000 for two years.
  Although dependants are normally added to this free, during the first part of 2001,
  there was an additional charge of SAR2000 for each dependant2.

Photos
  Newcomers should come armed with a good supply of ID photos for themselves
  (20?) and their families (10 each).

Visas
  See Visa section




Bookstores
  The best bookstores in the Al-Khobar area are Jarir Bookstores:
  ♦ Main branch: tel: 894 3311: on the Corniche beachfront road just north of
    Tamimi Safeway.
  ♦ Al Rashid Mall branch: 898 2491: On middle floor next to Toyland.
  KFUPM faculty and their family members are given a 10% discount on all items
  except newspapers and magazines, and those already discounted. Show your ID
  card. Ask about other possible reductions.




Bus Services
KFUPM Buses
  During regular school periods, the shuttle bus runs from North Compound to the
  Jebel, the Recreation Centre, the Loops, Ferdaws Court (‘East Compound,’) the Co-
  Op Store, and back to North Compound.
  A special 7 a.m. bus follows a route from East Compound to the Jebel and the ELC
  as a service to those who teach early classes, but it does not usually reach the ELC
  until 7:28 a.m. The bus runs hourly. Its schedule, which changes during the summer


  2
       Commercial companies pay such charges on behalf of their employees and their
       families. KFUPM does not.


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 and holidays, is usually posted at the library and the Rec. Centre. The last bus from
 the ELC back to housing areas is at 3:08 p.m.

Shopping Buses
 Buses pick up at the bus stops in Ferdaws and other bus stops on the campus.
 Buses to Al-Khobar run on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. They pick up at all
 bus stops starting at the bus stop across from the Co-Op. These buses return to
 campus at 11.30.
 There is also a bus to Al-Khobar on Monday nights at 7.30 pm, returning at 9.30.
 On Sundays a bus leaves campus at 8.30 a.m. and goes to the Rashid Mall and on
 into Al-Khobar.
 Buses to Dammam run Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.30. Buses run to the
 Rashid Mall on Sunday mornings.
 Currently men are not allowed on the morning buses. Times often change without
 notice. Always verify times with the Rec. Centre.
 Farm 5 and Farm 9 are local supermarkets that run a free bus service from campus.
 Times are as follows:
                 Farm 5      Sunday 3.30
                             Tuesday 12.15
                             Wednesday 3.15
                             Thursday 9.30 and 3.30.
                 Farm 9      Monday 3.30.

                 Notes       The time allowance is approx. one hour.
                             Next to the Farm 5 in the Doha area, there
                             is also a fish market.

Local Buses
 Public buses are operated by the Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company
 (SAPTCO). SAPTCO bus #3 runs from downtown Al-Khobar to KFUPM via
 Thuqba and the Airport. From the campus it continues to Dammam, and then
 returns by the same route. The trip between campus and Al-Khobar takes about 30
 minutes; the trip to Dammam lasts about 45 minutes. Buses run every hour, but they
 often do not make stops at regular times; however, until recently, the bus going to
 Dammam generally passed through about 40 minutes to the hour.
 The cost is SR2. Men must enter and sit in the front; there is a special area for
 women in the back with a separate rear entrance. There are bus stops in front of the
 ELC and just outside the Main Gate to the University.
 The #3 bus does not enter the campus for several days during the Eid periods
 because the North Gate is closed. You must indicate to the driver that you want to
 exit at KFUPM; he will leave the freeway and drop you off before the Main Gate.

School buses
 School buses for Dhahran Academy, the British School, Dammam Girls’ College,
 and various other institutions make the rounds in the morning calling at the Ferdaws
 Court bus stops. A booklet of bus schedules (including the day and night time
 shopping buses) is available at the telephone office in Building 21, or by calling
 Transportation (3030).



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Cars
  Many newcomers may wish to acquire transportation soon after arrival. However,
  loans cannot be obtained within the first year of contract so if you want a new car,
  you will have to bring money with you. A good used car can cost around SR20,000.
  Shipping a car into Saudi Arabia is not recommended. It is a very lengthy process
  and involves complicated bureaucracy.
  Some people select 4-wheel drive vehicles in order to go camping in the desert,
  while others buy ‘regular’ cars just to go shopping and driving around on main
  roads. Large models are often considered to provide additional protection in case of
  accident. While gasoline is relatively cheap (around US$.35/gallon), there are a lot
  of hidden extras in buying a car. You are well advised to buy a new car or a fairly
  new second-hand car. Check the KFUPM, ARAMCO and other notice boards for
  second-hand cars for sale.

Accidents: What to Do in the Event of an Accident:
  1.   No matter how slight the accident, you are required by law to contact the police
       (993). Do not remove the vehicle from the scene of the accident unless directed
       to by the police. Any repairs necessary to your vehicle can only be authorised
       once permission from the police has been obtained.
  2.   In no circumstances admit liability in any way or make money transactions.
  3.   Do not discuss the fact that you have insurance.
  4.   Notify your insurance company immediately after every accident together with
       the names of any witnesses. Before damage is repaired, estimates have to be
       obtained from 3 approved garages.
  5.   If there is disagreement about liability at the scene of the accident, you must go
       to the police station on the following day to argue your case. The Passport
       Office (2424) will provide someone to speak on your behalf.

Buying a New Car:
  ♦ There are five things that you need before purchasing a new car: a Certificate of
    Service from Personnel, a copy of your iqama; a copy of your University ID; a
    copy of your Saudi driving licence; a copy of the front passport pages and your
    visa.
  ♦ The government sets limits on new car prices so there is not a lot of room for
    negotiation (i.e. discounts run between 500-3000 SR).
  ♦ Foreigners are not permitted to register pickup trucks or other work-related
    vehicles.
  ♦ Prices on spare parts vary dramatically among different makes and models, and
    it is impossible to draw broad generalisations on these variations. For instance,
    the tendency to categorise Japanese makes as requiring more expensive parts
    does not always apply in today's market. So-called American cars may contain
    Japanese engines or vice-versa. It is recommended that you call various dealers
    and parts stores to compare price as well as availability of spare parts (e.g.
    compressors and alternators).
  ♦ Most dealers will quote prices over the phone. A lot of time can be saved by
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 ♦ Warranties in Saudi Arabia differ from their Western counterparts. Be sure to
   inquire about the warranties on different makes and models.

Buying a Used Car
 1. Both buyer and seller go to an authorized dealer with the car.
 2. The seller must produce his Istimara (Registration Document) and a valid MVPI
    (Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection) Certificate.
 3. The buyer needs to show his Iqama and Saudi Driving Licence, as well as letter
    from KFUPM authorising him to buy the car - standard letter available from
    Passport Office in Building 21.
 4. The buyer is obliged to pay for the transfer of ownership – SR300 in March
    2003.
 5. After 3 days, the new Istimara can be picked up.
 6. Note that the 3-year period of validity of the new Istimara is dated according to
    the original document held by the seller. Thus, if the seller has used up one
    year, the buyer is left with two.

Car Auctions
 The local car market and auction is called the Souk Sayara. The market is located
 about 15 km from here on the Abu Hadriyah Road. Friday at 3:00 p.m. is the best
 time to go; the auction starts between 3:30-4:00 p.m. Cars get in lines while the
 auctioneer accepts bids on each car. When there is no more bidding, the owner has
 the option of accepting the highest bid or simply driving off. There are hundreds of
 cars and the choice is wide.

Dealers: Information for Car Buyers
 See Appendix 6


Driving
 Being a careful driver is good protection against most unpleasant road experiences.
 Beware of lane dodgers and keep a close eye on your rear-view mirror. Avoid
 confrontation. Stay cool.
 Most traffic fines are SR900 and may include a few days in jail. It is wise to carry
 SR900 with you at all times as for most violations you can pay the policeman on the
 spot and avoid a trip to the police station.
 You are required by law to have a small fire extinguisher and a reflective red road-
 warning triangle in the car at all times.
 The freeway speed limit is 120 km per hour unless otherwise posted. Keep an eye
 on in-town speed limit signs. These are often written only in Arabic numbers. While
 most locals do not observe speed limits, you might still be the one picked out by the
 traffic police, if speeding.

Driving Licence
 All residents of the Kingdom who wish to drive a car must obtain a Saudi licence -
 International Driving Permits are not sufficient. If you already possess a licence
 from your own country (with a minimum remaining validity of three months), You
 can get a Saudi licence. Go to Building 21, Room 615 (Passport Office) with four
 passport photos (with glasses, if worn) and follow instructions.

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 If you do not hold a licence. it is possible to take a driving course in Dammam. The
 course lasts fifteen days, three days per week over five weeks.
 Renewing the Licence. Driving Licences must be renewed every 5 Islamic years.
 The procedure is the same as that for procuring a licence in the first place.
 An International Driving Licence is obtainable through many travel agencies in
 Al-Khobar. The cost varies between SR80 to SR150. Ask around before you buy.

Fines
 Fines for moving violations are SR900 and must be settled immediately. Police
 rarely give citations for moving violations, however. Therefore, while driving, you
 should be aware of other drivers taking liberties with traffic regulations.

Parking
 General
 It is usually easy to find a place to park in most areas in town. Supermarkets usually
 have dedicated parking lots.


 ELC Parking
 There is ample parking space at the ELC. Spaces are allocated: Coded Blue for
 Faculty, Coded Brown for Administrative staff.
 A small fine (between SR10 and SR50) may be imposed if you park in an
 inappropriate place. This will be deducted from your salary.
 Traffic congestion frequently occurs at the beginning and end of every working day
 and between shifts, so teachers try to time their arrivals and departures to avoid the
 rush.

Inspection
 All cars must undergo a car inspection when it is time to renew your car registration
 - every three years – Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection Test = MVPI – or annually
 if the car is old. You risk a fine if you are found delinquent. The calendar is Hijra so
 that each year loses 11 days on the Western calendar.
 The inspection centre nearest to KFUPM is located on the Riyadh–Abu Hadriyah
 Highway, about a 30-minute drive from the University. Signs along the way direct
 you to the station. Many teachers get someone local to take the car to the test centre
 for them in return for a small fee.
 Inspection includes the following: headlights, brakes, exhaust fumes, undercarriage,
 bodywork, and windows. Dents and old, hard-to-read licence plates could mean that
 the car would not pass. New plates can be obtained for about SR30 near the test
 centre.

Insurance
 Insurance is now obligatory in KSA.
 Some companies offer special discount rates for KFUPM faculty - be sure to ask
 about this. Rates are quite low (compared to the USA), for example, SR350 per
 annum for third party liability or SR600 per annum for comprehensive. A letter
 from a previous insurance company showing a clean driving record for the past 3
 years will enable insurance salesmen in the Kingdom to give a sizeable reduction of
 fees.

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  Saudi Brokers Company Limited have an office in Building 21 (near the Passport
  Office). Their rates are very reasonable and several members of faculty insure with
  them.

Papers to carry at all times
  Whenever you drive, you should have the following with you:
  1.   Your driving licence
  2.   The latest car inspection report
  3.   A photocopy of the istimara, or blue registration card (keep the original at
       home)
  4.   Insurance papers (not a legal requirement)
  5.   Your iqama
  6.   Your University ID card
  7.   Advised: SR900. In the event of a traffic violation, officers prefer to collect
       fines on the spot, and being able to pay may keep you from spending time in
       jail.
  8.   ELC Faculty Address and Phone List. Fold a copy and put it in your wallet.
       This will be your most useful address list here.

Registration
  When you purchase a car from another individual, you become responsible for
  getting the registration (the blue registration card, istimara in Arabic) converted
  from his name to yours. See Buying a Car above.

Registration renewal
  The registration for all vehicles must be renewed every three years at a cost of
  SR300.
  Each year the local calendar moves ahead 11 days, so after 3 years, it has moved up
  about 33 days. Make sure you renew registration in time; there is a SR100 fine for
  late renewal.
  Registration can be completed through an agent, as described in Cars, Registration,
  or it can be handled by you at the Al-Khobar Traffic Police station.
  Be sure you know the registration expiry date, which is written in Arabic on the
  istimara: there is a stiff fine, as well as a potential jail term, for late renewal. If you
  are out of the country at renewal time, take your passport as evidence of your
  absence - this will be accepted as a reason for late renewal, usually without penalty.
  The KFUPM Passport Office can also help you renew the registration. There are six
  things you will need: the old, original istimara; the new car inspection certificate,
  original; a driving licence, photocopy; the iqama, photocopy; a fee of SR300; your
  signature on an application form, available in the office.

Repairing
  Spare parts for most cars are available. Chevrolets are generally the easiest cars to
  get spares for.
  Labour is reasonable, but parts are expensive. There are a number of reasonable
  repair shops around.




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 ♦ Saudi Danish repair shop, 857-0372, on the Dammam-Al-Khobar highway,
   north of Pepsi Road and opposite the Goodyear Tire store. They have a large
   garage and work on most makes of cars.
 ♦ Super Workshop in the “car repair souk” in Thuqba; again, reasonable shop
   rates but expensive parts depending on the make of car.
 ♦ OK AUTO SERVICE (898 1030) just off the main highway from Al-Khobar to
   the Causeway.
 You can sometimes buy the parts yourself - bargaining with the parts supplier - and
 arrange separately for a mechanic to install them. Beware of imitation parts which
 can be much cheaper than originals but often less reliable. Some mechanics
 employed by the University may be willing to do certain jobs on site. Ask around
 for details.

Renting a Car:
 Several car rental agencies are located at the start of the business district on
 Dhahran Street in Al-Khobar. Prices are about 90-110 SR (+30 halalas/km over 100
 km) for one day for a compact car.

Shipping a Car:
 Shipping a car to Saudi Arabia from outside is generally not advised although there
 may be circumstances when it is necessary.

Scrapping Your Car
 1. Take the car to an authorised junk yard. If the vehicle is not driveable, arrange
    for a tow truck or low-loader to move it for you. This will cost in region of
    SR100.
 2. Negotiate a scrap price with the yard.
 3. The yard will then supply a document which contains all the car details. You
    take this document plus the car plates to the Traffic Police.
 4. You will have to wait two days while the Police remove all details of the car
    from the computer.
 5. After the two day period, the Police will return the stamped document to you.
    Note that any outstanding fines will have to have been paid.
 6. You take the stamped document back to the junk year and collect the agreed
    amount.



Towing
 To get towed to a repair shop, go to Makkah Street in Thuqba and hire one of the
 tow-truck drivers waiting for a fare. Negotiate the fee beforehand.
 If you are having your car towed off the campus, you must first get a letter of
 permission from KFUPM Security, located across from the old mosque near the
 North Gate. You must show security your istimara and your ID card.
 If your car has stopped on a major road, you can put up your hood/bonnet and wait
 for a tow truck driver. These drivers cruise the highways looking for breakdowns.




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Computers
Computers at ELC
 Most Faculty offices are now provided with at least one computer. As Faculty share
 offices, this means they share the office computer.
 Connections to the KFUPM Intranet are fast but Internet connections which are
 routed through KCAST in Riyadh by landline can be slower.

Computer Exhibitions.
 Every fall, a computer exhibition is held at the Dhahran Exhibition Centre on the
 Dammam Road near the Toyota Dealer.
 The University hosts another show in the spring.

Buying a Computer
 Computer Stores
 There are many computer stores in and around Al-Khobar and Dammam. As things
 change rapidly in this sphere, it is best to seek advice after arrival.


 Prices
 Prices are generally lower than UK but higher than US. Occasionally, exceptionally
 good bargains can be had for the latest hardware and software.


 Warranties
 As anywhere, check out warranties and service agreements before finalising
 purchase.

KFUPM Firewall
 The KFUPM Intranet is protected by a Firewall. Personal computers must be
 appropriately configured in order to pass through it to the Internet. This is not
 difficult but help is available if needed.


 Restrictions
 Access to certain sites is prohibited. Prohibited sites are mostly pornographic in
 nature although some political or religious ones are also included.
 There are certain limits on the KFUPM network – it does not for example support
 RealPlayer.
 You can if you like, buy a connection card for an outside, independent ISP of which
 there are quite a number. See below.

KFUPM Website
 The KFUPM Website can be viewed at www.kfupm.edu.sa. It is informative and it
 is well worth browsing through it. It has a Webmail service which allows registered
 Faculty to access their KFUPM mail from outside servers, i.e. from any Internet
 connected computer in the world – obviously very useful during vacations. See also
 Visitor Information under www.kfupm.edu.sa/information/visitor-info/visitor.html.


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RAS
  The Remote Access Service (RAS) allows teachers to connect a home computer to
  the University Intranet and thence to the Internet. This service is free and as long
  you have a modem, you can register for it.
  The RAS operates through the University telephone lines so its speed is limited.
  Also, there is often heavy demand so getting connected can be difficult at times,
  especially on Friday evenings. However, this service is constantly being upgraded
  and is getting better and better. Connection speeds of 46 bps are now possible.
  Configuring a computer is relatively easy if one is computer literate. If not, there are
  a number of teachers who will help. Details of the configuration are available from
  the ITC (Information Technology Centre) in Building 14 and also in Appendix XX.
  ITC staff will actually do the configuration for you if you bring your computer to
  them but this is not always convenient.

Getting Help
  ITC staff are generally helpful although at times some perseverance and/or patience
  may be required.
  There are a number of people in and around the ELC who are knowledgeable and
  helpful regarding computers and ICT. Ask around if you need help. Most are
  willing although work constraints can limit what they can do.

Outside Servers
  Some home users prefer to connect to independent ISPs. This can be done by
  purchasing a connection card for about SR150 which gives 50 hours online. These
  cards are available from many computer stores.
  Independent servers require that the host computer be appropriately configured for
  which instructions are supplied with the card.
  Access to certain sites is still restricted as these restrictions are national rather than
  local.

Signing Up
  To access the KFUPM Network, newcomers must register at ITC (Information
  Technology Centre) in Building 14. There, you can choose your username
  (maximum 8 alphabetic characters only) and password (alphanumeric characters
  permitted). Separate passwords are assigned for Intranet access and KFUPM email.
  It is simpler (although not essential) to have the same password for both.

Voltage Stabilisers.
  Many teachers recommend the purchase of a voltage stabiliser to protect your
  computer from fluctuating currents at KFUPM. Others do not bother. There do not
  seem to be many serious problems in this area.




Consulates
General information
  There is a daily listing of Embassy and Consulate phone numbers in the Riyadh
  Daily newspaper. All of these numbers are in Riyadh, city code 01.


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  Bahrain         488-0044               Pakistan                      476-9900
  Canada          488-2288               Palestine                     488-0744
  Egypt           465-2800               Philippines                   454-0777
  France          488-1255               Qatar                         482-5544
  India           477-7006               Turkey                        464-8890
  Ireland         488-2300               United Arab Emirates          482-8803
  Jordan          488-0071               United Kingdom                488-0077
  Kuwait          488-3401               United States                 488-3800
  Lebanon         465-1000               Yemen                         464-2077
  Oman            465-0610

Canadian Consulate
  Canadian Embassy Consular Services
  PO Box 22593
  Riyadh 11416
  Telephone: 01-488-2288
  Canadian citizens should register with the Consular Section after arriving in Saudi
  Arabia. The consulate can be contacted regarding the issuance of passports, as well
  as for Canadian visas required for some non-Canadians.

United Kingdom Consulate
  The UK has a trade mission in Al-Bustan Compound (Khobar) which performs
  consular services. The gate guard will show you to the building. They have a
  telephone book of London, and can give addresses and telephone numbers over the
  phone.
  Hours Saturday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. –3 p.m.
  Phone: 857-0595 x1482

United Kingdom Embassy, Riyadh
  Visit www.ukm.org.sa

United States Consulate 891-3200
  Saturday-Wednesday, 8-11 a.m.; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  The United States Consulate for the Eastern Province is located near the KFUPM
  Main Gate. Phone inquiries are accepted from 8 a.m. to Noon and from 1:30–5 p.m.
  The phone is staffed 24 hours a day, but most information cannot be given after 5
  p.m. The Consulate provides the following services: protection of US citizens;
  welfare and whereabouts; procedure to follow in case of death; customs
  information; material services, oath, affidavit, acknowledgement of property sale,
  banking; passports; registration of a child’s birth to US citizens; registration of US
  citizens; election assistance; foreign visa requirements for US citizens; and US tax
  forms and booklets. The USIS office has a student counsellor available part-time on
  a daily basis. Call the USIS through the main number to inquire about hours.
  All U.S. citizens are advised to register with the Consulate when they arrive, and
  inform the Consulate of final departure.



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Fax Services
  FAX services are available in Room 202, Building 21. All you need is your
  University ID. The charges are fixed at standard international rates and are deducted
  from your salary thirty days later. Office hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; closed
  Thursday and Friday.
  You can receive a FAX message at the ELC in the Dean’s office (860-2341). You
  cannot send from this machine, but you can ask for permission to receive messages
  on it.
  Many teachers have their own fax machines at home.




Gate Policy
  KFUPM has an open gate policy. However, cars may be stopped at any time if there
  is no sticker so make sure your visitors have your number in case they are detained
  at the gate, although in fact this is rare.
  There are two gates: the Main Gate (eastern entrance, telephone 4706) and the
  smaller North Gate. The North Gate is best for going to ARAMCO. It is closed
  during Eid; it often closes at 11 p.m. during the year. The Main Gate is open 24
  hours a day.
  Drive slowly and turn off your headlights as you approach the gate.




History of the Eastern Region
  The most important ancient civilizations of the Eastern Region were: the
  Mesopotamian civilization of the 5th millennium BC, the Akkad empire of about
  2360 BC, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Kassites, the Assyrians and the Persians.
  Since the Eastern Region lies along the coast of an important trade route, the region
  has always been an important focus for the major civilizations and some historical
  sites remain today to remind us.
  Dammam, before the discovery of oil, was a small fishing and pearl gathering
  settlement. Dammam became the administrative and industrial centre and Al-
  Khobar, which achieved fame as the site of the first jetty for loading oil to be taken
  to Bahrain for refining, is now the commercial centre.
  Dhahran only came into existence in 1933 with the discovery of oil and the later
  construction of ARAMCO's administrative headquarters.

Places to Visit
  ARAMCO
  The ARAMCO Exhibit has the best museum in the Kingdom. The centre is a
  comprehensive layperson's guide to the oil industry with an emphasis on the
  technical side. It's also fun, especially for kids, with lots of buttons to push, user-
  participation displays and quizzes.




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Bani Khaled Village
The remains of settlements from 3,000 BC and the ruins of the mosque, which
contains semicircular arches and is within a 19th century fortress, are located at
Bani Khaled village, northeast of Al-Jubail.


Dammam
The Regional Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography is located at the railway
crossing on 1st Street near the Dammam Tower. It is on the 4th floor and is open
Saturday to Wednesday from 7:30 to 2:30pm. The collection includes Stone Age
tools, pottery (mainly Hellenistic and early Islamic) and examples of Bedouin crafts
and traditional dress. The museum also issues permits for the main archeological
sites of Qatif, Tarut Island, Thaj and Al-Hina. A passport or iqama is needed for
permits which can usually be processed the same day.


Hofuf
The town of Al-Hufuf is at the centre of the Al-Hasa oasis, which is one of the
largest in the world. As a result of the extensive and lush oasis, it is one of the
world's leading areas for date production. The souk is well worth a visit and is one
of the few places where genuine handmade Arabian coffee pots can be bought as
well as Bedouin weavings and silver jewellery. Go early 6.00am to the camel
market and then visit the caves.


Qasr Ibrahim
This well-preserved fort in Hofuf is almost entirely of Turkish construction and the
first fort on this site was built in 1688-89. The mosque inside was built circa 1566.
However, the present fort dates from the beginning of the 19th century, and a
Turkish garrison occupied it until 1913. A permit has to be obtained to visit the fort.


Jawatha Mosque
Built in the village of Kailabiyah, about 12km northeast of Hofuf, is the site of the
Jawatha Mosque, the third holiest site after Mecca and Medina. Built at the time of
the Bani Abdulqai tribe, which lived there before and early in the Islamic period,
this mosque is believed to be the first mosque built in Eastern Province and is where
Friday prayer was first performed by Mohammed for only the second time outside
of Medina. However, the original mosque is long gone.


Qatif
Qatif is 13 km north of Dammam and one of the centres of the Eastern Provinces
large Shiite community. Qatif was first settled around 3500 BC and before the
discovery of oil it was the main settlement on this part of the coast. The town has
both an excellent fruit and vegetable market and fish market. The fortified quarter of
Old Qatif, Al-Qalah, was partly inhabited until the mid-1970s. The first fort on this
site was built circa 3rd century BC though the oldest building now standing is a 14th
century mosque. Some of the existing houses date back 400 years. The Al-Shamasi
House was built around 1910 and has been restored by the government as an
example of typical Eastern Province architecture. Both the above sites require a
permit, which is issued by the Dammam Museum.


Safwa
The Jawan Tomb is about 2 km north of Safwa and dates to the fourth century AD,
the Hellenic Greek period. The ruins were unearthed in 1986 by a group of people

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 on a desert picnic and may well be older than any church now existing in Europe.
 Little is known about this church, but it was probably connected to one of the five
 Nestorian bishoprics, which existed in this part of the Gulf in the 4th century.
 Permits are not available to visit the site, but it can be seen from outside the
 perimeter fence.


 Tarout Island
 The island is worth a visit, particularly the old fort and the village of Dareen.


 Thaj and Al-Hina
 The ruined fortresses of Thaj and Al-Hina lie in the desert about 100 km west of
 Dammam and are a short distance off the old road to Nuraiyah. A permit from the
 Dammam Museum is needed to visit these sites. Thaj, the larger of the two sites,
 was occupied between 300 and 100 BC and was in ruins by the 6th century. In those
 times, the city was surrounded by a lake.




Housing
Families
 If you have a family, you will probably be housed in Ferdaws Court (‘East
 Compound’), on the eastern edge of the campus.

Single Men
 Single men are usually housed in Shabab Court, nearer the Jebel (where the
 academic and administrative buildings are), although some have accommodation in
 Ferdaws, which they can get (theoretically) after one contract.

Ferdaws
 Ferdaws is a fifteen-minute walk from the Co-op store, twenty minutes from the
 Rec. Centre, and thirty from the ELC. The shuttle bus runs to and from these several
 times a day. Check the schedule with Recreation Centre Office.
 In Ferdaws Court, the houses are apartments and you will be allocated one either
 upstairs or downstairs. Family houses have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms,
 a living/dining room, hallway and kitchen. There is plenty of cupboard space.
 Carpets are not provided.
 Kitchen equipment is basic. Electricity is 110v – transformers can be bought easily.
 You might like to bring any favourite kitchen equipment although most things are
 available here, if you search long enough. Bring your own cookery books. An
 ironing board is provided but no iron. The cookers are gas and a hob kettle is
 provided. A six-set of cutlery and melamine dishes and bowls are provided, as well
 as cooking pans and an oven tray.
 Most apartments in Ferdaws are now provided with twin-tub washing machines.
 Outside the houses, there are small play areas for children.

Shabab Place
 Shabab Place is 5 minutes from the Co-op store and about 10 minutes from the
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 Shabab apartments are studio-type, i.e. one room, accommodation. There is a
 “common room” with TV and Laundromat facilities.
 Kitchen equipment is provided but it is much more basic than the kit provided for
 couples and families.

Laundry Facilities
 Laundry facilities vary across different living areas on campus. In Shabab Place
 there is a communal Laundromat. Most Ferdaws residents now have twin-tub
 washing machines provided in their homes.
 For those who have to use communal laundry facilities, find times to do your
 laundry during the week. Weekends are particularly busy and with the large number
 of washers vs. the small number of dryers, you can make several trips to the laundry
 before finding available machines.


 Dry Cleaner 4399.
 There is a laundry/dry cleaner service located near the Co-op Shop. It offers a two-
 day service. You can pick up clothes after 7:30 pm on the second day.
 Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 8-11 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. Friday, 4-8 pm.

Maintenance
 Tel: 4000 Emergency 7000
 Saturday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 University residents should contact the Maintenance Department directly for all
 maintenance work. Generally, the service is excellent. Workmen will usually arrive
 the same or following day.
 Work requests can be made by phone but the most effective way is to complete an
 online form: http://pm-web.kfupm.edu.sa/work_control/work_request_form.htm
 Separate work requests should be sent for each type of job requested, i.e., one for an
 electrician, another for a plumber. The Maintenance Department may contact the
 occupant to arrange an appropriate time for the work to be done. More often than
 not, the workmen just arrive.
 Occupants should be familiar with the locations of the electrical panel, water and
 gas main valves, and the AC main switch so they can turn the supply off in case of
 emergency. In the event of a power outage, you are advised to turn off your AC and
 other electrical appliances; they won’t be damaged if there is a power surge when
 current is restored.




Insurance
 See: Cars, Medical




Iqama
 The iqama is the Saudi residence permit (or ID card). You need it to obtain a
 driver’s licence, buy a car, cash a check, etc. It must be carried when you are off-
 campus. Police might not accept a photocopy. Legally, it must be obtained within


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 three months of arrival in the Kingdom. It is usually obtained within a month of
 arrival. For non-Saudis, this is a small booklet, white for Muslims, brown for non-
 Muslims.
 1.   Obtain your University ID card from Faculty and Personnel Affairs (Building
      21, 6th floor).
 2.   The Iqama currently costs SR1000, and you have to pay for it yourself. Be sure
      to bring enough funds from home to cover this cost. Take (a) 3 photos for each
      passport holder, (b) 3 copies of a group photo of your wife and accompanying
      children (under 18), (c) passports, and (d) the money to the passport office, 6th
      floor, Building 21 (2424).
 3.   Arrivals from Asian countries must present a cholera vaccination certificate.
      Those coming from African countries may be asked to repeat the blood tests
      required for an entry visa.

Renewal
 The iqama is valid for two years (Hejira calendar) and then you must pay for
 renewal. Officially, it can be renewed up to two months in advance of the expiry
 date – 3 months in an emergency. At KFUPM, renewals can be made up to 4
 months in advance. Wife and children must be present in the Kingdom for the
 renewal of a family iqama. Take the money with you and one photo for each
 passport holder to the passport office. Renewal takes about 10 days.

Potential problems with your iqama:
 Loss:
 a)   Report loss to passport office
 b)   Place notice advertising the loss in a newspaper (required by law), cost SR150
 c)   Pay fine: SR1000
 d)   Pay SR100-300 for replacement, depending on validity.
 Replacement takes 6 to 8 weeks.
 Make sure the entire family is in the country at the biennial renewal time. If your
 wife and children are out of the country when your iqama expires, they will not be
 included on the new iqama. Thus, the re-entry portion of their visas will be invalid
 and a new entry visa must be obtained prior to returning to the Kingdom. Contact
 the University for assistance.
 At present, single fathers with children have difficulty obtaining a family iqama.




Language Courses
Arabic
 Arabic courses are occasionally offered at KFUPM.




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Libraries
Main Library Reference Room, telephone 3016
  LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
  REGULAR HOURS                      Saturday – Wednesday          7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
                                     Thursday                      9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
                                     Friday                        2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  FOR LADIES ONLY                    Thursday                      4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  SUMMER SESSION HOURS               Saturday – Wednesday          7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
                                     Thursday - Friday             CLOSED
  Holiday schedules and any changes in these hours are posted at the entrance to the
  Library. KFUPM News also carries notice about these changes.
  The Main Library (Building 8) is the second tallest structure on the Jebel and is
  prominent due to the antenna on its roof and its ‘keyhole’ stained-glass windows.
  The Plateau Level (ground level) contains the English and Arabic reference sections
  and current periodicals. The third floor has the fiction, biography, and linguistics
  sections. Faculty may check out up to 15 books for an entire semester. The library
  does not close at prayer time.
  Although the library doesn’t take any language teaching/applied linguistics
  periodicals and stopped purchasing books in this field sometime in the early 80s all
  faculty are entitled to request up to 30 books/journals per semester through an
  interlibrary loan system. Ask at the reference counter for details.

Recreation Centre Library Tel: 4224
  Saturday–Wednesday      10 a.m.–8.00 pm.
  Thursday–Friday         2.00 – 6.45 pm.
  This library is more than adequate, although few new books have been added since
  1985. It is located up the stairs on the right just inside the main entrance as you
  enter the Rec. Centre. It has a large children’s section and also offers a good
  selection of popular English literature from Britain, the Americas and Australia and
  classics from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is a collection of Arabic books and
  a good selection of works translated from French, German, Russian, Japanese and
  Arabic. The Library always welcomes donations of unwanted books. You can use
  the computer terminal to look up books in all university libraries.




Mail Room
  Tel:     3370, 3371, 3372, 3376
  The University Mail Room is on the ground level of Building 9.
  Hours:          Saturday–Wednesday, 7 30am-4:30pm;
                  Thursday, 8–12 am, Friday CLOSED
                  Delivery to boxes is at around 2.30 to 3pm.



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 Outgoing mail is sent to the Central Post Office in Dammam and to the airport twice
 daily at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
 Domestic, overseas and on-campus mail may be posted here. Go to the window on
 the right to find out how much to pay. Postage stamps are not sold. If you are
 interested in them, you will have to go to a main post office in Dammam or Al-
 Khobar.
 You can also mail parcels (land or air) from the Mail Room. Cover the box
 completely with masking tape (not any type of plastic tape) to cover all writing on
 the box, but leave the top open for inspection. Take additional tape with you to seal
 the box at the Mail Room. Write the address on the masking tape. At the mail desk
 you will fill out forms which are written in Arabic and French. The Mail Room staff
 will assist you with completing the forms which can be completed in English.

Costs
 Postcards: SR1.50 for overseas, 50 halalahs for domestic. Airmail letters: SR2.00
 for the first 20 grams (SR6.00 for registered). Domestic letters: 1SR. Express mail
 (overnight in-Kingdom, second or third-day delivery internationally) is available.
 Inquire about rates, which are much cheaper than commercial courier services (by at
 least half if not more).




Medical & Health
Clinic, KFUPM
 Reception: 3333; Immunisations: 3355
 When you have obtained your ID card, you can go to the clinic to register.
 Alternatively, you can wait until you need an appointment.
 A doctor is available on call for emergencies at times when the clinic is closed. Call
 ‘0’ to contact the doctor on call via the University operator.
 Consultations with duty doctors
         Saturday to Wednesday: 7:30am – 4:30pm, 7.30pm – 10pm.
         Thursday and Friday:               9am – 12am, 7.30 – 10pm.
 When you arrive, present your ID card and get a number for your appointment.
 Services are rendered on a first-come, first-served basis.
 You don’t need money for medicine. If you need a prescription, half the cost will be
 deducted from your next pay slip. You need a doctor’s prescription to obtain
 medicine.
 In addition to the usual medical services, there is a dental hygienist and an eye
 doctor. At the latter, you can get a test for glaucoma. The clinic lab will give tests
 for blood, urine, and stool. The x-ray department will give free x-rays.
 You can get immunisations for typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, meningitis and
 hepatitis on Sunday and Tuesday. You must see one of the doctors first.
 If you receive a referral to another hospital, get the referral slip stamped at the front
 counter (where you checked in). The referred hospital will not accept your referral
 unless the slip has been stamped by KFUPM Clinic.
 Our clinic usually refers people to King Fahd Teaching Hospital, affiliated with
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 often busy, and appointments are sometimes two or three weeks in the future. You
 can ask the doctor to refer you to Al-Khobar Hospital. It is not crowded, but very
 friendly and efficient. First come, first served. The location: as you go on Dhahran
 St. toward town, turn left at the second traffic signal, which is Prince Hamoud St.
 The hospital is on your left about two blocks down the street.
 Hours: 7-11 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday: 7-11. Friday closed.


Dentists
 KFUPM Clinic offers free dental treatment for diagnosis, fillings and extractions.
 Service is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 Al-Mana Dental Clinic. Other more complex dental work, such as cosmetic
 dentistry, must be obtained at private clinics. Al-Mana Dental Clinic (PO Box 311,
 Al-Khobar), is situated on Prince Talal Street, two streets up from Tamimi Safeway.
 The number for making appointments is 864-2330 x222 and. Their hours are the
 same as shopping hours. For registration, you pay SR50 and receive a registration
 number and card. The clinic gives a 30% discount to KFUPM faculty and staff. Ask
 for it.
 Mohammed Al-Dossary Hospital dental clinic is also recommended. This hospital
 is set back from Dhahran Road (on your right as you drive into Al-Khobar) just
 before you come to the Dhahran Shopping Centre.
 Moaibed Dental Clinic is behind the Carlton Moaibed Hotel on the Al-Khobar-
 Dammam highway. There is an American dentist on the staff, and there are female
 dentists and female receptionists. Tell them you are from KFUPM for a discount.
 Saad Clinic (on Pepsi Road) is expensive but excellent.
 It is advisable to discuss fully the work to be done with the dentist and to compare
 relative advantages/disadvantages and cost of the treatment at other dentists’ offices
 both here and in your home country. Generally, materials here are expensive, but
 labour is not.

Gynaecologists/Obstetricians
 The KFUPM Clinic normally has at least one gynaecologist/obstetrician on its staff
 and is equipped with an ultrasound scanner. Babies are not delivered at the clinic,
 but there are several hospitals in the area that can handle normal deliveries and
 emergency procedures. We have access to government hospitals free of charge.
 Fathers can arrange to be present at delivery of their babies. However, this is usually
 possible only at the private hospitals. Only in very unusual circumstances would a
 family need to consider sending the expectant mother to her home country for
 delivery.
 Contact your embassy or consulate in advance of birth for instructions on birth
 registration, passport issuance, etc. Saudi Arabian citizenship is not granted to the
 Kingdom-born children of foreign parents.

Hospitals
 A list of private hospitals is given in Appendix 7

Medical Insurance
 As government employees, KFUPM faculty and staff (and their families) are
 eligible for free medical treatment at the University clinic, with referrals to the
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 However, some faculty also carry private medical insurance which is recommended
 as it will cover hospitalisation in private hospitals where conditions are much better.
 Contact the Faculty Affairs Office, Building 21, 6th Floor, Room 627; phone 2727;
 9-11:30 a.m. - Saturday, Monday, Wednesday.
 There is also another plan connected to one of the largest British insurance
 companies, which offers a 10% group discount to KFUPM faculty. This plan offers
 a comprehensive package of benefits including pregnancy, some dental, and
 repatriation costs (for self and family, if necessary, in case of serious illness or death
 of a family member back home) and it is valid world-wide. There is a slight
 additional premium for extended summer coverage. The cost per annum: single,
 £260 (less 10%); married couple, £375 (less 10%); each child, £50 (less 10%). See
 Brian Armstrong in the ELC: phone 3143; office 338 home phone 6219, 2207 Old
 South.
 Note: If you have medical insurance, you can get reimbursed for the medicine you
 purchase at the KFUPM Clinic pharmacy. First, get a copy of the prescription from
 reception. Second, get a receipt from the pharmacy. Submit both of these to your
 insurance company.




Money
 Saudi Arabia has a mainly cash economy, with scarcely any use of cheques, but
 with the usual ATMS (cash machines), Bank cards, etc.

Banks
 Salaries are paid direct to a bank account so opening an account is an essential
 operation. An account can be opened at any bank, once you have your Iqama.
 The Riyadh Bank has a branch adjacent to the KFUPM Campus near the American
 Consulate. This branch becomes extremely crowded on pay-day and for two or
 three days thereafter. It offers most banking services: checking and savings accounts
 (due to Islamic law there is no interest but there can be dividend payments), telex
 transfers, bank drafts, traveller’s checks and credit card applications.
 There are many other banks to choose from. Ask around – views and opinions vary.

Remitting Funds Abroad
 There are no restrictions on sending funds out of Saudi Arabia.

Exchange Rates
 The Riyal to dollar rate is unaffected by daily fluctuations in currency exchanges
 and is adjusted only by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). At the
 present time, the exchange rate is around SR3.75 to US$1.00 or SR6.20 to GBP1.00

Money Changers
 In addition to the banks, there are many money–changers in Dammam and Al-
 Khobar. Money–changers have some advantages:
 a)   They keep the same working hours as the shops: 8 am–noon and 4–8:30 p.m.
 b)   They tend to offer a slightly more competitive exchange rate.
 c)   They tend to be more up-to-the-minute with exchange rates (not always an
      advantage).
 d)   Service tends to be faster.

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 e)   They can convert your cash into foreign currency if you are planning to travel.
 f)   Their fees for drafts and other forms of transfer tend to be somewhat lower.
 Traveller’s checks are preferred by some faculty because they are easier to replace if
 lost. The quickest but most expensive way is by telex from here to a foreign bank
 account. Approximate cost: SR30 to UK
 Al-Rajhi Bank: on the corner of Al Emir Saud bin Abdul Aziz and Second Street.
                 at Happy Corner on Dhahran Street in central Al-Khobar.




Newspapers & Magazines
International Newspapers
 A large number of English language periodicals are available in bookstores and
 other outlets, including the campus stationery shop next to the Mail Room, the
 stationery shop in the Co-op, and Al-Areeky Market outside the Main Gate. The
 Main Library and the Recreation Centre Library also carry most of the same
 periodicals.
 Newspapers from US cities are not commonly available. Also, the delivery of
 foreign newspapers is slow and irregular, and they may be censored. If you have a
 favourite newspaper from home, take out a subscription and have it sent air mail.
 Approximate surface-mail time is three months.

Local Newspapers
 Three English language papers are published in the Kingdom, all of which contain
 international news. These are the Arab News, the Saudi Gazette and the Riyadh
 Daily. They all cost SR2. The Gazette is more business-oriented than the others but
 the quality of the writing is lower.
 All newspapers are used by the government to make official announcements of
 various kinds.
 Prayer times are published daily in all Saudi Arabian newspapers. You will find
 them in a small box, usually on page 2.
 A variety of other Gulf-state English language papers is readily available, at a
 similar price and there are plenty of Arabic language papers as well.

Magazines
 Besides newspapers, there are quite a few English language magazines readily
 available. These include many women’s magazines such as the US Good
 Housekeeping, plus Time, Newsweek, The Economist, The Listener, The Spectator,
 Business Week, Fortune, Money, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Readers’
 Digest, and others. In addition, a fair number of specialised magazines such as
 computer, fashion, or hobby interest publications are on sale.
 There are also some publications in European languages other than English. Some
 French and Italian magazines can be found in the major supermarkets and
 bookstores in Al-Khobar. Some sell other foreign periodicals - German newspapers,
 for example.
 All foreign magazines are censored and may be subject to delays.




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Notice Boards
ARAMCO Notices
 Check the notice boards at ARAMCO when you need to buy something. Location:
 Enter the first ARAMCO gate, go to the 3rd light (just before the 2nd gate), turn
 right, go to the 2nd light and make a U-turn. Boards are on the right side, a short
 way down, at a kiosk-type bulletin board just after the National Commercial Bank
 office.

Local Area Notices
 There are notice boards in the Al-Khobar area, but you have to get permission from
 the store manager before you put up your notice, and some places charge a fee.
 Time limit: one or two weeks.
 Locations:
 1.   Souk Supermarket on the Sports City Road
 2.   Tamimi Safeway on the Corniche Road
 3.   Al-Zamil Notions near the corner of 3rd St. and the Corniche Road (Note: 3rd
      St. ends before it gets to the Corniche Road.)
 4.   Farm 5 Supermarket

KFUPM Notices
 Notices on these boards are usually limited to items wanted or for sale. Yard/Garden
 sales are also announced here. Obtain permission first.
 Locations:
 1.   Co-Operative Supermarket - right wall inside entrance (see Co-op director or a
      cashier).
 2.   Recreation Centre snack bar - left wall near the entrance (see clerk in snack bar
      office).
 3.   Lower entrance to Building 9, near the Mail Room. Go to the Administrative
      Affairs Office for permission.




Opticians
 The optician at the KFUPM clinic will do eye tests. In shops, you may find more
 reasonable prices here than in other countries for an eye exam or glasses. Contact
 lenses are expensive here. They are ordered from the United Kingdom and take
 several weeks for delivery.
 Yateem Optician on King Khaled Street near 6th Street. A computer aided eye test
 costs about SR50. Glasses can be ready in half an hour at a reasonable price.
 Gulf Optics on King Khaled Street near Dhahran Avenue has a better selection of
 frames. You can take your prescription here and have your glasses made.
 Nadeem Optical on Dhahran Avenue, two doors from Al-Rajhi Exchange, opposite
 the Sanyo Showroom. Quick service and low price. Selection of frames is more
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 Several hospitals have ophthalmology departments, including King Fahd Hospital,
 Al-Salama Hospital, and Al-Mana Hospital. You can register and wait to see a
 doctor, or you can make an appointment. You can utilise the King Fahd Hospital
 facilities free of charge with a reference from the KFUPM Clinic.




Police Vehicles
 You will see several colour combinations on police vehicles. These are:
 1.     white and green:- These are traffic police with the power of arrest for traffic
        violations.
 2.     white and blue patrol cars:- These police are a general patrol, looking after
        public safety. They have the power to detain a traffic violator, but they must
        radio for a white and green patrol.
 3.     black and white:- police administration and prison officials.
 4.     red and white:- military police
 5.     dark beige vehicles:- army.




Recreation Centre
 Tel:      4200, 4206
 Daily: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
 Snack Bar:        8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
 Employees can gain access to the Rec Centre on presentation of their university ID.
 Spouses and children over the age of 6 are required to have and present a Recreation
 Centre ID card to use recreational facilities, including the University beach.
 This one page publication lists Rec. Centre and beach hours, gives official notices
 about any Rec. Centre hours or policy changes and provides schedules for weekly
 activities.
 You can request that a copy of the Rec. Centre Weekly Review be sent to your
 University mail box each Tuesday.
 The Snack Bar in the Rec. Centre currently offers a limited menu of food and
 beverages. Place your order at the left counter and pick up your drinks; the attendant
 will call you when your order is ready. You will need to go to the other counter to
 pick up your order. Indicate when you order if you want to take out your food.
 Some of the facilities available in the Rec. Centre are the following: swimming pool
 and locker rooms, tennis, badminton and squash courts, snooker and ping pong
 tables, a piano practice room, a lounge for meetings, a gymnasium, library, a weight
 room and restrooms. The KFUPM Women’s Group has available sewing machines
 and party dishes (cup, saucers, plates, punch bowl, etc.).
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Restaurants & Eating Out
Mishwar Take-Away
  The Mishwar Take-Away is opposite the Co-op Supermarket. Orders can be phoned
  in – 8399 or 1444. You can either go there to order your food or phone in and have
  it delivered.

Al Areeky
  The restaurant opens at 7 am and closes at 1 am every day. The outside grills (for
  shwarma and char-broiled chicken, kebabs, etc.) open at 6 p.m. You order and pay
  first at the cashier just inside the front door. He will give you a receipt which you
  take to the rear counter (or outside for shwarma, grilled chicken, or kebabs) and
  request your food from the attendant. A separate receipt is given for fresh fruit juice
  service, located opposite the cashier. It also operates a telephone order service: 891
  7807.

ELC Snack Bar
  There is a small snack bar in the ELC Building, ground floor, just inside the main
  entrance to the right, where faculty and students can buy snacks and drinks. The
  drinks available here include tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices; none costs
  more than SR1. The snacks available are sweet rolls, doughnuts, candy bars,
  biscuits and cheese sandwiches. Prices are reasonable; most items cost from SR1 to
  SR3. Men only.

Faculty Cafeteria 3500, 3518
  This is located in Building 9. It is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for
  lunch service. The room closes at 2 p.m. It can be reached by going up the stairs
  near the mail room.
  The cafeteria offers a variety of both Arabian and Western foods at reasonable
  prices. A typical menu will include soup, rice, chicken or turkey, lamb or beef, and
  fish. In addition, traditional Arabian flat bread and yoghurt-based salads, Western-
  style garden salads, and various cooked vegetables are available. Juices, soft drinks,
  coffee, tea, mineral water and a selection of desserts or fresh fruit complete the
  menu. A tasty and satisfying meal can be had for under SR20, while a simple salad
  and main dish might cost less than SR10. The cafeteria is popular among the staff of
  the ELC, and the leisurely meals offer an opportunity to converse with other
  teachers in a relaxed atmosphere. Men only.

Downtown
  The restaurant scene in Al-Khobar is one of the brightest areas regarding
  entertainment for employees at KFUPM. Al-Khobar is packed with foreign workers
  from Thailand, Korea, India and the Philippines. Consequently, people in Al-
  Khobar can find restaurants catering to all these ethnic groups, serving the wide
  variety of specialities they enjoy.
  Not only is the food delicious, but the prices are also often lower than those found
  in similar restaurants outside the Kingdom. Thai, Indian and Filipino restaurants are
  especially cheap, and you can enjoy a 3-course meal for around SR30.
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 Several hotels offer excellent meals at discounted prices (e.g. Nimran, Carlton,
 Meridien, International). Some compounds admit outsiders to their restaurants at
 very reasonable prices. Ask colleagues for details.




Schools
General Information on Schools
 The Saudi Arabian International School System provides for the education of
 expatriate children residing in the Kingdom. Fees can be stiff. If you intend to enrol
 a child at a school, you may need to budget to pay the enrolment fee when you
 arrive. KPUPM does not pay the British School enrolment, for example. The
 educational benefits program does not pay for pre-school, nursery or kindergarten
 (i.e. up to age six). There are several privately-run pre-school groups on Ferdaws
 Court for toddlers and children up to age six. Ask around for details. Costs:
 currently about SR25 per morning session (typically 8.30-noon).
 In-Kingdom schools are provided only through the age of 14 (American: 9th grade).
 Children older than this must receive their education outside the Kingdom, i.e., in
 their home country or in some other country’s international school. The
 University’s educational benefits program covers costs up to a set maximum amount
 (currently SR25,000 total for school fees regardless of the number of school age
 children). Check with Faculty Affairs for important details about payment of tuition
 via faculty education allowances.
 Some parents home-school.

American School
 Dhahran Academy, American Consulate, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, phone: 891-9555
 Dhahran Academy, a Saudi Arabian International School accredited by the Middle
 States Association of Colleges, is located on the American Consulate grounds
 adjacent to the University. Entrance is gained by going out of the University main
 gate and up the consulate drive; there is no internal access. With an enrolment of
 approximately 1,700 children, the school includes more than 80 classrooms, a
 learning resource centre, a gymnasium, a shower block, four office buildings and
 two nursery facilities for the use of Academy employees. It is comprised of four
 schools: the Primary School, the Intermediate School, the British Academy, and the
 Junior High School. The school is open to expatriates of all nationalities and non-
 Arab Muslim children. The basic program is similar to that found in an American
 school, except for the British Academy, which follows the British National
 Curriculum. For example, the Junior High program offers the following required
 and elective courses:
 Required Courses
 Language Arts Physical Education
 Social Studies        Mathematics
 Science               Health
 Elective Courses
 Foreign languages:      Arabic; French; Spanish
 Drama                   Instrumental Music      Photography
 Art I & II              Industrial Education
 Art Appreciation        Computer Programming


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 All students must be formally registered each year. Payment of tuition must be
 made prior to attending school. Copies of the child’s birth certificate or passport are
 required for all new students to verify date of birth. Children may be admitted to
 Junior Kindergarten if their fourth birthday falls on or before September 1 of the
 school year for which admission is sought.
 The regular day for grades K-9 extends from 8 am until 2:30 pm. Students are
 transported to school in buses provided by the University. Bus monitors ensure the
 safety of children to and from school. Students must provide their own lunch from
 home or pay for lunch provided by the consulate cafeteria; the school provides only
 cold drinking water. As guests in the Kingdom, students are expected to dress in a
 way which shows good judgement and respect for our hosts. In other words, they
 should dress conservatively.

British School
 The British School               Head Teacher: Chris Spedding
 PO Box 4359                      Deputy Head: Angela Rimmer
 Admissions Officers:             Gail Foulis, Anne Hall
 Al-Khobar 31952                  Phone: 895-1404
                                  Fax: 894-2312
 The British School in Al-Khobar is located about fifteen minutes from campus. The
 pupil roll is around 400. With more than thirty qualified teachers on the staff, and an
 average class size of only sixteen, the children enjoy close working and social
 relationships with their teachers. The school has a Library, Gymnasium/hall, Music
 room, Art room, Design and Technology/Food technology Rooms and a small
 swimming pool.
 The school is following as closely as possible (taking into account local difference)
 the National Curriculum for England and Wales. The full range of subjects laid
 down in the Orders are provided, viz. English, Mathematics, Science, Design and
 Technology, Information Technology, History, Geography, French (started in year
 four), Art, Music, and Physical Education.
 For admission to the school, children must be at least three years of age by August
 31 of the year of entry, and not more than ten years of age by the same date.
 A programme of Extra-Curricular Activities is offered after school. This includes
 such activities as Pottery, Volleyball, Cookery, Band, Choir, Scottish Dancing,
 German etc. The school puts on annual theatrical productions. Recent offerings
 have been ‘Blast Off,’ and ‘Oliver!’ Local field trips are arranged as appropriate.
 Admission into the school starts with children who are at least three years old by 31
 August of the year of entry, and not more than twelve years of age by the same date.
 This covers classes from pre-school to Year Eight. The intake is international,
 although the largest group of children by far comes from the UK.
 The academic year is typical of overseas British-style schools, viz. Term One starts
 in early September, and Term 3 finishes near the end of June. The school day starts
 at 0730 and finishes at 1300 (with the option of 0900 to 1300 pre-school children).
 The school has a friendly, caring ethos, and great care is taken to ensure that the
 overall well-being of the children is paramount.
 At present (February 1996), a non-refundable Registration fee of SR500 per child is
 levied per child. Annual fees for pupils through the school are:
         Pre-school                SR15,900        (0730-0900)
         Pre-school                SR13,500        (0900-1300)
         Rest of School            SR18,300

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 Payment of the Registration Fee of SR1000 does not guarantee a place in the
 school. With an unpredictable wait-list situation, it is advisable to make an early
 application.’




Shopping
 see also ‘Buses’

Bargaining
 In independent shops try bargaining. You may find the price gets cheaper as you get
 nearer the door! If you are there early in the morning, try for a “First Customer”
 special discount.

Kitchenware
 The kitchens of Faculty accommodation are provided with only basic equipment.
 The cheapest place to buy kitchen equipment is the ‘Ten Riyal Stores.’ There are
 hardware stores all over the place.
 There is a big hardware and household goods store, Saco, on Pepsi Road just east of
 Abdulaziz Blvd. It has a wide variety of patio, electrical, and hardware supplies.

Clothes
 There are plenty of clothing shops in Al-Khobar. There is also a new three-story
 mall called Al-Khobar Plaza about three blocks west of King Khaled Street, and this
 caters mostly to women and children. Johara Centre is more reasonable than the
 others. It is located on the right side of Dhahran St. as you face the Gulf, opposite
 the clock tower. British Home Stores has two shops in Al-Khobar, one in Al Rashid
 Mall (Ground floor, and a smaller one near Tamimi Safeway on the Corniche). Both
 of these have Mothercare branches attached.
 There are clothing stores, especially sportswear, at several locations along King
 Khaled Street. The Al-Thuqba market is less exclusive than Al-Khobar, but it is
 cheaper and often carries the same goods. Fewer expatriates are seen in Al-Thuqba.
 For really cheap, lower quality clothing try Happy Corner, a covered market area
 over several blocks across Dhahran Avenue from the clock tower at the end of King
 Khaled Street.
 The kinds of clothing available reflect the dress customs of the Kingdom, i.e., rather
 conservative for women but less so for men. However, good quality clothing can be
 bought at similar prices to what one would pay in the UK or the US.
 There are men’s and women’s tailors available around the city. Most of the tailors
 are able to produce clothing made-to-measure copied either from an existing piece
 you have or just from a picture. Ask around to find the best places and prices.
 Always get an itemised receipt for all purchases.

Al Rashid Mall
 This is the large, white, fort-like building you can see from the campus. It is a very
 extensive and expensive shopping centre with branches of international stores such
 as JC Penney, BHS, etc.
 The prices tend to be higher than elsewhere but it has some useful stores and is air-
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  Benetton, an Early Learning Centre, Toyland, Al Jarir Bookstore (ask for 10%
  discount with your ID card), a US crafts store3, boutiques, gift stores and a branch
  of Souks supermarket. On the top floor are computer stores, entertainment arcades
  and various fast food outlets; McDonalds, Baskin Robbins ice-cream, etc. There is
  an eating area for families here.
  There are plenty of toilets.

Al-Areeky Market (at the University Main Gate)
  The Al-Areeky Shopping Centre is located at the end of the short street cutting off
  to the right as you approach the Main Gate from outside the University. You will
  find the following services there:
  1.    supermarket (24 hours)
  2.    tailor
  3.    dry cleaners
  4.    sporting goods store, shoes, photocopying
  5.    Al Nakeel restaurant and Internet Cafe (7–1 a.m.)
  6.    car wash
  7.    basic car servicing (oil change, batteries, tires)
  8.    barber shop
  For SR10–15 you can have your car washed.

Gifts and Souvenirs
  Arab Heritage               Prince Saad St. one block off 28th St., two blocks up from
                              the Meridien Hotel. Arts and crafts of the Bedouins, plus
                              designer clothing, jewellery, antique swords and daggers,
                              place mats, dolls, pillows, cushions, chairs.
  Desert Designs              Offers the best range of Arab craftwork with excellent,
                              friendly service.

Garden and Patio Supplies
  The Sultan Garden Centre near the Azizia Supermarket has both an indoor plant
  section and a huge amount of outdoor plants, pots and flowers. Prices for the
  outdoor type are low, while indoor plants are excessively high. Safeway Store also
  has a small plant shop.
  Plastic patio chairs are available at many appliance stores in town but they sell out
  quickly in the fall.

Supermarkets
  KFUPM Co-Op 3599
  The best for staple goods at reasonable prices. It stocks a wide variety of food;
  bread, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, newspapers, fresh coffee, meat and
  chicken, etc.
  Hours: Sat-Thur             7:30am to Midnight;
            Friday            8–11am, 1pm to Midnight.


  3
       The biggest craft store in town is Zamils, to the right of Toyland on the Corniche


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 There is a public telephone booth in the hallway and in the same block, you will
 find a barbers (reasonable price), a Riyadh bank cash point, and a dry-cleaners.


 AZIZIA SOUK
 This is probably the nearest and best supermarket in the area. It is very popular with
 expatriates as can be seen on any Thursday morning. SACO (hardware) have a
 branch next door and just to the right you will find the Sultan Garden Centre.


 Tamimi Safeway 864-8405
 This is the most up-scale supermarket in Al-Khobar, with a comprehensive stock.
 Excellent exotic fruit and vegetables and the best delicatessen counter in town
 (butcher counter rated as one of the five best in the Kingdom). On the KFUPM
 shopping bus route. Located on the Corniche Rd. 1 km north of downtown Al-
 Khobar. Open 24 hours. Ask for 10% discount if you spend more than SR500.


 Farm 5 Supermarket. Tel: 8916532/8914428
 A minibus comes to the campus currently three times a week to collect shoppers.
 This is very convenient for those who have no car. It picks up at the Mishwar Take-
 Away opposite the Co-op and also at the first small mosque on the corner of
 Ferdaws Court on: Thursday 9.45am and 3.30pm, Sunday 3.30pm only. Arrive ten
 minutes early. Also at the complex, (most open mornings only): pharmacy,
 stationers, photo developer, hardware store, etc.


 Farm 9 Supermarket
 Similar to Farm 5 but in Al-Khobar. Turn right at the junction of Abdul-Aziz Street
 and Dhahran Street on the way into Al-Khobar centre.


 Fresh Fish
 At Farm Five supermarket complex. Saudi Fisheries have retail outlets at Souks,
 Tamimi Safeway, the municipal market, and the Causeway Supermarket, next to the
 Dhahran Shopping Centre. They publish a book and pictorial chart of local fish. If
 you like fresh fish, you should also try the Dammam or Qatif markets on Thursday
 morning. There is a fish and poultry market a few blocks up from the rear door of
 Shula Mall.

Receipts and Warranties
 Here are a few important things to remember when making purchases:
 1.   Receipts are absolutely necessary if you wish to return or exchange your
      purchase.
 2.   Get an itemised receipt for any major purchase. Say: Fi fatura? That means:
      Can I have a receipt, please?
 3.   If the clerk writes only in Arabic, you should write the name of the item on the
      receipt in English for later reference.
 4.   Save all receipts for major items. They will help you determine a fair price if
      you wish to sell later.
 5.   Write on the receipt the street name and cross street of the business to help you
      locate it later if you need to return.
 6.   You will find receipts helpful when you return home as customs agents may
      have questions about expensive items.


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 7.   Request a warranty for any electrical appliance or electronic product.
 8.   Make sure you know how long the warranty will last and where your purchase
      can be repaired.

Rug Shops
 There are at least twelve shops, concentrated in Al-Khobar, that specialise in selling
 oriental rugs. A map showing their locations can be obtained in office 339. If you
 are looking for good-quality Persian rugs from Qom, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kashan or
 Nain, go to the Oriental Rug Gallery on Prince Mansour Street, parallel to King
 Khaled Street. Persian rugs are sold at a shop in the lobby of the Al-Gosaibi Hotel
 and in the Oriental Carpet Centre on 28th Street.
 The best selection of Afghan and Turkoman rugs is at the Afghan Carpets Centre on
 28th Street. Those interested in these attractive, predominantly red rugs, which are
 still moderately priced, should also visit the Awami Carpet Shop on Prince Mansour
 Street, opposite the Oriental Rugs Gallery. Don’t miss Bokhara Carpets and Afghan
 Handicrafts just off King Khaled Street, the Afghan Carpet shop opposite the
 entrance to Tamimi Safeway .Antique rugs are rarely found in Al-Khobar. Bargain
 for the rug you want.




Sports
Badminton
 Badminton courts are available at the Recreation Centre gymnasium. It is almost
 always possible to play any time the Rec. Centre is open but you should telephone
 to reserve a court first. The gym is split into two sections. Badminton can be played
 in one half while volleyball, basketball or karate occupy the other half.
 A large variety of racquets, clothing and footwear is available locally, starting at
 very low prices (SR30 for an adequate racquet for a beginner). Racquets can be
 hired and shuttlecocks purchased at the gym if you forget your own.

Camping
 This is an activity enjoyed by a number of teachers at KFUPM. A four-wheel drive
 is necessary. The most interesting local areas to explore are west of Dhahran.
 Camping in the desert is safe and fun for all the family. During the months from
 October to April, the weather is excellent, and on any weekend a convoy of 4 x 4s
 can be seen heading out on an expedition. A good range of camping equipment is
 available in Al-Khobar at very reasonable prices. Trips further afield may take place
 during local holidays. Teachers have: at times travelled up the tracks of the Hijaz
 Railway from Madina to the Jordanian border; crossed the Great Nafud desert; and
 explored the mountains of Asir. The person to talk to about desert expeditions is
 Phil Gaylard.

Cycling
 A bicycle is a possible and increasingly popular means of transport on-campus and
 for longer journeys to Al-Khobar, Dammam (17 km) and even to the KFUPM
 Beach (40 km). It is rarely too hot to cycle during the nine months of the year that
 most faculty remain in Saudi Arabia, and winters here are mild.
 For cycling enthusiasts, there are both shorter and longer runs to be enjoyed. The
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 relatively scenic track, and the KFUPM perimeter road (Academic Ring Road)
 offers a gentle 10 km ride.


 Buying a bicycle
 New 24-speed bikes are readily available in Al-Khobar at prices starting at around
 SR430, ones with Shimano gears start at around SR600. Spare parts for these bikes
 can be obtained locally. More expensive racing cycles can be bought for SR1200
 and up. You may have difficulty in obtaining spare parts. Second-hand bikes appear
 on the market from time to time, so the cost-conscious purchaser should check out
 the KFUPM Co-Op notice board and the ARAMCO notices, as well as other notice
 boards. For spare parts and repairs, there are several shops in Al-Khobar which
 prove useful:
      Wheels               King Abdulaziz Boulevard (tel: 899 1684).
      Al Rasheed           on the cross of King Khaled Street with Third Street. Tel:
                           895 2133. Parts/accessories available here. Children’s
                           bicycles are cheaper in bike shops than toy shops.
      Bikes and Stuff      King Abdulaziz Street
 Tools are difficult to find so bring your own chain riveter, block remover and
 wheel-bearing adjusters if you intend to do a lot of cycling and to maintain your
 own bike.

Football (soccer)
 There are football fields throughout the campus. The main fields are at the Stadium
 and opposite the Main Gate. There are also “five-a-side” fields immediately behind
 the lower courts. There are various inter-departmental competitions throughout the
 year. Casual games can be arranged. All the fields are covered with astro-turf and
 are thus all-weather.

Physiotherapy
 Free physiotherapeutic treatment for men only is provided at KFUPM stadium at the
 following times:
 Saturday, Monday, Wednesday: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
 Sunday, Tuesday: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
 The physiotherapist has excellent equipment for treating even quite serious athletic
 problems. His treatment room is on the ground floor of the stadium, to the left of the
 main entrance.
 No medically-oriented physiotherapy treatment (e.g., recovery from orthopaedic
 surgery) is provided at the KFUPM clinic, but it can be provided at various fee-
 paying hospitals and at the King Fahd Teaching Hospital of King Faisal University
 (see Hospitals). You must have a referral from a KFUPM clinic doctor to receive
 service.

Racquetball

Running/Jogging
 This is a popular form of recreation at KFUPM. Facilities are excellent for this
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 and hilly courses both on and off the road. It is possible to run later in the evening
 or very early in the morning during the hot summer months.
 There are two local running clubs, Dhahran Road Runners and Eastern Province
 Road Runners’ Association (EPRR). Both are based in ARAMCO and cater for all
 grades of runner. EPRR is probably better suited to the more committed runner.
 They are coached by an AAA National Senior Coach and have regular track and
 squad sessions. DRA are the larger club with up to 60 active members. They
 organise a series of races from 3k fun runs to a half marathon. Prizes are awarded
 for different age groups in each race.
 If you are willing to travel there are races in Bahrain (including a marathon usually
 held in March), Jubail, Ras Tanura, and Riyadh. AT KFUPM there is an annual 5k
 Rector’s Race for all faculty, staff, and students. This usually takes place in the
 Spring semester. Every Wednesday there is a 10k training run from the university
 stadium at 5pm. A map with accurately measured routes on campus and details of
 races and training sessions are available – ask around to find who the runners are.

Sailing and Scuba Diving
 Sailing is possible at the KFUPM beach. There used to be a very active boating club
 called ‘Sinbads’ which is now defunct. There was also a university Scuba Diving
 club which held dives at local reefs, Juraid and Jenna Islands, approximately two
 hours from Jubail by air conditioned dhow. The marine life at both sites is
 magnificent. Some recently arrived teachers are interested in re-launching Sinbads
 and the Diving Club. If you are interested, ask David Birkett or Colin Hadfield.

Snooker (pool)
 The snooker table is situated in the Recreation Centre opposite the snack bar.
 Access is restricted to adults. Balls and cues are kept in the office in the Snack Bar
 and can be obtained by depositing your ID card.
 There are usually no organised snooker competitions and the table is under-utilised.
 Nevertheless, interest does seem to be growing and regular competitions are a future
 possibility. Many players prefer to use their own cues, which can be bought in Al-
 Khobar.
 The second floor of Building 9 has a large area for snooker and ping pong. There is
 a charge of a few Riyals; one player per table must leave an ID. All play is
 suspended during prayer times.

Soccer (see Football)

Squash
 Squash is played at three locations at KFUPM: the Rec. Centre, the lower courts
 (primarily for students), and the gymnasium. Bookings at the Rec. Centre can be
 made by phone (4206) or in person at the Rec. Centre Office in the snack bar area.
 Equipment can be hired or purchased at the Centre. A squash “ladder” operates at
 the Centre. In the past, the Squash Club has entered two teams. Teams may be
 entered in the coming season, given enough committed players. The Squash Club
 runs both ‘open’ and ‘closed’ competitions. Squash trips and socials are held
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Swimming
 The University offers many opportunities for both the recreational and the more
 serious swimmer. The salty waters of the Gulf at the KFUPM beach at Half Moon
 Bay provide safe open-water swimming at a twenty-minute drive from campus.
 There are also excellent snorkelling opportunities among the reefs of the Gulf
 islands, which are accessible by dhow boat day trips (see Scuba Diving above).
 The 25-meter men’s pool at the Recreation Centre on campus has six lanes and
 turbulence-reducing gutters which make it a ‘fast’ pool. Check at the Rec. Centre
 Office for pool hours. However, the men’s pool at the Recreation Centre is currently
 closed for renovations. Men now use the women’s pool at scheduled times. You
 should refer to Rec. Centre publications and bulletin boards for schedules.
 The children’s swim team, the Dolphins, also shares time in the pool. One lane is
 kept free for swimming laps during the Dolphins’ practice sessions. Classes for
 beginners are available. Check the notice board in the snack bar.
 Faculty may also use the two student pools when they are not being used for
 classes:
 Outdoor Student Pool (2478) The 50-meter outdoor pool is located on the main
 campus in Building 11 (gymnasium) next to the large open-air parking lot. NB, this
 is for men only.
 Daily: 7.30-11.30 am and 1-8.30 pm. Busiest times : 4-6pm. Some weekends only
 open from 3-8.30pm. Open during warm months about May to November. IDs may
 be checked. You can change in the private faculty changing room next to the office
 or in the more comfortable student locker room.
 Indoor Student Pool (4833) The 25 meter indoor pool is a five minute walk from
 the ELC. Walk along the street across from the ELC. This pool is inside the first
 building on the left. Because it is conveniently located, it is popular for lunch-hour
 swims, especially in the winter months when the outdoor pools are cold. The pool is
 used for classes and the swim team, but the coach will sometimes allow you to swim
 while the team is working out. Open until 5 pm in winter. Telephone 4833 for
 current pool hours.

Tennis
 At the moment, there are four playable all-weather courts at the Recreation Centre.
 From late October to early May, the weather is ideal for daytime tennis. It is also
 possible to play under floodlights until the Rec. Centre closes, a very useful facility
 for the times when it would be too hot to play during the day. You may reserve
 courts at the reception office of the Rec. Centre (in the cafe area). Matches can be
 organised in a ladder”, in which both experienced and novice players can participate
 and enjoy themselves.
 Faculty can play at the student courts next to the indoor student pool, a short walk
 from the ELC. The lights at these courts are turned on after the sunset prayer. There
 are frequent tournaments involving outsiders on the student courts on Thursday
 afternoons. Your choice of courts, therefore, may be limited.
 Singles and doubles are played in a relaxed atmosphere and all are welcome.

Weight room
 The weight room is located downstairs in the KFUPM stadium complex and
 provides an adequate array of free weights, Nautilus equipment and Universal Gym
 machines. The room is open weekdays from early morning until 9 pm, but much of


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 this time is reserved for physical education classes and various University sports
 clubs. The weight room is usually open from 11:30 am–1 pm and 3:30–9 pm.




Summer Vacation
 Summer vacation extends at present from the end of May until mid-August.

Travel
 In preparation for the summer, you must request your exit/re-entry visas 1 to 2
 months prior to departure (in the Passport Office, Building 21, 6th Floor).
 Additionally, you need to make your travel arrangements. Procedures may vary, but
 the following have applied in recent years:


 50% cash in lieu of tickets.
 You can claim 50% of the price of a Saudia fare. This will cover most other airlines
 and will allow you to depart/return through Bahrain4.
 Fill out the appropriate form in Faculty Affairs (Building 21, 6th Floor) two months
 prior to the end of the semester. Make sure you indicate “Travel by Land” in the
 form. The amount will be 50% of the ticket value to your home, as recorded as the
 place you first arrived from, with no stops permitted (as the basis for fare
 calculation).
 Normally the allowance is paid before you travel but this is not guaranteed so it not
 wise to depend on it.


 Saudia.
 You should make your own reservations early in the spring semester. This can be
 done at the Saudia office, room 502, building 21. You will need a requisition form,
 available from the office opposite the Passport Office in building 21. Be sure to note
 your Saudia reservation number on the form.
 Fill out your request form 1 to 2 months prior to the date of travel; also make sure
 you know how long Saudia will hold your reservation. When travelling at peak
 times, Saudia often imposes a purchase date. Give the Faculty Affairs office enough
 time to process your request.

Summer Parking
 Most teachers leave for the three month summer holiday. Your car should be parked
 at a housing area, not in an underground garage of a University building (fines may
 be issued). Some people cover their cars and/or remove the rotor arm. Some
 disconnect the battery, leaving both cables lying freely. Others remove the battery
 and connect it to a battery charger later in their homes. Most batteries here last
 about 2 years, expensive ones maybe 3, cheaper ones not so long. Cars, even those
 being driven, frequently experience dead batteries due to the heat. Some people
 remove the tires and put the car on blocks. You should not buy new tires before you
 leave.




 4
      Get a voucher from your travel agent and you can have free parking at Bahrain
      Airport.


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 For enthusiasts: if your car has not been used for several weeks, put a little oil in
 each spark plug hole before starting for the first time. This will help prevent engine
 damage due to dry cylinders.
 Some people lend their car to a friend who will be here. If you do this, be sure that
 your car insurance covers another driver. This is a recommendation, not a legal
 requirement. Request that only that person, and no one else, drive your car. Have all
 documents, car insurance papers, and the insurance agent’s address and telephone in
 the glove compartment. Be sure to include a ‘Letter of Permission’ to the driver,
 signed by the owner, which states that you are permitting this person (state name,
 nationality and employer) to drive your car. Make specific arrangements with the
 summer driver about making car repairs.

Summer Session
 The ELC operates a Summer Session for students who are repeating courses. There
 are also courses given in General English, organised by the local Chamber of
 Commerce. Students on these courses are often Secondary/High School children.
 Early in the second semester, an announcement will be made about teaching
 summer session. At that time, you may indicate your interest. Later in the term, as
 things firm up for summer, those who indicated an interest will be asked to reaffirm
 that interest. Some teachers team up and share the teaching, one doing the first
 month, the other doing the second.
 Summer session contracts are issued about three weeks prior to the end of the
 second semester. Pay for the summer session is usually for two months of base
 salary. Note that you will not receive double your transportation allowance.
 Summer session differs from the usual year. Students in the summer program take
 six hours of English per day instead of the usual four. Teachers still teach only four.
 The work day may be somewhat longer, since teachers are expected to play a more
 active role in the running of the program by proofing exams and answer sheets,
 planning the host program, inspecting new faculty members’ housing, meeting new
 faculty at the airport, and helping new faculty with their initial paperwork in
 University Administration and at the Recreation Centre.
 For those interested, the Summer Session is financially rewarding. However, it
 should be borne in mind that the Saudi summer is extremely hot so working at this
 time is very fatiguing.

Vacation Arrangements
 The Security Department issued the following suggestions in June 1990. The
 following applies to anyone who is leaving for a short vacation or the summer
 holiday.
 ♦ Do not leave things such as jewellery, money, or valuable papers in your house.
   These should be kept in a safe place or in a bank.
 ♦ Securely lock all doors and windows.
 ♦ Leave all electrical appliances (TV, VCR) in a securely locked room in the
   house.
 ♦ Take out your car battery and rotor arm.
 ♦ Ask a friend to pass by your house to check on things. Give him a key to the
   house and the phone of the Security Department (4444 or 3131). This person’s
   name should be left with the department before your departure.


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Tax
 There is no income tax, as such, in Saudi Arabia. Some consider charges paid for
 items such as entry/exit visas a form of taxation but basically one’s salary is paid
 free of deductions except for items agreed to such as international telephone calls.
 Teachers are advised to check out current tax regulations for their respective
 countries before departure.




Taxis
Local Area Taxis
 Taxi service in the Dhahran area is readily available. Two types of taxis offer
 service locally: yellow taxis and “limousine” services (white taxis). Women should
 not ride in the front seat of any taxi. Book your trip well in advance.
 Do not use the Yellow taxis: they are old and unsafe.
 White taxis: Al-Hajri and Hanco. Al-Hajri taxis use a meter, and their fares are
 slightly lower than the fares of KFUPM taxis. Hanco taxis have set rates,
 comparable to the KFUPM taxis.
 Al-Hajri :      894-5267, 895-4719, 898-2416, or 864-6449,
 Hanco:          894-8441 (24 hour service number) or 894-4220.
                 From Dammam: 834-9495, 834-9434, or 834-9838.
 Many faculty now use Hanco taxi with good results. The drivers know their way
 around the campus and they are polite and drive well. Prices are the same as the
 KFUPM taxi. If you want a round trip, the driver will wait 5-10 minutes for you to
 run your errand. After that, the charge is an extra SR10 to the round-trip fee.
 There are numerous taxi and limousine stops in the area. In Al-Khobar, taxis can be
 found at Tamimi Safeway, next to the large Al-Rahji Currency Exchange on
 Dhahran Street, and at Azizia Supermarket. Taxis and limousines are also available
 at the taxi stand at the Dhahran International Airport.
 Although tipping is not required, most people do offer small tips.

KFUPM Taxis 2799
 There is a private company operating a taxi service for KFUPM employees and
 their dependants. They are based behind the Mishwar Take-Away, opposite the Co-
 op. The phone is answered from 7:00 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. During
 weekdays, the 3-4 p.m. time slot is often previously booked, so it can be extremely
 difficult to get a taxi during that time. Booking in advance is not usually successful.
 Fares: On campus, all one-way fares are SR10. Fares to other places in the Dhahran
 area are as follows, with round-trip fares given in parentheses: Dhahran
 International Airport SR20 (SR40), Al-Khobar SR20 (SR40), ARAMCO SR20
 (SR40), Souks Shopping Centre SR20 (SR40), Dammam SR40 (SR80). Tipping is
 not mandatory, but most people tip between 10-20%. Fares can change without
 notice, but most of these have been unchanged in several years.



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 When you call, you will be told to wait outside if the taxi is coming at that moment.
 Alternatively, you will be told what time the taxi will come. If you have an
 arrangement for a later time, be sure that you are called when the taxi is sent. This
 will save you from waiting outside for a late taxi. Complaints should be made in
 writing to the director of the Co-Op. The director’s office is the second door on the
 left as you enter the Co-Op.
 Many teachers now call Hanco Taxi when a KFUPM one is unavailable. Hanco
 comes quickly and the prices are the same.




Telephone Service
 A telephone is provided in your house. Campus and local calls are free. Dial ‘*9’ to
 get off campus.
 International calls originating in the Kingdom can be expensive, but costs can be
 reduced by taking advantage of discount rates (nights, weekends).




Television
KFUPM Network
 Some English Language broadcasting is available on the University cable network,
 which is available to all houses without charge. Channels for English-speaking
 expatriates are CNN, BBC World, Bahrain Channel 55 and Fox Sport.
 For Arabic speakers a much wider choice is available.

Satellite TV
 Satellite TV is now easily available and a budget package will cost about SR380 for
 three months. Decoders and dishes can cost around SR1500 although, during sales
 promotions, decoders can be obtained free.

Video
 For those who wish to use VCRs, there are plenty of stores in Al-Khobar. There are
 also video rental stores in Al-Khobar and Dammam.




Tipping
 Tipping is a common practice in the Middle East; an amount is given as a token of
 appreciation for a job well done, for example, to a waiter in a restaurant. Tips such
 as these are given to the usual service suppliers, and are generally smaller than by
 Western standards. Tips in restaurants are usually limited to SR2-5, especially if a
 service charge has already been added.
 Tip according to level of service or for extraordinary service. Tip taxi/limo drivers
 10%-20% of the fare if you are happy with the service. Porters at the airports and
 hotels expect SR5 per bag; airport porters may ask for more, even after they have
 agreed to a certain amount or agreed to accept whatever you feel is appropriate. Tip
 your barber or hairdresser.



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Visas
Exit/Re-Entry Visas
  Exit/re-entry visas (combined in one stamp) are issued by the Government Passport
  Department only after the residence permit (the iqama) has been obtained.
  The application forms for an exit/re-entry visa can be obtained from the Faculty
  Resource Room (345) or from Personnel Services, 6th Floor, Building 21, Room
  613 (Passport Office). They must be completed and countersigned by the Director,
  OEP (Green Form) and the Dean (White Form).
  Departmental authorisation is not required for dependants.
  When completing the green form, specify whether a single or multiple visa is
  required.
  Formal application for the visas should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of your
  anticipated departure although if need arises the process can be completed very
  quickly.


  Single Exit/Entry Visas
  Single Exit/Entry Visas cost SR200 per passport, payable on application. Single
  Exit/Entry visas allow one exit and one re-entry to the Kingdom. They are valid for
  two months for Faculty and for six months for dependents, dated from date of
  departure. Note that months are calculated on the Hejira calendar so the validity of
  the visa should be checked carefully to avoid problems on re-entry.


  Multiple Exit/Entry Visas
  Multiple Exit/Entry Visas are available for a charge of SR500. They are valid for a
  period of six months (Hejira) from date of issue and allow unlimited exits/re-entries
  during the period of validity. Many Faculty obtain them and use them for weekend
  trips to Bahrain.


  Use of Visa
  If a visa is not used within the authorised period, Faculty and Personnel Services
  must be notified immediately in order to cancel the visa before its date of
  expiration. A penalty of SR1000 is imposed by the Saudi Arabian government for
  non-compliance with this directive.


  Visa Extensions
  In certain circumstances, extensions to the validity of visas can be granted. Enquire
  at the Passport Office (Building 21).

Visas for entry to other countries
  If you need to get a visa to visit another country, you will need to get your passport
  from Building 21. To get your passport, you need to fill in a green form, obtainable
  from the Passport Office or within the ELC Resource Room and get the appropriate
  signatures on it. You can then either take your passport or send it by courier to the
  relevant embassy. Some travel agencies in Al-Khobar will also help you obtain
  visas, for a charge, of course.




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Visa Service, UK
 Teachers coming from the UK are advised to contact Les Budd of JAYBLA, a
 reasonable and reliable visa and document attestation service. Les processes Saudi
 initial entry visas and visas for visiting dependants. His office address is
                                   JAYBLA,
                                   52 Mount Street,
                                   LONDON W1Y 5RE.
                                   Direct line: 0171 493 5125.
                                   Switchboard: Phone: 0171 499 6171.
                                   Fax: 0171 499 2832.
 Les can also arrange for your medical forms to be accredited, and get visas for other
 countries. His service is highly recommended.

Visitors to Saudi Arabia:
 See also ‘Important     Notes’ at the beginning of this book
 Visas to enter Saudi Arabia are, in normal circumstances, issued only to employees
 and their dependants. However, it is possible, although difficult, to get a visitor’s
 visa for close members of your family (parents, female children of any age, and
 male children up to age 18). There are certain times of the year when visas are
 restricted, for example between the two Eid holidays, because of the large numbers
 of visas which must be issued and processed by the government during this time.
 The process requires time and patience. Begin by obtaining and filling out a Visit
 Visa request from the Passport Office in Building 21. You will be advised on the
 procedure to follow.
 You will also be asked how long the visa should be valid for, meaning the length of
 the visit. It has been possible to get visas that are valid for three months and there is
 the possibility of extension. Check on this point with the Passport Office.




Water
 Water is supplied as desalinated seawater (normal tap supply) or as ‘sweet water’. It
 is not recommended that you drink the former as it may cause intestinal problems
 and kidney stones because of its high mineral content.

‘Sweet’ water
 Kitchens in faculty housing (except in North Compound) are equipped with a
 separate sweet (well) water tap.
 Free sweet water is available near the Al-Khobar water tanks, about 1/4 km from the
 wholesale market. Bring your own jerry cans and fill up.

Water Delivery
 Springs Water Factory offers a weekly delivery service. Five gallon bottles are
 delivered to homes on campus each Thursday. Books of 20 coupons are available
 for SR140 – one coupon is exchanged for one bottle of water. The company also
 sells pumps and dispensers (also available in the Co-op and at Tamimi Safeway).
 Contact: 857 9795 or 857 9833 (Fax/Tel).
 Saif Establishment also offers a weekly water delivery service. Five gallon bottles
 are delivered each Wednesday. It is necessary to buy a book of 20 coupons

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 (SR220). Direct inquiries to Aqua Cool, phone 850-0957 or 850-2008; better still,
 find someone who is having water delivered and have him submit your name on a
 special form included in each booklet of coupons; the referring person will receive a
 free bottle of water. The company also offers pumps and bottle-holder dispensers
 for SR100.
 When leaving an empty bottle outside, leave it in a conspicuous place and stick the
 coupon to or down inside the bottle so it doesn’t blow out. You can put more than
 one coupon in a bottle if you want more than one bottle of water left for you. If you
 miss a delivery, you can take an empty bottle to Safeway and buy a full one
 (Safeway does not accept the coupons). If you find you have been given a leaking
 bottle, call the company and they will send you a replacement.




Weather
 There are two main seasons in Dhahran: winter and summer. The winter lasts for
 four-months. It can be cold, windy, and rainy between November and March. Bring
 a few pullovers plus a light, windproof jacket. You might also want to bring a light
 waterproof. Cheap umbrellas are available here. In the eight-month summer, you
 usually need to use the air-conditioning extensively. There are short periods
 between these two seasons which are neither summer nor winter. However, these
 spring and autumn-like days are few.
 There may be sandstorms in the spring and early summer. Keep the windows in
 your home and car closed during times of high wind. Close windows every time you
 leave your car or house. Those using contact lenses should have large sunglasses
 which surround and protect the eyes.
 The days of highest humidity are in July, August, and September. Breezes keep
 things somewhat dry during the day, but at night, there is little breeze and the
 humidity may soar to 80-90%.




Women’s Affairs
Women’s Group
 There is a women’s group on the campus – Tel 5357. It organises activities, trips
 and meetings. The Group welcomes help and input from newcomers.

Life as a dependent spouse
 Life as a dependent spouse requires a resilient nature. Work opportunities do exist
 but they are difficult to find and their vacation periods can conflict with those of
 KFUPM.
 Non-working spouses, especially those without accompanying children, will find
 they must draw heavily on their internal resources if they are to adapt successfully
 to life at KFUPM.

Women’s Dress
 When in public, women are expected to wear an Abaya – a sort of black cloak
 which covers the body, legs and arms. While some do go to town without it, they
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Some wives also cover their hair and perhaps their face as well. However, this is a
personal choice.
In private houses, dress is normal western style (usually informal) clothing.
Hairdressing is done in private homes and compounds – not in shopping areas.




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Appendices




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Appendix 1
Campus Map




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        Appendix 2
        Configuration for RAS
          for Internet Explorer (I.E. 5):
          1. Launch the internet explorer
          2. Click on "Tools" and select "Internet Options" (A window of Internet Options
             will appear on your screen)
          3. Select the "Connection" tab
          4. In the "LAN Settings" section
               a. Select the "Access the internet using a proxy server"
               b. In the address field enter: <proxy.kfupm.edu.sa>
               c. In the port field enter: <80>
          5. Click on Advanced button (A window of proxy settings will appear)
          6. In the exceptions section            please   enter   the    following   information:
             *.kfupm.edu.sa;10.9.0.2
          7. Click on "OK"
          8. Click on "Apply"
          9. Click on "OK" to close the Internet Options window
          10. Start using the Internet




        Appendix 3
        ITC Contacts
Title                                                          Telephone                 E-mail
Director, Information Technology Centre                        3900          itc.director@kfupm.edu.sa
Deputy Director, Information Technology Centre                 3960          itc.ddirector@kfupm.edu.sa
Manager, Administrative Application Services (AAS)             3960          itc.aas@kfupm.edu.sa
Web-pages Services (webmaster)                                 4290          webmaster@kfupm.edu.sa
E-mail Services (postmaster)                                   3917          postmaster@kfupm.edu.sa
Userid's and Accounts                                          3916




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Appendix 4
Faculty Accommodation




 Ferdaws: One bedroom apartment




 Ferdaws: Two bedroom apartment




 Shabab Apartment


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Appendix 5
KFUPM Contact List
  This is a “You never know when it might come in useful” list. You might never use it but it could be useful.
  NOTE:
  1- If you are calling from outside Saudi Arabia, please dial (+966-3) + the telephone number.
  2- If you are calling from inside Saudi Arabia, please dial (03) + the telephone number.

                              Position                          Tel.         Fax                    E-mail

 KFUPM RECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER                      860-2000     891-4620     rector@kfupm.edu.sa

 Vice Rector                                                 860-2300     860-2323     vr@kfupm.edu.sa

 Dean of Faculty & Personnel Affairs                         860-2400     860-2429     fp.dean@kfupm.edu.sa

 Dean of Educational Services                                860-2394     860-2341     es.dean@kfupm.edu.sa

 Assistant .Dean, Educational Services                       860-4700     860-4770     es.adean@kfupm.edu.sa

 Director, Orientation English Program                       860-4513     860-2341     es.doep@kfupm.edu.sa

 Director, University English Program                        860-3156     860-2341     es.duep@kfupm.edu.sa

 Director, Information Technology Centre (ITC)               860-3900     860-3955     itc.director@kfupm.edu.sa

 Deputy Director, Information Technology Centre              860-3960     860-3953     itc.ddirector@kfupm.edu.sa

 All Faculty                                                                           kfupm.faculty@kfupm.edu.sa

 Educational Services (ELC)                                                            elc.faculty@kfupm.edu.sa

 KFUPM E-mail Administrator                                                            postmaster@kfupm.edu.sa

 KFUPM Web Administrator                                                               webmaster@kfupm.edu.sa




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Appendix 6
Car Dealers
                                     894-7127 / 894-7621 / 827-3363 / 826-2411
Arabian Motors (AMECO)
                                     827-5118 / 826-3007 / 826-4090

Fiat                                 857-2524 / 857-4488 / 864-4295

Ford                                 857-4423 / 857-9153 / 857-9145

Ford Mercury                         857-6657 / 857-6467-

GM (General Machinery Agencies)      864-4284 / 864-2558

GM (Al-Jomaih)                       833-7777 / 834-8769 / 857-2932

Honda                                857-4720 / 857-4730 / 857-3695 / 895-1962

Hyundai                              826-8677 / 842-3936 / 842-4814

Isuzu                                864-1507 / 864-1510 / 894-3334

Mazda                                857-6657 / 857-6467

Mitsubishi                           857-2045 / 857-1807 / 842-6558

Nissan                               895-3584 / 832-4300 / 832-3322 / 832-2233

Suzuki                               826-4707

Toyota                               834-0547 / 834-6512 / 834-7378

United Arab Motors (Chrysler-Jeep)   857-9666 / 857-7085 / 857-7179

Volvo/Renault                        857-1900 / 857-2595




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Appendix7
  Hospital Numbers
  Al Mana (Dammam) .................... 826-2111             Al Fakhri ....................... 895-4964
  Al Mana (Al Khobar)................... 864-2330            ARAMCO ..................... 874-8280
  Al Dossary .....................................894-0732   Al Salama ...................... 846-1011; 864-4333
  Mouwaset (Dammam) .................827-0518                King Fahd ..................... 894-3600; 894-5800




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Index
  No Item                                                           See under                                     Page
  1    ARAMCO............................................... ARAMCO ...................................4
  2    Accidents ................................................ Cars..............................................9
  3    Al Areeky ............................................... Restaurants & Eating Out .........29
  4    Al Rashid Mall........................................ Shopping....................................30
  5    Al-Areeky Market................................... Shopping....................................30
  6    American School .................................... Schools ......................................30
  7    ARAMCO............................................... History of the Eastern Region ...18
  8    ARAMCO Notices.................................. Notice Boards ............................27
  9    AZIZIA SOUK ....................................... Shopping....................................30
  10   Badminton .............................................. Sports.........................................36
  11   Bani Khaled Village ............................... History of the Eastern Region ...18
  12   Banks ...................................................... Money........................................25
  13   Bargaining .............................................. Shopping....................................30
  14   Bookstores .............................................. Bookstores ...................................7
  15   British School ......................................... Schools ......................................30
  16   Buying a Computer................................. Computers .................................14
  17   Buying a New Car: ................................. Cars..............................................9
  18   Buying a Used Car ................................. Cars..............................................9
  19   Camping.................................................. Sports.........................................36
  20   Campus Map........................................... Appendix 1 ................................48
  21   Canadian Consulate ................................ Consulates .................................16
  22   Car Auctions ........................................... Cars..............................................9
  23   Car Dealers ............................................. Appendix 6 ................................52
  24   Cash in lieu of tickets. ............................ Summer Vacation ......................39
  25   Clinic, KFUPM ..................................... Medical & Health ......................23
  26   Clothes ................................................... Shopping....................................30
  27   Computer Exhibitions. ........................... Computers .................................14
  28   Computers at ELC .................................. Computers .................................14
  29   Configuration for RAS ........................... Appendix 2 ................................49
  30   Cycling.................................................... Sports.........................................36
  31   Dammam................................................. History of the Eastern Region ...18
  32   Dealers: Information for Car Buyers ..... Cars..............................................9
  33   Dentists ................................................... Medical & Health ......................23
  34   Documents to bring on first arrival......... Bureaucracy.................................6
  35   Downtown .............................................. Restaurants & Eating Out .........29
  36   Driving.................................................... Cars..............................................9
  37   Driving Licence ...................................... Cars..............................................9
  38   ELC Snack Bar ....................................... Restaurants & Eating Out .........29
  39   Exchange Rates....................................... Money........................................25
  40   Exit/Re-Entry Visas ................................ Visas ..........................................43
  41   Faculty Accommodation......................... Appendix 4 ................................50
  42   Faculty Cafeteria 3500, 3518.................. Restaurants & Eating Out .........29
  43   Families .................................................. Housing .....................................19
  44   Farm 5 Supermarket. ............................. Shopping....................................30
  45   Farm 9 Supermarket ............................... Shopping....................................30
  46   Fax Services............................................ Fax Services ..............................17
  47   Ferdaws................................................... Housing .....................................19
  48   Fines........................................................ Cars..............................................9
  49   Flying with Saudia.................................. Summer Vacation ......................39
  50   Football (soccer) ..................................... Sports.........................................36
  51   Fresh Fish ............................................... Shopping....................................30
  52   Garden and Patio Supplies...................... Shopping....................................30
  53   Gate Policy ............................................. Gate Policy ................................17


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No Item                                                           See under                                     Page
54    General....................................................Bahrain........................................ 4
55    General Information on Schools .............Schools...................................... 30
56    Getting Help............................................Computers................................. 14
57    Getting There ..........................................Bahrain........................................ 4
58    Gifts and Souvenirs.................................Shopping................................... 30
59    Gynaecologists/Obstetricians ................Medical & Health ..................... 23
60    Hofuf.......................................................History of the Eastern Region... 18
61    Hospitals .................................................Medical & Health ..................... 23
62    Hotels ......................................................Bahrain........................................ 4
63    Initial Costs .............................................Bureaucracy ................................ 6
64    Inspection................................................Cars ............................................. 9
65    Insurance .................................................Cars ............................................. 9
66    International Newspapers........................Newspapers & Magazines ........ 26
67    ITC Contacts ...........................................Appendix 3 ............................... 49
68    Jawatha Mosque ....................................History of the Eastern Region... 18
69    KFUPM Beach........................................Beaches ...................................... 5
70    KFUPM Buses ........................................Bus Services................................ 8
71    KFUPM Contact List ..............................Appendix 5 ............................... 51
72    KFUPM Co-Op 3599.............................Shopping................................... 30
73    KFUPM Firewall ....................................Computers................................. 14
74    KFUPM Network....................................Television ................................. 43
75    KFUPM Notices......................................Notice Boards ........................... 27
76    KFUPM Taxis.........................................Taxis ......................................... 42
77    KFUPM Website.....................................Computers................................. 14
78    Kitchenware ............................................Shopping................................... 30
79    Language Courses...................................Language Courses..................... 21
80    Laundry Facilities ...................................Housing..................................... 19
81    Life as a dependent spouse .....................Women's Affairs ....................... 47
82    Local Area Notices .................................Notice Boards ........................... 27
83    Local Area Taxis.....................................Taxis ......................................... 42
84    Local Buses.............................................Bus Services................................ 8
85    Local Newspapers ...................................Newspapers & Magazines ........ 26
86    Magazines ...............................................Newspapers & Magazines ........ 26
87    Mail Room ..............................................Mail Room ................................ 23
88    Main Library ...........................................Libraries.................................... 22
89    Maintenance............................................Housing..................................... 19
90    Medical Insurance...................................Medical & Health ..................... 23
91    Mishwar Take-Away ..............................Restaurants & Eating Out ........ 29
92    Money Changers .....................................Money ....................................... 25
93    Multiple Exit/Entry Visas .......................Visas ......................................... 43
94    Opticians .................................................Opticians ................................... 28
95    Outside Servers .......................................Computers................................. 14
96    Papers to carry at all times ......................Cars ............................................. 9
97    Parking ....................................................Cars ............................................. 9
98    Photos......................................................Bureaucracy ................................ 6
99    Physiotherapy..........................................Sports ........................................ 36
100   Places to Visit .........................................History of the Eastern Region... 18
101   Police Vehicles........................................Police Vehicles ......................... 28
102   Potential problems with your iqama: ......Iqama ........................................ 21
103   Public Beaches ........................................Beaches ...................................... 5
104   Qasr Ibrahim ...........................................History of the Eastern Region... 18
105   Qatif ........................................................History of the Eastern Region... 18
106   Racquetball .............................................Sports ........................................ 36
107   RAS.........................................................Computers................................. 14
108   Receipts and Warranties..........................Shopping................................... 30
109   Recreation Centre ...................................Recreation Centre .................... 29
110   Recreation Centre Library ......................Libraries.................................... 22

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111 Registration............................................. Cars..............................................9
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112     Remitting Funds Abroad......................... Money........................................25
113     Renewal .................................................. Iqama .........................................21
114     Renting a Car: ......................................... Cars..............................................9
115     Repairing ................................................ Cars..............................................9
116     Rug Shops............................................... Shopping....................................30
117     Running/Jogging..................................... Sports.........................................36
118     Safwa ...................................................... History of the Eastern Region ...18
119     Sailing and Scuba Diving ....................... Sports.........................................36
120     Satellite TV............................................. Television ..................................43
121     School buses ........................................... Bus Services ................................8
122     Scrapping Your Car ................................ Cars..............................................9
123     Shabab Place........................................... Housing .....................................19
124     Shipping a Car: ....................................... Cars..............................................9
125     Shopping Buses ...................................... Bus Services ................................8
126     Signing Up.............................................. Computers .................................14
127     Single Exit/Entry Visas .......................... Visas ..........................................43
128     Single Men.............................................. Housing .....................................19
129     Snooker (pool) ........................................ Sports.........................................36
130     Soccer (see Football) .............................. Sports.........................................36
131     Squash .................................................... Sports.........................................36
132     Summer Parking ..................................... Summer Vacation ......................39
133     Summer Session...................................... Summer Vacation ......................39
134     Supermarkets .......................................... Shopping....................................30
135     'Sweet' water ........................................... Water .........................................46
136     Swimming............................................... Sports.........................................36
137     Tamimi Safeway .................................... Shopping....................................30
138     Tax .......................................................... Tax.............................................41
139     Telephone Service .................................. Telephone Service .....................43
140     Tennis ..................................................... Sports.........................................36
141     Thaj and Al-Hina .................................... History of the Eastern Region ...18
142     Things to do ............................................ Bahrain ........................................4
143     Tipping.................................................... Tipping ......................................43
144     Towing.................................................... Cars..............................................9
145     Travel...................................................... Summer Vacation ......................39
146     United Kingdom Consulate .................... Consulates .................................16
147     United Kingdom Embassy, Riyadh ........ Consulates .................................16
148     United States Consulate.......................... Consulates .................................16
149     Use of Visa ............................................. Visas ..........................................43
150     Vacation Arrangements .......................... Summer Vacation ......................39
151     Video ...................................................... Television ..................................43
152     Visa Extensions ...................................... Visas ..........................................43
153     Visa Service, UK .................................... Visas ..........................................43
154     Visas ....................................................... Bahrain ........................................4
155     Visas for entry to other countries............ Visas ..........................................43
156     Visitors to Saudi Arabia: ....................... Visas ..........................................43
157     Voltage Stabilisers. ................................ Computers .................................14
158     Water Delivery ....................................... Water .........................................46
159     Weather................................................... Weather .....................................47
160     Weight room ........................................... Sports.........................................36
161     Women’s Dress....................................... Women's Affairs........................47
162     Women's Group ...................................... Women's Affairs........................47




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