Sharbatly compound

#1 28 May 2011 19:02:06

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Sharbatly compound

I'll be travelling to Jeddah late in August...I'm wondering how can I go around inside the compound since it really looks like a real village not as I imagined...I know females are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia...I have no license any way...Any suggestions?

#2 28 May 2011 19:10:01

Dr.Ayk
Dr.Ayk
Jeddah

Re: Sharbatly compound

what i understand that you need to see the compound from inside,right? of course you can go and ask the management to enter and see if there is available units there.

of course car driving is illegal for all females whatever nationality, age or even they have licensee or not.It is completely prohibited.

Most welcome for any question i can answer.

#3 28 May 2011 19:18:34

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Re: Sharbatly compound

No, Ayk... I'll be working with JKS and they're giving me accommodation there...I visited Sharbatly's website and can't imagine how I'll be moving inside the place with no car? Is there any transportation there? How much will it cost?
Thanks

#5 29 May 2011 22:11:30

1967tazz
1967tazz
Nakuru

Re: Sharbatly compound

Al Adel wrote:

No, Ayk... I'll be working with JKS and they're giving me accommodation there...I visited Sharbatly's website and can't imagine how I'll be moving inside the place with no car? Is there any transportation there? How much will it cost?
Thanks

Hi Adel,

Don't worry, on the compound I am told that there are electric vehicles that u can use, (yes, even a woman.... ;))
Also, JKS bus us into the school and back each day, and app there are buses from Sharbatly into Jeddah, as well as taking you to the beach also. I will be there next week, so will try to send you pictures... How are things going?

#7 31 May 2011 04:46:06

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hey,

Thank you guys for the replies. 1967tazz I'm glad it's easy to move around there...ah...u're already going there next week?  Isn't it so soon?  You got ur visa? I still have a month to travel back home finish my paper work then back here and off to Jeddah...I would love to see some real pictures... That would be great...as I'm so worried yet sort of excited... How’s Angela doing?

Send my hello to the family...
Have a safe trip...

Adel

#8 31 May 2011 10:45:20

1967tazz
1967tazz
Nakuru

Re: Sharbatly compound

Al Adel wrote:

Hey,

Thank you guys for the replies. 1967tazz I'm glad it's easy to move around there...ah...u're already going there next week?  Isn't it so soon?  You got ur visa? I still have a month to travel back home finish my paper work then back here and off to Jeddah...I would love to see some real pictures... That would be great...as I'm so worried yet sort of excited... How’s Angela doing?

Send my hello to the family...
Have a safe trip...

Adel

Hi,
As Angela has taken the job offer at JKS (Primary stage!!) then our two children will be coming with us, so lots of paperwork to do to get them over for September. We where not accepting an offer that meant them needing to stay in the UK until November time when their visas where sorted after our arrival. So school have been great and sorted my paperwork early in the UK, to enable me to travel out on Saturday for 2-3 weeks to sort out my residency/work visas so that I can then apply for the kids to be able to travel with us in late August...

Its really good how its worked out as it means that I get to meet my dept and take home stuff to prep so we can both hit the ground running in September.

On a personal front it means I get to 'see' both the school and the housing first hand! So, as you can guess I have been instructed to take lots of photos and ask lots of questions... I will post the photos and send you the link if you wish and if you have anything that you would like me to ask, then just ask away and I will do my best!

Right, better sign off as today is the day when I take Angela for last years birthday present... to the 'Take That' concert :/

Clench bum cheeks...

tc

#9 01 June 2011 19:13:18

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hello,
I'm glad Angela accepted the job...Did she work as a teacher before? I'm sure she'll find her way out...I think it's better to move there together, it'll be much easier to have your family around you without needing to worry about how things are going back home...
Are we paying the utilities? Is it mentioned in contract? Can you check if I am allowed to drive the electric cars without having a driving license? How much will it cost me?...Sharbatly looks fancy but I read a lot of comments saying that the Arabian homes was better...not sure what's the difference or what's wrong with sharbatly :S just a bit confused with a lot of paper work to finish...I would sure appreciate it if you send me the link to the posted photos.
Hope you and Angela had fun at the concert :)
Enjoy your stay at KSA :) ... and let us know what happens there :D

tc

#10 01 June 2011 20:07:24

1967tazz
1967tazz
Nakuru

Re: Sharbatly compound

Al Adel wrote:

Hello,
I'm glad Angela accepted the job...Did she work as a teacher before? I'm sure she'll find her way out...I think it's better to move there together, it'll be much easier to have your family around you without needing to worry about how things are going back home...
Are we paying the utilities? Is it mentioned in contract? Can you check if I am allowed to drive the electric cars without having a driving license? How much will it cost me?...Sharbatly looks fancy but I read a lot of comments saying that the Arabian homes was better...not sure what's the difference or what's wrong with sharbatly :S just a bit confused with a lot of paper work to finish...I would sure appreciate it if you send me the link to the posted photos.
Hope you and Angela had fun at the concert :)
Enjoy your stay at KSA :) ... and let us know what happens there :D

tc

Hi, How are you?
Yes, far happier, there is a lot more to sort but worth the hassle to stay together :)
I dont know if its in the contract, but I was told when I asked that yes Utilities are included, except for air con, £20 monthly was the figure I was quoted...

Electric Golf buggies are the way around the site, (again, I was told) and by the same person, no license necessary, suppose that none exists for a Golf Buggy?

Yes, Arabian homes, I have read similar blogs :(, all I can say is that I will be very glad to take a good look myself... I will post photos so you can make up your own mind, Head of Department told me that they are currently building a new development of bungalows and villas just for JKS staff! so you should be ok there, apparently they are building them around a new pool area also, she was a bit upset that she is leaving before getting the chance to move into them...

Hope some of that helps, I will be able to tell you more when I have been and seen firsthand. Due to arrive on Saturday night, at my swish hotel!! don't know why I can't stay at Sharbatly :( would rather see the site, but they say no room. So, I will just have to 'manage' at the 5* Hotel they are putting me up at!!!

TC and will keep you posted.

How are things winding down for you?
When are you off back to the States?

#11 01 June 2011 20:26:49

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hey,
Thanks for the information :)...I'm travelling back home in July and can't stop thinking of all the things I have to finish in such short time...I'm still working here and finishing late June...It's been a long year...and I feel I'll have no time to take a break!! Villas around the pool would be great :D Just the view of it would be nice ... Are you taking any winter clothes for winter in Jeddah? I heard it gets cold sometimes...but not sure...I just don't want to carry over weight for nothing...I think also we can buy stuff from there...
I just can't concentrate and I feel sleepy with all that work and reports... You guys are done with the academic year?
Hope all goes well :)...
Keep me posted and if I know anything I'll let you know.. by the way you could buy Angela Abbaya from there so she'd be ready :)...

tc

#12 01 June 2011 21:02:44

1967tazz
1967tazz
Nakuru

Re: Sharbatly compound

Erm... the Abaya 'thing' I am keeping out of that totally ;)

No still at school till late July :(

I think that we will not take winter clothes, rather leave them here for when we return at Christmas, and buy there as we need them...

tc

#13 03 June 2011 00:32:19

patricka
patricka
Jeddah

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hi, I'm also moving to Sharbatly in August and I'm going to be working at Jeddah Knowledge as well.  I'd also love to see any photo's of Sharbatly too, it may be what keeps me smiling for the last few weeks of school.  :)

#14 03 June 2011 11:10:32

1967tazz
1967tazz
Nakuru

Re: Sharbatly compound

patricka wrote:

Hi, I'm also moving to Sharbatly in August and I'm going to be working at Jeddah Knowledge as well.  I'd also love to see any photo's of Sharbatly too, it may be what keeps me smiling for the last few weeks of school.  :)

Hi Patricka,

Good to make contact with you, so you are joining JKS also? congrats and welcome, what will you be teaching?

Yes I will send you any photos on... if you inbox me with your email address details and I will send them to you as and when, I am flying out tomorrow so should have some photos for you shortly after that. So where are you working now?

tc

Roy.

#15 03 June 2011 22:56:21

missmier

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hi all - this is Angela 1967tazz wife

Just been reading all your posts.

I am staying behind with the kids as my teaching contract doesn't end until July. I will happily email you all the photos that Roy (tazz) emails me.

Al Adel - I think I am gonna try and get away with wearing long floaty palazzo trousers and skirts before I try the abaya ....

I too am worried about the housing situation..we have 2 teenagers coming over with us and if they are not happy, our lives will be hell....my son needs his X box and my daughter needs her music..lol

Al Adel / Patricka - Which year group will you be teaching? I will be a homeroom teacher in PYP and as it stands I know absolutely zero about the role. I am currently a 11 - 18 year old secondary school teacher in the UK, so I am expecting some huge culture shock c- not just in the country, but in teaching too!

I am sure there will be plenty of time to socialise when we arrive.. looking forward to meeting you both.

All the best. I'm not looking forward to loosing my husband for the next 3 weeks, but hopefully he will return with some reassuring answers.

Angela

#16 04 June 2011 10:26:46

Al Adel
Al Adel
Alexandria

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hello Angela,

Hope all is well your end...I'm not sure we can go out of the compound wearing anything but abbaya. I heard in Jeddah you need no hair cover and abbayas could be different colors than black but I'm not sure about what other colors exactly...I'm fine with whatever suits the culture...I want to save myself the hassle...and it's not a problem for me...
I'll be teaching PYP too but they didn't confirm which year group yet...We'll know soon...Well, I think it will be more work than teaching high school...you'll need to be more creative and patient...they're kids and ones whose mother tongue isn't English...It also depends on what materials are already available at school...They said the class has about 20 students I guess...that's a lot...they never mentioned if we'll have TAs to help us out and I never asked...
I am too worried too...Sharbatly looks great on the web...but is it for real and even if it is...What kind of accommodations will we get as teacher :S...
What makes me kind of relaxed was that you guys changed your plan and decided to relocate with Roy...which is a huge step...so I'm kind of thinking it's worth it or you've never been apart :D confused again...
Either ways I hope things turn out the way we wish: Perfect! :)
Keep me posted...
tc :)

#17 09 June 2011 12:19:04

missmier

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hi Al Adel

Roy has spent a few day there and from what he has discovered, I am sure we are going to be fine. The Management are very accommodating and are bending over backwards to be welcoming and helpful. What I do  know is that we will all be getting a new build villa, and because we will have our teenagers with us, they are offering us a double villa - I can see lots of weekend BBQ's and parties looming with all the extra space lol!

I be honest Al Adel, I am really looking forward to the whole experience now that Roy has sent home this information. I spoke to the head of primary via email today and she informed me that I will be getting a Grade 2 class - this is a huge shock as my training and experience is for 11 - 18 years! Anyhow, I'm open for the challenge..

If you want the head of PYP email you can email me at missmier[at]gmail.com and I will send you her address and details.

Looking forward to meeting both you and Patrika..

All the best for now

Angela x

#18 17 November 2011 14:08:28

rawalpindi
rawalpindi
islamabad

Re: Sharbatly compound

i miss sharbatly compound i work in panache resturant as supervisor it was excellent part of my life  hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i mis all sharbatly family
and also sharbatly mangment.

#19 23 November 2011 13:08:47

M shakaa
M shakaa
Jeddah

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hi All,

I just movved to Jeddah, Can any one help me as I am tring to find 2 two bedroom app. at Sharbatly

I don't even know the price and I am on a waiting list and I don't know for how long it will last

Thanks,

#22 20 March 2012 21:24:32

clairey5

Re: Sharbatly compound

I have just accepted a job at JKS starting in August 2012.  How is the school? Also i would love to see some pictures of the compound.

Thanks,

Claire

#23 21 March 2012 03:23:38

patricka
patricka
Jeddah

Re: Sharbatly compound

The photos of the compound on the website are accurate, JKS staff mostly all have new villa's but even the "old" villa's are good. The compound itself is fantastic, swimming pools, supermarket, restaurant that delivers.

#24 21 March 2012 08:20:04

clairey5

Re: Sharbatly compound

Thanks Patricka,

What is the gym like?  Also are lots of activities and clubs etc to allow me to meet new people.  I am coming alone so want to make sure I can meet people and I won't be too lonely.

#25 21 March 2012 12:41:01

Sapph
Sapph
Jeddah

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hiya!! I've just accepted a job at JKS starting August and will be staying at Sharbatly village, can anyone tell me about exit visa's and having people visit. I heard it's almost impossible to have visitors stay and exit permits can be tricky, is this true? Also what are the main laws in Saudi?

#26 21 March 2012 12:59:31

LoopyLou87
LoopyLou87
Riyadh

Re: Sharbatly compound

Your employer will do your exit visas for you. But just getting hold of your passport on time can be tricky business. Getting in and out of country has never been an issue for me or anyone else I know. Like I say it's just that they dont rush with finding passports. I can't imagine it is easy to have visitors as a single female. Everyone I know has come in on the husbands sponsorship. Saudi is a law unto itself so you'll come to realise that is a stupid question :P Basically just wear your abaya and carry a scarf - dont get caught withsingle guys and you'll pretty much be ok.

#27 21 March 2012 13:09:54

saimans
saimans
RIYADH

Re: Sharbatly compound

Sapph wrote:

Also what are the main laws in Saudi?

- Wearing Black Abaya @ all public places for women,
- No Vehicle driving for women ( Unless you are in Dahran's compound)
- No Mixing with the opposite gender in public or private for single person.
- All women, regardless of the age, shall have a male guardian. The guardian permission shall be required for marriage, opening bank account, travel, employment, surgery etc.
- Women are not allowed to vote and cannot be elected for high profile position in the govt sector.
- Drinking/Possession of Liquor is a serious offence.
- Drugs are strictly no no.
- Public practice of any form of religion other than Islam is prohibited.
- Entry to the two holy cities is forbiddedn for non-muslims.\
- Lunar calendar of 12 months is followed insted of Gregorian calander, which is 10-11 days ahort.
- Non-Payment of the debt is considered as a serious crime.

These are some of the main laws which I can think of. However, there might be numerous unspoken laws or so called general practice.

#28 21 March 2012 13:21:37

saimans
saimans
RIYADH

Re: Sharbatly compound

I agree with Louise.Welge, that your employer will do your exit visa. However it will depend on the category of the profession on your Iqama, whether you can get a single entry/exit visa or the multiple entry/exit visa.

Correct me experts If I'm Wrong !!!

#31 21 March 2012 16:28:25

LoopyLou87
LoopyLou87
Riyadh

Re: Sharbatly compound

You can def have female family members come over, don't really know about friends. I have seen frends come over but they were as an MF couples and the person who sponsored them was a diplomat. Who you are and who you know makes a big difference out here. Maybe someone else knows a bit more

#33 03 April 2012 18:37:43

MikaTect
MikaTect
Hertfordshire

Re: Sharbatly compound

Hi

Well, I have also just arrived myself, although i am not female, i do know what the rules are reagrding females driving in Saudi, it is forbidden aparently.....

However, from what i gather, within the compounds females do drive, i guess.... but if you want to leave the compound, you will need to hire a driver to take you around.

What i dont know for sure is whether, these hired drivers are from a specific agency, because it is also forbidden to drive in a vehicle with a male unless he is a relative.

so how it works in this case i am not sure, but i know someone who may shed a little more light on the subject, will confer with him and update you.

sorry i wasn't as helpful as i would like to have been...

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