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Ask Bee: Young and Single in Jeddah

We have a great bunch of readers at Jeddah Blog who we simply love hearing from. They send us suggestions, queries, information, and even ask us for advice. They are our sounding board, and they provide constant feedback on all the material we work so hard to bring to you.

In days gone by, Jeddah’s favourite Agony Aunt, Bee has imparted her pearls of wisdom to readers about picking up essential Arabic phrases, what to avoid while shopping for makeup, how to get round the problem of a lack of fitting rooms for women, getting out and about without being able to drive, her top makeup tips and even getting a job in Saudi Arabia.

In her latest column, Bee dishes out her straightforward and practical advice to a young, twenty-something who is conflicted about making the move from the UK to the Middle East. Will Bee have all the answers this time?

About Bee

Ask Bee: Finding a job in JeddahBee is a 30 something mother, wife, corporate consultant and a bona fide prodigy in the art of shelling out unnecessary, unsolicited and often useless advice. The kind people at her office actually pay her for doing this on an hourly daily basis and she returns the kindness by making them lose sleep over random pointless issues. She currently lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with her very sane husband (he takes after his mother) and her two not very sane children (they too take after their mother). Her own personal hell would be to have nothing to do with no-one paying her for pretending to have nothing to do.

Sorry to bother you, not too worried about this making the website, but was looking for a bit of advice! I’m a single 25 year old British girl & lived in Dubai for 18 years (my family are still there).

I’m currently living back in the UK and looking for a change. I’ve had a career opportunity open up in Jeddah and am in two minds whether to take it or not…! I’m very independent, I enjoy driving and, like many young women, enjoy a glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion! However I equally enjoy the beach, weather, culture and laid back lifestyle the Middle Eastern countries have to offer. So my question is mainly about demographics I suppose… How many young, free, expat females are there around, and what are their views on the lifestyle? And/or would I be able to be put in touch with a few to pick their brains?!

Hey thanks for being in touch and for giving me a glimpse of life that I once had, wished I had, know will never have. you seem to be doing quite well for yourself and since you didn’t tell us what exactly is your profession, I am going to go ahead and assume that it is something fun. Let’s take your query and break it into its constituent parts (sounds very professional, no?)

Young, Free, Expat Females in Saudi

Contrary to what the matchmakers sites may tell you, there aren’t many single (and desirable ) female expats out here. It could be because the visa restrictions are just tighter if you are a single female, but also because girls of a certain age do not want to move to a country that doesn’t offer many gender mingling opportunities. The only  exception to the rule would be female nurses, teachers and some doctors. However, when you are a single female working in Jeddah, you will most likely be giving accommodation facilities by your employer because it is very rare (and unsafe) for females to live alone in apartments, and compounds would rarely rent to you if your are single. So the answer to this is; there aren’t as many as you would find in Dubai for example, but if you are working in a female-centric profession or organization, you will definitely find company. Also don’t rule out the possibility of mingling with young Saudi females, they’re quite progressive and fun to be around.

Da Glass O’ Wine

Not happening; this is Saudi Arabia, my friend.

The Beach and the Laid Back Lifestyle

This is TOTALLY Saudi. There are many options (mostly very expensive) where you get access to private beaches that are almost as good as the ones you find in Dubai. Shopping is the main activity and yes the lifestyle is a little laid back but also family-centric. Do keep in mind that all day shopping sprees as in Dubai are a rarity here since all shops close for prayers and spending 45 minutes loitering around 4 times during the day isn’t optimal for mental (or physical) health.

How to get in touch with Single Female Expats

I suggest and the Jeddah Blog Facebook Group as ideal places to look for your target demographics. Since I am an old hag myself, all expats I know are married so can’t really help you there.

To Sum Up:

Saudi is a good place to live if you are looking to make some good money all the while enjoying a laidback/ lavish lifestyle. Not exactly the kind of place where you would expect to hang out with single/ opposite gender friends or go hang out at the beach. There are, as always, exceptions to the rule, and a lot depends on the organization you are working with. My office has lots of single males and females (all Saudis) and it’s a mixed office so we get to hang around in office and outside. It is generally very conservative and there is the constant threat of the Hayya (Saudi religious police) if you are seen in an appropriate (by their standards) situation. The safest bet in such cases is to live in a compound if you can find one.

I hope that answers some of your questions. If you do decide to move to Jeddah, get in touch with us and we can take you under our wing. Can’t promise the wine, but can guarantee good company.

The Colossal List of Compounds in Jeddah

Since my previous two lists, the The Smart List of Jeddah International Schools and The Monster List of Playgroups, Preschools and Nurseries have been so well-received, I thought a listing of compounds in Jeddah should be next to aid those looking for accommodation in Jeddah. I have tried to give you links to websites or Facebook pages where possible to keep this page simple and easy to navigate. The housing list below is by no means exhaustive and I’ll be continuously updating it, so if you live in a compound, or have heard of a compound that is not listed here, please do drop me a line and I’ll add it in. Although it can be exhausting, I try my utmost to reply to each and every email I receive. You can also leave a comment and let readers know about the compound YOU live in. Do you like it? Is it good value for money? or has it not reached your expectations? Would you recommend it to others?

Abdullah Compound

Tel:652 2358/ 651 5416

Abir Compound

Tel: 652 2358/651 5416 ext 7759

Al Andalus Luxury Villas

Location: Tahlia St.

Tel :6695154

Al Aoun Village Al Gandool Compound Al Hajrayn Village

Location: Malek Rd.

Tel :6697220

Al Basateen Village Al Deyafa Compound Al Hamra Villas

Al Hamra District

Tel :6630180

Al Rumaih Compound

Opposite Floating Mosque

Tel: 699 1259 or 699 1231 ext 300

Al Salam Compound

Location: Al Rehab District

Tel: 671 7121

Al Saraya Compound

Location: Behind Tahlia Street

Tel: 663 7047 / 665 7566

Amoudia Compound

Arabian Homes Compound

Assaf Compound

Azzam Compound

Belleview Compounds I, II and III

Bin Hamad Compound

Binzagr Compound

Tel: 667 2064 Ext 111

Diamond Compound Dive Village

Tel: 6561980

Divona Compound

Tel: 0563390816

Elite 2

Location: Al Rawdah District

Tel: 661 0930

Elite 3

Tel: 2831666

Fatma Compound

Location: Intersection of Malek Road and Sari Street

Tel: 652 2358/ 651 5416

Flowers Compound Garden City Compound

Location: Intersection of Madinah Road and Falasteen Street

Tel: 660 7590

Hiba Compound

Location: Al Hamra District

Tel:665 0819

Kindi Housing Compound

Location: Sitteen Street

Tel: 691 0884

Lily’s Compound

Location: Al Rawdah District (behind Meridien Hotel)

Lotus Compound

Location: Al Hamra District

Lotus Compound II

Location: Al Naeem District

Lotus Compound IV M & M Compound (Al Meem Compound)

Location: North of Obhur

Montoro Compound Mosly Residential Complex

Tel: 691 0683

Mura Bustan Compound Nada Village

Location: Near Sharbatly Village

Tel: 692 0099 Ext 293

Nueve Andalucia

Location: Behind Sari Street

Tel: 682 3434

Oasis 1 Compound

Location: Prince Abdullah Street

Tel 660 7590

Oasis 2 Compound

Location: Prince Sultan Street

Tel:660 7590

Oasis 3 Compound Orchidia Compound

Residential compound with 10 units split into 20 villas. Complete with open-air swimming pool, basketball & soccer court, recreation lounge and indoor gym. Coordinates:   21°33’39″N   39°10’4″E

Location: Rawdah District (behind Meridien Hotel)

Rahma Compound

Location: Al Naeem District

Rania Compound

Tel: 660 7103

Rawdah Compound Raytheon Compound

Tel: 6915380

Reem Compound

Tel 682 9195

Rose Village Compound

Location: North Obhur

Tel: 6562501

Salmia Compound

Location: Near Makkah-Madina Highway

Tel: 640 0253

Sari Palms Compound Saudia City Compound

Location: Al Khalidiya District

Tel: 682 0030 ext 4353

Shaker Village

Tel: 694 1129 Ext 401

Siham Compound

Location: Near Prince Abdullah Street

Tel: 644 0844

Sharbatly Village Sunset Village

Tel: 654 9533

Bates Students Come to Saudi Arabia: Host Families Needed

For those living in Jeddah, would you like to host a college student from the USA? Do you want to show foreign students what living in a Saudi home really feels like and what makes it so special? Then here’s your chance.

Leena Nasser and Nora Al Dhuwaihi are arranging for 16 students studying Anthropology in the US to visit Saudi Arabia during May as part of a Study Abroad Programme called Bates Students Come to Saudi Arabia. The students will be visiting Riyadh, Khobar and Jeddah to observe and learn about a variety of topics, such as Saudi culture, modern history, economic change and development, education, health care, women’s issues, expatriates, social services, the environment and much more.

For their duration of their stay in Jeddah the organizers are looking for Host Families to generously open their homes to one or two students (according to their preferred gender) to allow them to experience the simplicity and hospitality of Saudi families. This is a great opportunity for the youth to take part in really helping to construct a positive image of Saudi Arabia.

The Study Abroad Programme

16 Bates College students are going to be flying into Jeddah for a week in May 2012 on an academic trip to learn about Saudi Arabia under the lens of anthropology. They are looking forward to experiencing living in a Saudi home and learning first-hand about the Saudi culture and more importantly people! These students are a group of intellectuals who are art, history, politics, anthropology and environment majors.

The students will be in Jeddah for one week from Saturday May 12, 2012 to Saturday May 19, 2012. In wanting outsiders to engage in an unforgettable, meaningful and deep experience in Jeddah, the organizers thought that there is really no better way, than for them to actually experience living with a hospitable family that understands and lives the culture inside out. If YOU would like to host one of these wonderful students and take part in fostering this academic venture of building respect and understanding between two very different cultures, than please email Leena or Nora at or with the following information:

  • Your name.
  • Why you are interested in hosting a student.
  • The number of members in your family.
  • Occupation.
  • Address in Jeddah.
  • Student preference, ie whether you would like to host a male or female student, and how many students you would like to host.

Their only requirement, is that you provide transportation for the student to be dropped off early in the morning at the meeting destination, and picked up at night at that same destination.

You can follow the programme on Twitter @Bates2Saudi

– Sabaa Ali

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