In July 2014, we asked one of our recruits to discuss his life as a single guy in Riyadh. I am in my early 40s and currently working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Most of my friends don’t think I am an introvert; yet, sometimes I think I am. They are here from somewhere else so everyone is very nice and easy to talk to. Actually, this is my second contract working in Saudi Arabia.
I have been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 15 years and am amazed at the opportunities my career has given me. My first contract was 13 years ago at the King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh.
So what are some of the biggest cultural differences you should expect to encounter? So a woman who doesn’t abide by this rule is often seen a a woman who has no respect for herself by an Arab man’s standards.
When I think about dating in the digital world, the Middle East isn't the first thing coming to mind. By entering a phone number you could learn someone's full name, see comments left on their account, and maybe get a link to their Facebook page.
But in pursuit of love, oppressed Saudis -- especially men -- are desperately using mobile apps to try to find a date (or spouse? One such app is Caller Smart, an i Phone service providing caller I. It was the the user comments that caught Arabic speakers using the app romantically. We ran those comments through Google Translate and they seemed to be harmless flirting. You are pretty,' type of stuff." Caller Smart's founder Brian Crane told me in an email.
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