Single woman travelling to Saudi Arabia and UAE - regulations?

edited April 2009 in Middle East
i would like to visit Riyadh Saudi Arabia this year and i would like to find out what to expect while traveling on my own is it allowable for a woman to do this and where could i stay if any one has any advise i would be most grateful
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  • edited April 2009
    Hi - have you seen our expat guide to Saudi - got some information on travelling there as a woman:

    http://www.expatarrivals.com/content/moving-saudi-arabia
  • edited 3:11PM
    Dear Lesleena,
    a women alone is not allowed to enter KSA, u have to have a male immediate relative.
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    My fiance is leaving for Riyadh. Are there flirt girls there in Riyadh?
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    Hello Milan what do u mean is there any "Flirt girls " in Riyadh
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    flirty girls mean girls who make lust things with men...
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    Malen - yes, there are plenty of prostitutes in Riyadh. Mostly women from eastern Europe and Russia.
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    sergio I had no idea there were prostitutes in Riyadh ! how can they stay in Riyadh don't they have to have a relative or husband to stay in the country. i can't get into the country because i don't have a male relative to get in there ??? I would like to know more if u wouldn't mind because I want to go there
  • edited 3:11PM
    These girls are brought in by bad people in government for the specific purpose of working as hookers. The Arabs in Saudi can be very hypocritical - on the outside they are good muslims, but many like to drink booze and use hookers. Is it not the same all over the world? So why should it be any different there..
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    Thank you for ur comment i learn something new every day
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    Sergio, how did you know about all these things about prostitutes in Riyadh?
    I thought the laws in those Arab countries, particularly laws concerning women are very brute..
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    Laws are one thing ... enforcement another.
    Malen my friend - you are right - the laws regarding womens behaviour is very strict indeed. And prostitution is still very illegal. But it still exists, because it provides a purpose and fulfils a need.

    The hookers are not street walkers, and not always obvious, and there are not nearly as many as in most big cities. But there are still hookers, run by taxi drivers and pimps, filipino or thai women serving the manual labourers and workers, or more upmarket russian/ east european women serving the expats or saudi market.
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    I am truly amazed to have such response from every one thank u for ur enlightenment on this subject especially u Sergio do u live in Riyadh ?
  • edited 3:11PM
    I don't live there, but I researched this place for an article I wrote. My advice if you want on-the-ground info is to visit the bulletin boards of expats living in riyadh and ask your quesitons there.
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    How about the issue that men are also being raped there by the Arabs? Is that true?
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    Can anyone help me pls? I am a married British woman, intending to travel to Dubai on my own to meet a friend who lives in Saudi. After reading some of the above, I am a little unsure as to whether I am ok to travel alone. I am assuming I will be allowed entry. Can anyone advise please??

    Thanks

    Anne
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    My fiance lives in a western compound in a 2 bed flat - i want to go visit but we are getting conflicting storeis - would I be allowed to travel to saudi as a tourist and stay with im for a week or is this not allowed???
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    Women are not allowed to travel alone in Riyadh. You should be accompanied by an immediate male relative, Anne..
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    Thank you. I am being met at Dubai airport, so I am hoping I will be okay!
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    I'm a western expat, lived in Riyadh for 5 years (now living in Jeddah). No one can even get on an airplane heading to Saudi Arabia without the appropriate visa stamped in your passport. You will be turned away by the airline. Should you by chance get on the plane, you will be turned around by Saudi customs they minute they don't find the visa, if you are lucky, if you are not lucky, you will spend a great deal of time trapped in the airport (with few amenities I might add) until they sort it out - then you will be turfed out of the country.
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    hey, anyone who knows about the culture and the way of life in Al khubar? Are men not allowed to talk to women., or else they will be arrested? How true is that? Thank you.
  • edited 3:11PM
    I would suggest you stay at the women's only hotel in Riyadh the Luthan Spa. It is very good and not as expensive as the big chains
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    Can someone guide for the culture for someone to work for say 2 years. I have got an oppurtunity to work there. Is it a decent place to live in and is there any racism of not being a muslim
  • edited 3:11PM
    @Amit
    If you just consider moving to Saudi for temporary work please do keep the following in mind.
    - Expect Saudis (or Arabs in general) treating you based on your nationality at the outset and your success depends mainly on how quickly you make your mind up to fit within a different work culture and environment. (It’s not just the output or quality of your work that matters!)

    - UK & US citizens command better salaries, even better than locals (historic reason being - OIL & weapons :)

    - Work place won’t be as exciting; Arabs are considered lazy gooses, but they make people work hard, depends on who/how your immediate boss is. Bear in mind that you will have at least 2 bosses, and one or the other is most likely to be a lazy Arab who thinks he is 'overseeing' the shoulder of the other non-Arab boss without any clue on what’s going around him.

    - If you are single (since I was) , social life or quality friends networking is almost 'nil' within Riyadh (better drive to Bahrain on weekends if you see what I mean)

    3 years ago I was excited when I got hired to work with such a very lucrative day rate. I am a UK citizen and I went there due to my specialist IT skills after having worked in the UK for 5 years (by the way I am born, raised and studied in India ).
    I wouldn't return to Saudi now because I have a family now and my wife and baby enjoys a better home here :-) and of course thanks goes to all the tax free Saudi Riyals :-).
    Bottom line is, KSA is extremely family-unfriendly for foreigners, so if you are single jump in for the money if you are with family think twice !

    Hope this helps.
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    hi, does anyone in riyadh knows about the soccer game showing at the south african embassy tonight?
  • edited 3:11PM
    Hi, my fiance is in Riyadh and I'm planning to visit him in December. My daughter and her baby will join us, as my son in law is also in Riyadh. Will that be possible?
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    Hi
    Can I just say, I posted an entry early on last month about travelling to Dubai as a lone female traveller and was given quite a mixed reply. However, I flew from the UK as a British citizen to Dubai. My passport was stamped with a visitor's visa, free of charge and I had no problems whatsoever. In fact the people at the airport were very courteous and polite. I was met at the airport by a friend and left without a hitch. Had a fantastic time in Dubai, despite the heat and humidity.
    Thanks to all to helped.
    Anne
  • edited 3:11PM
    Hi Anne, thanks for the feedback. However, entering Dubai as a single woman is quite different to entering Saudi. I would be interested to hear from any women that have attempted to travel to Saudi Arabia alone and unaccompanied.
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    david f: i am going to riyadh in sept. 09 on a business visa. unaccompanied. i expect zero problems, but will keep everyone posted.
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    Thanks ann for ur comment on going to Dubai I am about to head off there next week and i am really looking forward to it any thing u can suggest for me ? i will be traveling on my own also thanks lesleena
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