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Old 29th May 2016, 10:09
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You leave on a EXIT visa rather than a EXIT/RE-ENTRY visa, so the immigration with stamp EXIT in your passport. If you want to prove that you left then it would be a good idea to print a copy of your visa from evisa.sa

I hope that you find the sand is less brown in the east.
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Old 30th May 2016, 16:46
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Base of Riyadh is the talk after training.
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Old 30th May 2016, 17:29
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flightfaa- Does that apply to any particular aircraft or is it all fleets?
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Old 30th May 2016, 19:33
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The A330 as Im aware, not to sure about the rest.
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Old 30th May 2016, 22:19
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Big base wanted for A320 and smaller B777 one.
Not sure if new recruit contracts are to be there but I know some contract renewals are.
It changes daily anyway

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Old 31st May 2016, 04:14
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Chocks- I think you're right about the contract renewals.


It may change daily but the compound in Riyadh exists therefore it's going to happen.


Forget the block of 10 though, that will never happen.
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 06:03
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Do you guys talking about forced relocation to Riyadh at contract renewal?
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 08:59
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I don't think that any Jeddah based line Captain will be forced. I do think that new hires and people who don't yet have their star or people changing fleet will just be told that the base is now Riyadh. It will be told diplomatically to them by their fleet supervisor, like he his no choice it comes from above him. It will happen though, they want the Riyadh base now as soon as possible, the accommodation is in place.
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Old 3rd Jun 2016, 19:27
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SaudiaA330 captains

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I don't think that any Jeddah based line Captain will be forced. I do think that new hires and people who don't yet have their star or people changing fleet will just be told that the base is now Riyadh. It will be told diplomatically to them by their fleet supervisor, like he his no choice it comes from above him. It will happen though, they want the Riyadh base now as soon as possible, the accommodation is in place.
Captains that are currently flying the line an the 330, I know that you get 5 days block of days off but can you easily make it around 10 days off block with swaps ?
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Old 3rd Jun 2016, 21:08
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Expats taxed in Saudi Arabia?

http://www.arabnews.com/node/933946/saudi-arabia

JEDDAH: The Shoura Council’s finance committee is backing a proposed tax on the remittances of expats, starting from 6 percent in the first year and gradually reducing to 2 percent permanently from the fifth year onward.
The tax proposal was drafted by Hossam Al-Anqari, head of the General Auditing Bureau and former member of the Shoura, who said this would be a way to force expats to invest or spend their money in the Kingdom.
The tax would be on all money transfers by expats, with the collection being done through financial institutions in the country, and deposited in a special government account, according to a media report on Thursday.
There would also be limits on the amount that an expat can send abroad at any given time. There would also be limit on what expats can transfer abroad if they leave the country. The amounts that would be allowed abroad would be calculated in terms of the income of expats.
There would also be several measures introduced to prevent tax evasion and penalize those who fail to comply, and resolve disputes. The fines would be equal to the tax levied for the first offense and doubled for every repeat violation. Citizens found submitting fake statements of salaries, or transferring money on behalf of workers would also be fined.
The finance committee stated that measures must be taken to tax expats so that the country can gain more income. The committee’s statement comes as annual remittances reportedly rose from SR56 billion in 2005 to over SR135 billion in 2014.
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Old 3rd Jun 2016, 22:12
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Buswind: If you look back through this thread you will see that your question has been asked on multiple occasions. The answer is that Saudia is NOT a commuting contract. If you come here believing that it could be and have family that you need to get back home to see then you will be very disappointed. The training is a long process and during that time you'll have very little opportunity to go home and then you think there is light at the end of the tunnel then there isn't. You finish training and they schedule you to fly the next day and your into the routine of getting 5 block days free of duty. You can be scheduled to midnight on the day before and scheduled from 0100 on the day after. On a busy fleet like the A330 that will happen. Swaps may be possible but don't count on it, they will only give you one extra day anyway if they do happen.


To be positive, if you and your family chose to come and live in Saudi Arabia then this is not a bad Job.
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Old 4th Jun 2016, 14:44
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Perhaps a bit off the current discussion subject, just for info what kind of routes the A330 does, what destinations and what would be the routings for the A330-300 regional ? Thank you.
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Old 4th Jun 2016, 15:14
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soft Altitude:


The Answer is:
Domestic
North Africa
India
Pakistan
Istanbul
Munich
Manchester
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Old 4th Jun 2016, 22:40
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Originally Posted by polax52 View Post


To be positive, if you and your family chose to come and live in Saudi Arabia then this is not a bad Job.
Polax,
Would that sentiment translate across all fleets? Even the 320?
Tks.
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Old 5th Jun 2016, 01:43
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Originally Posted by polax52 View Post
soft Altitude:


The Answer is:
Domestic
North Africa
India
Pakistan
Istanbul
Munich
Manchester
Polax Manchester is served. By the 787 (used to be 777). Munich will be served by the 320. Maybe Geneva for the summer time will go on the 330. The onlyinternational lay overs for the 330 are Tunid and all the destinations to India with the exception of BOM and DEL (777 destinations)

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Old 5th Jun 2016, 05:20
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igig- I think it's pretty accurate to say that if you're not trying to commute this job, then it isn't too bad.


The problem I have is with people who take the job, knowing full well that it is not a commutable job and then make everybody else miserable with endless complaining.
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 10:30
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Riyadh base is open from this month.
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Old 7th Jun 2016, 17:03
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And the Sahara hotel is closing for renovations, roll on the Holiday Inn
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Old 16th Jun 2016, 15:15
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word on the block is the 330 R might not come after all,.
taken with a grain of salt but any one wanna chime if it true....

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Old 16th Jun 2016, 19:56
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Originally Posted by flightfaa View Post
word on the block is the 330 R might not come after all,.
taken with a grain of salt but any one wanna chime if it true....

thx
I'll tell you more: even existing 330s are heading to one of the African companies next year. 330 pilots will be transferred to 747 classic, which Saudia is bringing back from the desert and to E170, which is not retiring any more. By seniority. Interesting times ahead

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