Hofuf is a much larger city then I thought. It is larger then Khobar. It is a very nice city. They have some beautiful minarets. They have a Bedouin souk, and a new souk area as well. They have restored a palace as well as a primary school for tourism. Both are very nice!
Saudi Arabia is in the process of renovating and restoring their historic sites. They are doing an amazing job! They have artifacts and signs telling what everything is. They allow you to touch everything and fully imagine how things were. Some of the old pictures they had were just amazing to see. It is worth seeing!
We were able to visit the Nada Dairy Farm. Nada is one of the largest dairy producers in Saudi Arabia. They have an amazing facility!!! It is huge, well run, and so clean!! It was very cool to see how they produce all the milk, juice boxes, and so forth.
If you have the thought like I did that its a desert over here so why bother bring an umbrella and coat rethink your decision. It is currently 52 degrees and raining!! Yes that's right it feels like Portland or Seattle not Saudi Arabia! In fact a good portion of the Saudi schools closed today because of the weather. The Dhahran Aramco schools were open. Here is the article from the Arab News about the school closures.
Schools in some areas closed after Met warning for Tuesday
Motorists drive gingerly during a drizzle on a Buraidah road on Monday. Other parts of the Kingdom, including Jeddah, also experienced moderate rain. (SPA)
By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS
Published: Nov 29, 2011 01:49 Updated: Nov 29, 2011 01:51
RIYADH: The Ministry of Education has declared a holiday on Tuesday for all schools in Riyadh, Qassim, Hail and in the Eastern Province.
The ministry issued the directive as a precautionary measure following Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection (PME) projections of expected inclement weather conditions in these areas from Monday night.
The decision was taken following reports and warnings from the PME that thunderstorms and heavy rains were expected in these regions during the next 24 hours from Monday night, said Ministry of Education spokesman Mohammed Saad Al-Dukhaini.
Al-Dukhaini added that the notice of closure was being issued only to schools in these four regions and applied to students, teachers and administrative staff.
Mosaed Al-Mujahid, the ministry’s supervisor of foreign and community schools in Riyadh, told Arab News that the ministry took the decision to stop students and teachers having to commute to schools in potentially hazardous conditions. However, he added that schools would reopen on Wednesday.
The International Indian School in Dammam (IISD) Principal Mohammad Shaffe said following the directive from the government they immediately decided to close the school on Tuesday. The school has notified parents.
A spokesman from the PME in Jeddah said heavy rains and strong winds of up to 45 km per hour were expected in Riyadh, Qassim, Hail and in the Eastern Province.
Housing styles are one thing I have been ask a lot about. Here is what I have put together. The modular's are all in main camp the townhomes and adobe's are in the hills. Bachelor housing sprinkled throughout. To see the furniture supplied on arrival look at the following post. Arrival Furniture
Halloween is not officially celebrated off camp but it is a big deal on them! Saudi's come in from the surround communities to trick or treat and hang out. Here are some of the scenes from Halloween on the Dhahran Compound.
Security blocking off streets
Dressed as Saudi soldiers!
Block Party Atmosphere. There had to be at least 3000 there! They were as far as you could see.