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By googling I have found all different types of resident places
but can't discriminate which are safe or for foreigners.
hear I am needing help of Experts.
since my husband might come late often so the safety comes first.

1. Hope to know all the names of camps in yabu for foreigners.(EX. the cove or Royal commission ect.#
2. and their neighbor nationalities.#EX. Britich and American live most or non English speaker lives most#
2. rage of their rent rates, payment type, and min. contract year#EX. submitting 4 bank checks per year or per monthly)

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1. Hope to know all the names of camps in yabu for foreigners.(EX. the cove or Royal commission ect.#
2. and their neighbor nationalities.#EX. Britich and American live most or non English speaker lives most#
2. rage of their rent rates, payment type, and min. contract year#EX. submitting 4 bank checks per year or per monthly)

All of the expats that I know who are living in Yanbu are living in company paid housing, be that in one of the camps in the RC or in a compound.  I can give you generalities, but specifics here are difficult.  I suspect that is because everyone here makes their own deals, the companies get discounts because they rent lots of units.  Individuals, well, I suppose it depends upon who you know.

The camps are mostly in the RC, all reasonably safe and a mix of all kinds of expats.  I don't know anyone actually paying rent to live in a camp.

The Cove is the newest compound.  Beautiful new villas and apartments, huge pool and its own beach as well as rec center, shop, and restaurant.  I believe someone told me that apartments there star at around 150,000 SAR/year.  I've no idea how that is paid.

Arabian homes has similar amenities but everything is a bit older.  I think a two bedroom apartment starts at 130,000 SAR/year.

Security at the compounds is on par with an embassy.  A walled compound and armed guards at the perimeter.

A friend of mine and his family rented a 5 bedroom home plus maid's quarters in the RC a year ago, they were paying about 90,000 SAR/year.  They were surrounded by Saudi's who lived such different hours, it just didn't work out in the end.

Many of our Indian and Pakistani kids live in 3 and 4 bedroom apartments in the RC.  Because there are just so many Indian and Pakistani families in Yanbu, I suspect wherever you live, there are a few around (even in the compounds).  As some companies tend to hire one nationality preferentially, I suspect that means that there may be Camps out there that have a larger group of one nationality than another, but that kind of thing can change from year to year.

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All kinds of issues dealing with children transitioning to Saudi Arabia (specifically Yanbu and Jubail). This is particularly the case if your moving from the US. Can I find special ed. services in Yanbu? How do my child's High School credits transfer from or to an American or Canadian school? What kinds of activities are available either independently our through schools in the Yanbu/Jubail area? What are the schools like in Yanbu and Jubail?

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My wife and I have spent the last four years in Saudi, three years in Jubail and one in Yanbu. We both work for the International Schools Group. I'm a counselor/vice-principal and my wife is a teacher. We've worked abroad now for 8 years, spending four years in Taskent, Uzbekistan before coming here. However, as I'm part of ISG, I have access to a vast range of experiences and knowledge. ISG has several hundred employees in seven campuses, if I don't know the answer about something educational, I can find somebody who does.

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National Education Association(NEA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of School Counselors (NASC)

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Bachelor degree in Elementary education-Licensed in Kansas to teach math, reading, science, elementary counseling and secondary counseling (12 years experience in the US), Masters Degree in Counseling, Certified Professional Counselor (Kansas Licensed), currently working on an administrative degree. My Wife-- bachelor early childhood special ed., Masters in Early Childhood Education, Masters in Early Childhood Special ed. 8 years working in early childhood Special ed in the US-- We both have course work in ESL, enough for a license endorsement, but we've not actually done it

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