How miserable is it to work brutal hours in Saudi 3-5 days a week?

Is it worth the compensation?

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Well, to start off, the schedule is more like 2 weeks at a time right now because of testing requirements. And that’s mostly not worth it to me.

But during the days of regular travel, the “in Saudi” part didn’t make much of a difference because the hours are so bad anyway. You’re really just going from hotel to client site back to hotel, with a few exceptions. It’s not like the Ritz is a bad home away from home, though, and on nights you get out, there are a few good restaurants for (non-alcoholic) team dinners, some people go to outside gyms/trainers, and I’ve also gone shopping at the malls or to get my nails done. Riyadh is not much different than other places I’ve been staffed in the region - except for wearing an abaya, limited in-hotel gym & spa offerings for women, lack of alcohol (apart from compounds/embassies), and not having access to natural outdoors recreation (like the beach). Note: I’ve not been staffed in Jeddah or Dammam so it’s possible you’d at least get the latter there.

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A top strategy shop in Dubai, but I’m going to keep it confidential for a couple reasons:
1. Just in case there’s any competitive sensitivity around sharing this info
2. So as not to give your firms a benchmark to green light them doing the same to you all

To be clear, we’re hardly back to all feet on the ground, but little by little, we’ve started sending project teams back.

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A1 appreciate your reason no.2 <3 :D

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