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Welcome to the Middle East District.  Our mission is to deliver high quality engineering solutions for our allies and our Nation throughout the Middle East. Whether you are joining us at our headquarters in Winchester, Virginia or at one of our forward locations in the Middle East, know that you are a valued member of our team. Whether you are new to the federal government or joining us from another agency, let us know if there's anything we can do to make your transition easier. Thank you for joining us. I hope you will find this page useful in helping with the on board process.

                                                                          STEPHEN H. BALES

                                                                          COL, EN

                                                                          Commander

OUR VISION: Engineering solutions for the Nation's toughest challenges.

OUR MISSION: TAM provides design, construction, execution and related engineering and reach-back services to mission partners across the USCENTCOM AOR in order to enable regional security, stability, and prosperity; on order, provides support to contingency operations.

OUR FOUNDATION: A professional team rooted in the Army Values, reinforced by Trust, Dignity, and Respect throughout and dedicated to our mission and the organization.  


COMMANDER'S PRIORITIES FOR TEAM TAM

Team of professionals dedicated to team work, open and transparent communications, constructive dialogue, who seek and receive development and training, and who exhibit pride in their jobs and the organization

Execute by delivering quality programs, projects, and services on time and on budget

Add value as a mission partner by providing timely, responsive, and agile solutions to enable mission execution while remaining engaged in professional dialogue with our mission partners.

Make continuous improvements in our processes, data quality, communications, and knowledge management in order to continually evolve as a world class organization.

Bahrain

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The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small Arab monarchy in the Persian Gulf. It is an island country Bahrainconsisting of a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. It is connected to Saudi Arabia via the 25 km (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway.  The population of Bahrain is 1,234,567 (c. 2010), including 666,172 non-nationals. It is 780 km2 in size, making it the third smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presently, USACE personnel in Bahrain who are stationed to support Naval Support Activity - Bahrain (NSA - Bahrain) and the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) at Sheik ISA Base stay on the Economy in and around Manama and stay in Villa's and Apartments.

Since the Field Office falls under CENTCOM and not under the US Embassy, USACE Field personnel are authorized and receive a Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) which is the cover the reasonable cost of rent, and utilities. One note is that new employees may want to request an advance when they start the Winchester in-processing as the rental agreements require the first month’s rent upfront and those expenses can run about $4,000.Apartment complex

Renting apartments or villas for this tour are administered under the NSA - Bahrain Housing Office. There is the standard military clause should a lease need to be broken. LQA is based on your grade and whether you are accompanied or unaccompanied. Most villas and apartments that are available through the NSA - Bahrain Housing Office are fully furnished.

Most unaccompanied personnel live in villas or apartments that consist of 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, full kitchen, dining room, washer / dryer in apartment.

Accompanied personnel usually have villas or apartments which consist of 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, living room, full kitchen, dining room, laundry room.

 

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There is a DOD school immediately outside NSA - Bahrain for grades Kindergarten through grade 12.

There are other English schools in the Manama area.

Also on NSA - Bahrain, there is a child day care center.

On NSA - Bahrain, although there is a Medical and Dental Clinic. For life-threatening emergencies, you would go to medical facilities off base. The quality of care is as equivalent as services provided in the United States. Medical procedures and treatment off base are on a reimbursable basis.

For a tour in Bahrain, you will be authorized on your orders to ship your POV to Bahrain and you will need to have a current Stateside drivers license. There are no restrictions for females to drive in Bahrain.

There is basic cable available that has approximately 50 channels and many are English language channels.  AFN Channels can be accessed with a disc and decoder that can be purchased from the Naval Exchange (NEX) on NSA - Bahrain. Internet service can be purchased through AAFES or outside vendors.

There is a food court with several fast food and ala-carte vendors on NSA - Bahrain, there is a large community complex (called the NEX). There are also coffee shops and an ice cream shop.

There are two clubs for after hours entertainment and each has a bar that can serve beer, wine and hard drinks for consumption. There is an excellent gym facility with different weights rooms, exercising equipment, basketball and racquetball courts, sauna, steam room, special purpose rooms. 

Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) also has space inside for information, tickets, trips and tours for the local area, internet café, rock climbing space, GNC store, car / motorcycle dealer.

Also on NSA - Bahrain, there is a library, bowling alley, baseball/softball fields and other places for eating and socializing.

There are numerous restaurants throughout Manama and the surrounding areas and the choices are endless for American, local and international eateries.

On NSA - Bahrain, there is a large community complex (called the NEX) that has a small commissary, medium size Base Exchange, Post Office, Class VI store, two Movie Theaters, large multipurpose room, Souvenir and Gift shops / kiosks, Navy Federal Credit Union, coin operated washer and dryers, dry cleaning and alteration services, and a clothing sales store (for military clothing).

There are numerous malls and shopping opportunities in Manama and since you are on the water, there are also various water related activities you can be active with.

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Egypt

            Egypt, (pronounced ‘Misr’ in Arabic) occupies the northeastern corner of Africa and is connected to Asia by the Sinai Peninsula. FACTBOOK MAP OF EGYPTEgypt is bordered by Libya on the west, Sudan on the south, the Red Sea on the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. Egypt has a surface area of 386,662 square miles, approximately the same size as the state of Texas. Cairo, Egypt’s capital city is the meeting place of Africa and the Arab world and the political, cultural and economic center of Egypt.

The Nile River runs through Egypt from south to north for a distance of more than 1,200 km from Wadi Halfa on the Sudanese border to Cairo. At Cairo it divides into two main branches, with Rosetta to the west and Damietta to the east. These two branches and the land surrounding them form the delta. The delta area from Cairo north to the Mediterranean Sea is Lower Egypt, while the Nile valley south of Cairo to the Sudanese border is Upper Egypt. Most of Egypt is dry and arid desert, dotted with several inhabited oases. Rainfall ranges from none in the desert and the areas south of Cairo to about eight inches in the delta annually. 

Egypt is a little less than half the size of Mexico, or just larger than the U.S. states of Texas and New Mexico combined. Most of Egypt is dry and arid desert, spotted with small, inhabited oases. Part of the Sahara Desert (also called the Western Desert) is in southwestern Egypt. Flag of Egypt

HOUSING

You will be provided an apartment by the Embassy Housing Office. The apartment will be based on your family size and the available apartments when you arrive.

Egyptians call the Ground floor the Ground floor and the first floor is the one flight of stairs up from the ground floor.  Generally, it is better to be in higher floors to get away from the street noise, depending on location of the apartment.

There is a combination of electric and gas appliances in the kitchen. If the power gpes out, the gas stove still works. The apartments all have emergency lighting fixtures.

The residence will come with furniture, window coverings, large kitchen appliances and area rugs. The telephones will be there too, but you will have to pay for the phone service.  Most apartments do not have central heating and cooling.  Typically, each room will have a split unit(s) for cooling and heating.  You will receive a welcome kit upon arrival with an inventory of sheets, blankets, dishes, and smaller kitchen appliances.  You are expected to return the welcome kit items within about 90 days when your household goods (HHG) arrive.

In Egypt power is 220V.  Your apartment will include two or three transformers to convert 220V to 110V.  No problem to use converters if you bring 110 V appliances.  Keep in mind the converter will have outlets for up to 2 small appliances at a time.  

You will be authorized a shipment of Household Goods and Unaccompanied Baggage.   Ask for a furniture inventory to confirm if you want to include any furniture items in your shipment.  Some people have included computer chairs and even tread mills.  Watch out for the weight limit you are given.  For kitchen, as indicated, smaller appliances, dishes, pots/pans, and silverware are typical.  You can buy anything you didn’t ship.

Employing Household Help In Egypt

Most newcomers who plan on hiring household help have a myriad of questions relating to hiring, firing, salary, leave and so on. The information below attempts to answer the most frequently asked questions. How Much Should I Pay? Should I Hire An Egyptian Or A Foreign Worker? An Egyptian housekeeper working for foreigners makes more than many professionals in Egypt earn. (Check with CLO for current rates). For this salary you can expect them to work hard, do heavy cleaning, carry groceries, and so on. They will also prove invaluable regarding the best prices, shops and services. Typically they receive their salary at the end of each month.

In addition Egyptian housekeepers expect to receive two holiday bonuses: one month’s salary to be split between Ramadan (paid at the beginning of the month) and Eid El-Adha (paid before the feast day for grocery shopping). This is customary but not regulated under law. Set expectations at the time of employment (what you will/will not pay). It is a nice gesture to find out their birthdays and give a nice personal gift then, too. Usually a full-time worker gets at least one day off per week, often two, plus a vacation time of two to three weeks annually.

It is also possible to find either an Egyptian or foreign worker to clean your apartment on a part-time basis. Establish terms of work hours, holidays, bonuses, etc. at the beginning of your work relationship.

Many foreigners hire foreign domestic help, usually Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Indians, or Ethiopians. Foreign domestic workers, particularly Filipinos and Sri Lankans, get much higher salaries, plus round-trip airfare home for a visit after two years at most. Not all will speak English well. Some people do have live-in help, but this is more difficult to find.

Do Housekeepers Do Everything?

Cooking and ironing duties should be discussed prior to hiring your household help, as it is not a given that a housekeeper will cook or iron. Some people hire cooks, generally on a part-time basis (one or two days per week), costing between $10 and $30 per day. Many people hire an ironing man to do all of their ironing once per week, allowing their household help to devote more time to their other duties. The cost for ironing is approximately $4 per hour.

Some housekeepers will also babysit or work as nannies; this type of help can also be hired separately. Au pairs are very rare in Cairo.

How Do I Find Domestic Help?

Finding domestic help in Cairo is usually not difficult. The Embassy’s weekly newsletter, The Niler, has a section called Niler Readers Recommend in which Mission members can post recommendations for all kinds of businesses and services. Almost every issue includes domestic help recommendations. You may also place a Wanted classified ad in The Niler, specifying your requirements. Be prepared to answer calls from non-English speaking candidates, even if you specify English-speaking only in the ad. To place an ad in The Niler, email it to the editor at nilercx@state.gov.

In addition, the Maadi Messenger newsletter, published by the Maadi Community Church, contains a listing of people looking for work as housekeepers, houseboys, drivers, and cooks. At CSA (Community Services Association) in Maadi and at the Women’s Association in Zamalek, there are bulletin boards for seekers and offers of jobs. Another good way of finding household help is to just ask around. Everyone is happy to help you.

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Elementary & High Schools

Cairo offers parents many choices for their school-age children. However, there are limited resources available for students with special needs. Any family with special needs students should contact the RMO/P in Cairo to see if there are suitable options.

By far, most mission children attend the Cairo American College (CAC), which is located in Maadi. The school has a great academic record and many extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, the school is a center for the Maadi Community. However CAC is not for everyone. Below is a list of all the schools the CLO office recommends.

 

American International School In Egypt (AISE)

Location: New Cairo City (Katameya)

Address:

American International School in Egypt

New Cairo City South Police Academy

Telephone: 2618-8400

Fax: 2617-4002

Website: http://www.aisegypt.com

Director: Mark Lenz

Email: MLentz@aisegypt.com Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

 

Founded in 1990, AISE developed rapidly into an educational organization which received tangible evidence of recognition. The present enrollment is 1,500 students and growth is anticipated. The curriculum is based on Virginia Standards. AISE is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World

School offering an IB Diploma. The school operates according to a strategic plan developed by specialists with the involvement of administration and faculty.

The school possesses a fleet of 50 new air-conditioned busses. A summer school is operated offering an enriching program for students who need to improve their English language skills. Also, a special program is offered in association with a stateside education organization that enables students to take make-up courses and obtain credits.  

At the elementary school, a Tutorial Center is maintained, assisting students who experience academic difficulty and some learning problems. Health services are available at all times and provided by experienced nurses and doctors. AISE is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The British International School, Cairo (BISC)

Location: Beverly Hills Compound

The British International School, Cairo

Telephone: 3827-0444

Fax: 3857-1720

Email: info@bisc.edu.eg

Website: http://www.bisc.edu.eg

Chief School Administrator: Mr. Simon O‘Grady, Principal

Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 12

The British International School in Cairo is a selective, co-educational, academic day school committed to excellence in all of its activities in and out of the classroom. It aims to be a first-class school in which children are prepared to go on to the best local, regional and international universities and institutions of higher education and to positions of leadership in all walks of life. BISC provides a challenging and stimulating environment in which English-speaking students from diverse international backgrounds benefit from an education which is British in its principles, practices, curricular structures and assessment. At BISC all students are valued equally and encouraged to fulfill their aspirations and potential.

 

The British International School Cairo (BISC) was established in 1976 to provide a balanced and challenging education based on British principles and curricula. Students routinely attain some of the best external examination results in the world. They can move with confidence from here to any education system in the world, including the United States. The school is committed to its international outlook in a range of ways, not least through its 20 year experience of the International Baccalaureate Diploma course which provides entrance to the Ivy League in the U.S., Russell group universities in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics; and first class institutions in North America, Egypt and other countries. To this end, senior students are offered ongoing career and college guidance and training and support in SAT/ACT assessment tests.

 

BISC is a fee-financed, non-profit society authorized by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Student ages range from 3-year-olds in Foundation Stage 1 to 18-year-olds in the Upper VIth. Class sizes are from a maximum of 24 in the Junior School to 10/20 in the Senior School and very small groups in the Sixth Form. The overall staff/student ratio is 1:8. The diverse international student body leads to the natural development of goodwill, friendliness, tolerance and understanding among the pupils. 

There are approximately 900 students from more than 50 different nationalities.

Cairo American College (CAC)

Location: Maadi

Cairo American College

Telephone: 2755-5555

Fax: 2519-6584

Website: http://www.cacegypt.org/

Registrar: Danya Amin, Telephone 2755-5507

Email: registrar@cacegypt.org

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

Cairo American College, better known as CAC, is an internationally respected, independent, Pre-K to Grade12 School dedicated to preparing students to succeed in American schools and universities of their choice. The student body is comprised of approximately 840 students from more than 50 nationalities. Approximately 40 percent of the students at CAC are American citizens.

 

All applicants to CAC must submit the following documents:

1. Completed Application for Admission (front and back), signed by parent or guardian and with one photograph of the applicant attached.

2. Health Office Student Medical Examination Form, to be completed and signed by a physician within 8 months prior to the student's entry in school.

3. Health Office Annual Student Information Form, to be completed and signed by the applicant's parent or guardian.

4. Complete, official school records for the past two years (three years for students applying to Grade 12. Records must be forwarded by the applicant's previous school(s) directly to CAC. In the case that the records are not in English, an official English translation must also be submitted.

5. A completed and signed release form authorizing CAC to request school records from previous schools.

6. Copy of the applicant's passport.

7. Additionally, a completed and signed "KG Parent Questionnaire" must accompany applications for Kindergarten. CAC admissions information, applications and health forms are available from the CAC website, cacegypt.org. These forms can also be obtained by contacting the school directly. Forms should be completed and returned to CAC at the earliest possible date.

 

Not all USG dependent children are admitted to CAC. The school

reserves the right to refuse admittance of any child not meeting its academic standards.

 

Additionally, CAC has limited services for children with special needs. In addition to reviewing previous records, CAC frequently administers tests to new students at all grade levels to facilitate decisions regarding admission and placement. All of the above documents MUST be received before a testing appointment can be made. In the case of students applying for August admission, counselors are available approximately two weeks prior to the opening of school. Families should plan their arrival date accordingly so that students will be ready to enter the first day of school. 

The following policies regarding admissions should also be noted:

- In terms of admission priorities, CAC gives first consideration to qualified U.S. citizens. Other applicants are admitted as space is available. Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 1 must be 3 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made. Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 2 must be 4 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made.

- Applicants for Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made.

- Students intending to graduate from CAC must complete the entire senior year in residence. Students must complete the graduation requirements before their 20th birthday.

- Non-native speakers of English who are not fluent in the language may be admitted if space is available in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. In the secondary school, admission to the ESL program also depends upon the applicant‘s achieving a sufficient score on the English language placement examination. The ESL program must be successfully completed by the end of Grade 10.

Cairo American College in Maadi offers both the ACT and SAT tests. Call the High School counseling office for more information. CAC also offers a summer camp program each summer. It usually consists of three sessions starting at the end of June and running through July. Email Summer@cacegypt.org for more information.

 

Irish Primary School

(Pre-K and K are located at the Primary School but are part of the Nursery School program)

Telephone: 2358-2177, 010-0534-9954

Director: Marian Phelan

Assistant Director: Francoise Chassagnard

Website: http://www.irishschoolcairo.com

Email: irishschoolcairo@gmail.com

Ages: 5 to 11 years old

Distance from CAC: 1 mile, or 5 minutes

Description: English is the main language, with a French section. The school’s philosophy is to enable each child to reach an understanding of their world and to think critically. The school’s primary objectives are to ensure the full and harmonious development of each individual to realize his/her potential as a unique person and to develop socially. Small intimate environment, small class sizes. Qualified staff and experienced teachers.

 

Maadi British International School (MBIS)

Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: 2705-8671/2/3/4/5

Cell Phone Emergencies only: 0120-3555-686

Fax: 2705-8679

Head Teacher: Richard White

Website: http://www.mbisegypt.com/

Email: mbis@mbisegypt.com

Ages: Rising 3 – 13 years

Distance from CAC: Located approximately 15 minutes from CAC, or 2 miles

Description: The Maadi British International School provides a supportive and caring environment for children aged 2 – 13 years. Pupils are encouraged to reach their full academic potential and enabled to develop physically, morally, creatively and socially. A love of learning and a positive self-image are highly valued, as are independence and responsibility. The school ethos is underpinned by respect and appreciation for the variety of beliefs and cultures within our international community, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of British Education. MBIS pupils truly are learning for life.

The school offers:

- Implementation of the English National Curriculum

- High academic standards and the pursuit of excellence in all areas

- Fully qualified expatriate British teachers

- A stimulating, caring, small school environment approximately 400 students with excellent teacher pupil ratios 1:12 per class, 1:7 including specialist teachers

- Children from more than 50 different nationalities; 30 percent are British and 10 percent American

- SEN (Special Educational Needs) and EAL (English as an additional language) is offered for pupils who are able to access the English Curriculum but need extra support

- MBIS will consider special needs children on an individual basis; they must be assessed by MBIS prior to admission to make sure that school can meet their needs

- French, Arabic and Spanish

- Promotion of performing arts and music.

- Accredited by ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) and affiliated to ECIS, European Council for International Schools and COBIS, Council of British Independent Schools. Registered with UK Government as a BSO, British School Overseas

- Comprehensive program of extracurricular activities

- An active Friends of MBIS

 

Maadi Community School

Telephone: 2358-5911

Principal: Felicity Jaffrey

Website: http://maadicommunityschool.com

Email: admins@mceducation.org

Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 8 Maadi Community School (MCS) provides affordable education for children of expatriate development workers and other expatriate families in Cairo, through a rich and challenging internationally recognized Curriculum. Maadi Community School educates the whole child to think independently, become a life-long learner, respect others and integrate a Christian worldview into their lives.

 

Our vision is that MCS will:

􀁸 Integrate Christian faith and dynamic learning

􀁸 Encourage students to reach their potential through excellence in curriculum, teaching and management

􀁸 Achieve transferable academic standards that meet of surpass other international education systems MCS will promote the development of the whole child within a nurturing Christian environment. We will encourage our students to influence their world through Biblical thought, action and character. Class sizes are small to promote a teaching environment tailored to the needs of individual students. The average teacher student ratio is approximately 1:8.

 

For more information regarding admissions, visit the MCS website at: http://maadicommunityschool.com or

contact the school directly.

 

New Cairo British International School (NCBIS)

Location: Kattameya, New Cairo

NCBIS (New Cairo British International School)

New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: 2758-2881

Fax: 2758-1390

Website: www.ncbis.co.uk

Email: info@ncbis.co.uk

Contact: Registrar

Grades: Nursery through Year 13

New Cairo British International School is a prestigious non-profit independent school. It serves the international community of Cairo as well as host country students who wish to take advantage of its highquality educational provision. NCBIS is a co-educational school broadly following the National Curriculum of England and Wales. NCBIS is a non-denominational school catering for children of nursery age (3+) through to 18 years. The academic year is split into three terms (trimesters) namely September to December, January to April and April to June. The majority of teachers are qualified in the U.K. and the language of instruction is English. Ninety-five percent of teachers are recruited directly from the UK. New Cairo British International School relocated in September 1998 to a purpose-built campus in New Cairo City (Kattameya). The NCBIS campus is spacious and the campus offers every conceivable facility expected of a fast-moving and ambitious school, including tennis courts, football pitch, running track and heated swimming pool. A school bus service is also available to serve most areas of Cairo.

 

The Foundation: The Foundation department provides a stimulating and high quality education, in a safe and caring environment, for children aged between 3 and 5 years. The aim is to give children the best possible start to their education and provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built. The Foundation department is housed in purpose built facility that includes its own swimming pool and shower room, outdoor playground and play area. Children also have access to specialist sports and music equipment. The curriculum in based on the Foundation Stage and is delivered through inquiry topics each term. Structured, well-planned play is an important feature of the curriculum. The curriculum encourages the individual development of each child through a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and is lively, exciting and challenging.

 

Primary School: The delightful setting of the New Cairo Campus provides a secure and caring environment for students in the primary years. Here, children can experience the joys and challenges of learning as they build a strong foundation for their future years. Creativity and curiosity are fostered as expanding minds wonder, question, and eagerly tackle new challenges. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to focus on individual needs.

The educational framework for the curriculum is underpinned by the IBO PYP and aligns directly with UK National Standards. This international, trans-disciplinary program is designed to foster the development of the whole child, including their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic needs. Highly trained and dedicated teachers provide exciting and stimulating programs that strive to cater for the needs of all children. The children benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in the curriculum areas of

music, French, Arabic and physical education. In addition, a rich program of co-curricular activities that caters for a variety of interests in sports, arts, music and culture is offered outside of classroom hours.

 

Secondary School: The secondary curriculum aims to provide a framework for learners to meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 with modifications made to cater for the needs and diversity of the student population at NCBIS. IGCSE/GCSE and IB Diploma are offered.

 

Further Details: A school brochure and application forms are available on request or can be downloaded from website. The website also gives further details of the school, as well as registration and entry assessment procedures.

 

Special Needs Educational Resources

For more information about educational special needs resources, please contact the RMOP or Community Liaison Office in Cairo or the Office of Overseas Schools in Washington, D.C. directly.

Language Classes

CLO’s Call has more information on specific language schools.

 

Arabic

U.S. Embassy Post Language Program

The Embassy runs a series of Arabic language classes on a 10-week quarter basis. Dates are announced by Management Notice, posted on the Language Lab door on 4th floor in Cairo II, and included in the Embassy newsletter, The Niler. The fall semester begins in September. Courses are scheduled at the Embassy, in Maadi and Zamalek, and include: Beginning Arabic, Introductory Conversational Arabic, Written Arabic Script, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels in both Egyptian colloquial Arabic (ECA) and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

 

Each quarter, the Arabic Language Program will offer different classes for continuing and new students. The emphasis is on being able to use your Arabic as soon as possible, especially for beginners. For advice concerning placement, to register, or for questions about the program, contact the Post Language Program Office. Post Language Program office is located in Cairo II, 4th floor. Tel. 2797-2185.

 

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

The School of Continuing Education (SCE)

Phone: 16723

Email: sce@aucegypt.edu

Website: http://www.aucegypt.edu/sce/Pages/home.aspx

Arab Academy

3 Alif Kamil El Shinnawi Street, Garden City

Phone: 011-1218-0305

Email: Info@ArabAcademy.com

Website: http://www.arabacademy.com/

Group classes, private tutoring or online Arabic courses

 

British Council

Phone: 19789, 3300-1666

Email: information@britishcouncil.org.eg

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/egypt.htm

Community Services Association (CSA)

4 Road 21, Maadi

Phone: 2358-5284, 2358-0754

Email: info@livinginegypt.org

Website: www.livinginegypt.org

Language classes not only in Arabic but also in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. CSA also offers

courses ranging from exercise classes to cooking to becoming a better parent, among others.

International Language Institute (ILI)

4 Mahmoud Azmi Street (off Ahmed Orabi Street), Madinet El Sahafeyeen, Mohandeseen

Phone: 3346-3087, 3302-8358

Email: ili@arabicegypt.com

Website: http://www.arabicegypt.com

Courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

 

PRESCHOOLS

The Top Nurseries in Cairo

1-Shamrock Irish Nursery, Al Maadi; Contact: +20 122 883 5564

2-Barney's Nursery, Maadi; Contact: +20 2 25260049

3-Smiley Kids Nursery, Maadi; Contact: +20 2 25249079

            4-Granny's Nursery & Pre School, Maadi; Contact: +20 2 23588957

            5-Kompass, Maadi; Contact: +20223802977, website

            6-Kidiology Center, Contact: +20 2 25216333

            7-International Montessori center, Contact: +20 2 25166407

            8-Irish School Cairo, Contact: +201000904968, Website

            10-Stepping Stones, Maadi; Contact: +201116567657, website

            11-Small Talk Nursery, Contact: +20 2 25212469

            12-Small World Nursery, Maadi; Contact: 0225196437

            13-Simba English Nursery and Pre School, Maadi; Contact: +20 2 25171320

SCHOOLS

Elementary & High Schools

Cairo offers parents many choices for their school-age children. However, there are limited resources available for students with special needs. Any family with special needs students should contact the RMO/P in Cairo to see if there are suitable options.

 

By far, most mission children attend the Cairo American College (CAC), which is located in Maadi. The school has a great academic record and many extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, the school is a center for the Maadi Community. However CAC is not for everyone. Below is a list of all the schools the CLO office recommends.

 

American International School In Egypt (AISE)

Location: New Cairo City (Katameya)

Address:

American International School in Egypt

New Cairo City South Police Academy

Telephone: 2618-8400

Fax: 2617-4002

Website: http://www.aisegypt.com

Director: Mark Lenz

Email: MLentz@aisegypt.com Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

 

Founded in 1990, AISE developed rapidly into an educational organization which received tangible evidence of recognition. The present enrollment is 1,500 students and growth is anticipated. The curriculum is based on Virginia Standards. AISE is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World

School offering an IB Diploma. The school operates according to a strategic plan developed by specialists with the involvement of administration and faculty.

 

The school possesses a fleet of 50 new air-conditioned busses. A summer school is operated offering an enriching program for students who need to improve their English language skills. Also, a special program is offered in association with a stateside education organization that enables students to take make-up courses and obtain credits.

 

At the elementary school, a Tutorial Center is maintained, assisting students who experience academic difficulty and some learning problems. Health services are available at all times and provided by experienced nurses and doctors. AISE is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the International Baccalaureate Organization.

 

The British International School, Cairo (BISC)

Location: Beverly Hills Compound

The British International School, Cairo

Telephone: 3827-0444

Fax: 3857-1720

Email: info@bisc.edu.eg

Website: http://www.bisc.edu.eg

Chief School Administrator: Mr. Simon O‘Grady, Principal

Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 12

The British International School in Cairo is a selective, co-educational, academic day school committed to excellence in all of its activities in and out of the classroom. It aims to be a first-class school in which children are prepared to go on to the best local, regional and international universities and institutions of higher education and to positions of leadership in all walks of life. BISC provides a challenging and stimulating environment in which English-speaking students from diverse international backgrounds benefit from an education which is British in its principles, practices, curricular structures and assessment. At BISC all students are valued equally and encouraged to fulfill their aspirations and potential.

 

The British International School Cairo (BISC) was established in 1976 to provide a balanced and challenging education based on British principles and curricula. Students routinely attain some of the best external examination results in the world. They can move with confidence from here to any education system in the world, including the United States. The school is committed to its international outlook in a range of ways, not least through its 20 year experience of the International Baccalaureate Diploma course which provides entrance to the Ivy League in the U.S., Russell group universities in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics; and first class institutions in North America, Egypt and other countries. To this end, senior students are offered ongoing career and college guidance and training and support in SAT/ACT assessment tests.

 

BISC is a fee-financed, non-profit society authorized by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Student ages range from 3-year-olds in Foundation Stage 1 to 18-year-olds in the Upper VIth. Class sizes are from a maximum of 24 in the Junior School to 10/20 in the Senior School and very small groups in the Sixth Form. The overall staff/student ratio is 1:8. The diverse international student body leads to the natural development of goodwill, friendliness, tolerance and understanding among the pupils.

 

There are approximately 900 students from more than 50 different nationalities.

 

Cairo American College (CAC)

Location: Maadi

Cairo American College

Telephone: 2755-5555

Fax: 2519-6584

Website: http://www.cacegypt.org/

Registrar: Danya Amin, Telephone 2755-5507

Email: registrar@cacegypt.org

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

Cairo American College, better known as CAC, is an internationally respected, independent, Pre-K to Grade12 School dedicated to preparing students to succeed in American schools and universities of their choice. The student body is comprised of approximately 840 students from more than 50 nationalities. Approximately 40 percent of the students at CAC are American citizens.

 

All applicants to CAC must submit the following documents:

1. Completed Application for Admission (front and back), signed by parent or guardian and with one photograph of the applicant attached.

2. Health Office Student Medical Examination Form, to be completed and signed by a physician within 8 months prior to the student's entry in school.

3. Health Office Annual Student Information Form, to be completed and signed by the applicant's parent or guardian.

4. Complete, official school records for the past two years (three years for students applying to Grade 12. Records must be forwarded by the applicant's previous school(s) directly to CAC. In the case that the records are not in English, an official English translation must also be submitted.

5. A completed and signed release form authorizing CAC to request school records from previous schools.

6. Copy of the applicant's passport.

7. Additionally, a completed and signed "KG Parent Questionnaire" must accompany applications for Kindergarten. CAC admissions information, applications and health forms are available from the CAC website, cacegypt.org. These forms can also be obtained by contacting the school directly. Forms should be completed and returned to CAC at the earliest possible date.

 

Not all USG dependent children are admitted to CAC. The school

reserves the right to refuse admittance of any child not meeting its academic standards.

 

Additionally, CAC has limited services for children with special needs. In addition to reviewing previous records, CAC frequently administers tests to new students at all grade levels to facilitate decisions regarding admission and placement. All of the above documents MUST be received before a testing appointment can be made. In the case of students applying for August admission, counselors are available approximately two weeks prior to the opening of school. Families should plan their arrival date accordingly so that students will be ready to enter the first day of school.

 

The following policies regarding admissions should also be noted:

- In terms of admission priorities, CAC gives first consideration to qualified U.S. citizens. Other applicants are admitted as space is available. Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 1 must be 3 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made. Applicants for Pre-Kindergarten 2 must be 4 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made.

- Applicants for Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of the school year for which an application is made.

- Students intending to graduate from CAC must complete the entire senior year in residence. Students must complete the graduation requirements before their 20th birthday.

- Non-native speakers of English who are not fluent in the language may be admitted if space is available in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. In the secondary school, admission to the ESL program also depends upon the applicant‘s achieving a sufficient score on the English language placement examination. The ESL program must be successfully completed by the end of Grade 10.

 

Cairo American College in Maadi offers both the ACT and SAT tests. Call the High School counseling office for more information. CAC also offers a summer camp program each summer. It usually consists of three sessions starting at the end of June and running through July. Email Summer@cacegypt.org for more information.

 

Irish Primary School

(Pre-K and K are located at the Primary School but are part of the Nursery School

program)

Telephone: 2358-2177, 010-0534-9954

Director: Marian Phelan

Assistant Director: Francoise Chassagnard

Website: http://www.irishschoolcairo.com

Email: irishschoolcairo@gmail.com

Ages: 5 to 11 years old

Distance from CAC: 1 mile, or 5 minutes

Description: English is the main language, with a French section. The school’s philosophy is to enable each child to reach an understanding of their world and to think critically. The school’s primary objectives are to ensure the full and harmonious development of each individual to realize his/her potential as a unique person and to develop socially. Small intimate environment, small class sizes. Qualified staff and experienced teachers.

 

Maadi British International School (MBIS)

Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: 2705-8671/2/3/4/5

Cell Phone Emergencies only: 0120-3555-686

Fax: 2705-8679

Head Teacher: Richard White

Website: http://www.mbisegypt.com/

Email: mbis@mbisegypt.com

Ages: Rising 3 – 13 years

Distance from CAC: Located approximately 15 minutes from CAC, or 2 miles

Description: The Maadi British International School provides a supportive and caring environment for children aged 2 – 13 years. Pupils are encouraged to reach their full academic potential and enabled to develop physically, morally, creatively and socially. A love of learning and a positive self-image are highly valued, as are independence and responsibility. The school ethos is underpinned by respect and appreciation for the variety of beliefs and cultures within our international community, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of British Education. MBIS pupils truly are learning for life.

The school offers:

- Implementation of the English National Curriculum

- High academic standards and the pursuit of excellence in all areas

- Fully qualified expatriate British teachers

- A stimulating, caring, small school environment approximately 400 students with excellent teacher pupil ratios 1:12 per class, 1:7 including specialist teachers

- Children from more than 50 different nationalities; 30 percent are British and 10 percent American

- SEN (Special Educational Needs) and EAL (English as an additional language) is offered for pupils who are able to access the English Curriculum but need extra support

- MBIS will consider special needs children on an individual basis; they must be assessed by MBIS prior to admission to make sure that school can meet their needs

- French, Arabic and Spanish

- Promotion of performing arts and music.

- Accredited by ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) and affiliated to ECIS, European Council for International Schools and COBIS, Council of British Independent Schools. Registered with UK Government as a BSO, British School Overseas

- Comprehensive program of extracurricular activities

- An active Friends of MBIS

 

Maadi Community School

Telephone: 2358-5911

Principal: Felicity Jaffrey

Website: http://maadicommunityschool.com

Email: admins@mceducation.org

Grades: Kindergarten through Grade 8 Maadi Community School (MCS) provides affordable education for children of expatriate development workers and other expatriate families in Cairo, through a rich and challenging internationally recognized Curriculum. Maadi Community School educates the whole child to think independently, become a life-long learner, respect others and integrate a Christian worldview into their lives.

 

Our vision is that MCS will:

􀁸 Integrate Christian faith and dynamic learning

􀁸 Encourage students to reach their potential through excellence in curriculum, teaching and management

􀁸 Achieve transferable academic standards that meet of surpass other international education systems MCS will promote the development of the whole child within a nurturing Christian environment. We will encourage our students to influence their world through Biblical thought, action and character. Class sizes are small to promote a teaching environment tailored to the needs of individual students. The average teacher student ratio is approximately 1:8.

 

For more information regarding admissions, visit the MCS website at: http://maadicommunityschool.com or

contact the school directly.

 

New Cairo British International School (NCBIS)

Location: Kattameya, New Cairo

NCBIS (New Cairo British International School)

New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: 2758-2881

Fax: 2758-1390

Website: www.ncbis.co.uk

Email: info@ncbis.co.uk

Contact: Registrar

Grades: Nursery through Year 13

New Cairo British International School is a prestigious non-profit independent school. It serves the international community of Cairo as well as host country students who wish to take advantage of its highquality educational provision. NCBIS is a co-educational school broadly following the National Curriculum of England and Wales. NCBIS is a non-denominational school catering for children of nursery age (3+) through to 18 years. The academic year is split into three terms (trimesters) namely September to December, January to April and April to June. The majority of teachers are qualified in the U.K. and the language of instruction is English. Ninety-five percent of teachers are recruited directly from the UK. New Cairo British International School relocated in September 1998 to a purpose-built campus in New Cairo City (Kattameya). The NCBIS campus is spacious and the campus offers every conceivable facility expected of a fast-moving and ambitious school, including tennis courts, football pitch, running track and heated swimming pool. A school bus service is also available to serve most areas of Cairo.

 

The Foundation: The Foundation department provides a stimulating and high quality education, in a safe and caring environment, for children aged between 3 and 5 years. The aim is to give children the best possible start to their education and provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built. The Foundation department is housed in purpose built facility that includes its own swimming pool and shower room, outdoor playground and play area. Children also have access to specialist sports and music equipment. The curriculum in based on the Foundation Stage and is delivered through inquiry topics each term. Structured, well-planned play is an important feature of the curriculum. The curriculum encourages the individual development of each child through a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and is lively, exciting and challenging.

 

Primary School: The delightful setting of the New Cairo Campus provides a secure and caring environment for students in the primary years. Here, children can experience the joys and challenges of learning as they build a strong foundation for their future years. Creativity and curiosity are fostered as expanding minds wonder, question, and eagerly tackle new challenges. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to focus on individual needs.

The educational framework for the curriculum is underpinned by the IBO PYP and aligns directly with UK National Standards. This international, trans-disciplinary program is designed to foster the development of the whole child, including their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic needs. Highly trained and dedicated teachers provide exciting and stimulating programs that strive to cater for the needs of all children. The children benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in the curriculum areas of

music, French, Arabic and physical education. In addition, a rich program of co-curricular activities that caters for a variety of interests in sports, arts, music and culture is offered outside of classroom hours.

 

Secondary School: The secondary curriculum aims to provide a framework for learners to meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 with modifications made to cater for the needs and diversity of the student population at NCBIS. IGCSE/GCSE and IB Diploma are offered.

 

Further Details: A school brochure and application forms are available on request or can be downloaded from website. The website also gives further details of the school, as well as registration and entry assessment procedures.

 

Special Needs Educational Resources

For more information about educational special needs resources, please contact the RMOP or Community Liaison Office in Cairo or the Office of Overseas Schools in Washington, D.C. directly.

Language Classes

CLO’s Call has more information on specific language schools.

 

Arabic

U.S. Embassy Post Language Program

The Embassy runs a series of Arabic language classes on a 10-week quarter basis. Dates are announced by Management Notice, posted on the Language Lab door on 4th floor in Cairo II, and included in the Embassy newsletter, The Niler. The fall semester begins in September. Courses are scheduled at the Embassy, in Maadi and Zamalek, and include: Beginning Arabic, Introductory Conversational Arabic, Written Arabic Script, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels in both Egyptian colloquial Arabic (ECA) and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

 

Each quarter, the Arabic Language Program will offer different classes for continuing and new students. The emphasis is on being able to use your Arabic as soon as possible, especially for beginners. For advice concerning placement, to register, or for questions about the program, contact the Post Language Program Office. Post Language Program office is located in Cairo II, 4th floor. Tel. 2797-2185.

 

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

The School of Continuing Education (SCE)

Phone: 16723

Email: sce@aucegypt.edu

Website: http://www.aucegypt.edu/sce/Pages/home.aspx

Arab Academy

3 Alif Kamil El Shinnawi Street, Garden City

Phone: 011-1218-0305

Email: Info@ArabAcademy.com

Website: http://www.arabacademy.com/

Group classes, private tutoring or online Arabic courses

 

British Council

Phone: 19789, 3300-1666

Email: information@britishcouncil.org.eg

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/egypt.htm

Community Services Association (CSA)

4 Road 21, Maadi

Phone: 2358-5284, 2358-0754

Email: info@livinginegypt.org

Website: www.livinginegypt.org

Language classes not only in Arabic but also in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. CSA also offers

courses ranging from exercise classes to cooking to becoming a better parent, among others.

International Language Institute (ILI)

4 Mahmoud Azmi Street (off Ahmed Orabi Street), Madinet El Sahafeyeen, Mohandeseen

Phone: 3346-3087, 3302-8358

Email: ili@arabicegypt.com

Website: http://www.arabicegypt.com

Courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

 

PRESCHOOLS

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There is a daily shuttle from your residence and return to the USAID building where the main COE office. They also publish a weekly shuttle for going to the commissary.  You can take the shuttle or your personal vehicle at your discretion.  For the first month, plan on taking the shuttle. They also publish a shuttle schedule to the American Embassy.  You can take it from and to the USAID building.

Take an international driver’s license to Egypt. Employees will get an Egyptian Drivers license, but it takes about a month. It is recommended you spend the first month as a passenger to get used to driving and more importantly how to get back and forth to places.          There are few road signs, and even though they usually are both Arabic and English, it takes time to orient yourself and get around.

Maadi, where you will live, has a system of traffic circles.  Right of way is to the vehicle entering the traffic circle.  They have recently put up stop lights at many intersections in Maadi, but with the traffic circles a green light may not mean go because there are already vehicles in the traffic circle.  Some people have brought GPS devices or have them on their phones but you really have to pay attention to the driving while you are on the road.

Use of public transportation such as trains and buses is prohibited. Employees will be provided with a list of trusted taxi drivers. All taxis have a meter. If the driver doesn’t put on the meter when you enter, he usually will when requested. Typically, the driver will understand enough English to get you where you want to go.

HEALTH INFORMATION: In Egypt, the US Direct Hire and family members will have access to the US Embassy Health Unit that includes a US medical doctor and currently a Psychiatrist (State Department), and nurses/physician assistants/etc.  Visits to the RMO are not charged to the individual, but if there is bloodwork, testing, X-rays, beyond the capability of the health unit, you will be referred to recommended sources on the economy.  For eyes, female, dental, orthodontist, and other specialties, the Embassy will also provide recommendations.  Check with your medical insurance provider for what they will cover and what they don't.  All Egyptian medical offices should prepare receipts in English for pursuing a medical insurance claim.

Doctors’ prescriptions are not required at the Pharmacy for any drugs.  It is common for visitors to stock up on common anti-biotics and even allergy medicine when they visit.  Also, you can work with the Health Unit to set up deliveries of prescription drugs that are needed regularly from the states, if preferred or recommended.  It is always recommended to carry a few extra months' supplies of medicines that are required in case of delivery delays, unavailability on the market, etc.

Most pharmacists speak English very well and they know their drugs. The pharmacists can also make recommendations for medications, but of course it is recommended that you consult with the doctor. You can call a pharmacy and have the medicine delivered. 

Telephone and Internet Services

Phone bills come about once a quarter. The COE office personnel can assist you to make the payment but the bill comes direct to the user.  Depending on the building, there may be a phone call announcing that there is a bill due. There is no breakdown of calls, you basically have to pay what is owed.  Since it is likely your internet will be connected to the phone, you need to make sure you pay the phone bill.

Internet service at your residence is your responsibility. The provider will be based on the apartment.

Calling to the US: Generally, VOIP like Vonage and Magic Jack have been difficult to use lately. You can get yourself a US VPN number to use those type services and you can use that to set up TV services like NetFlix just like in the US.

Cellphones

A cell phone with local number will be provided by the office intended for official use and incidental personal use. For spouses/family members unlocked cell phones from the US may be brought with the individual or bought in Egypt that are compatible with the system (GSM) in use in Egypt.

Generally, there are three providers in Egypt: Orange, Vodaphone, and Etisalat. You can arrange service packages, pay as you go, etc., depending on your needs. There is information on internet regarding what is available (in English and Arabic).  

Television

The TV system in Egypt is PAL. With everything going HD/flat screen, I don’t think there is a problem bringing one from the US. In the past it was recommended you get a Multi-system TV to use in Egypt. You will also be able to get an Armed Forces Network (AFN) receiver and for a fee, a satellite can be connected to the receiver for some access to US television.  Many times the previous resident already had a satellite and connection for the apartment.  It has about 5 channels and is great for keeping up on your favorite sport teams although the time change may be a problem for watching.  A receiver may be available from the office or for purchase at the AAFES store

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND SOCIAL LIFE/DINING OUT

Maadi House is the American club that is part of the American Employees Cooperative and Welfare Association. Through an annual members, there are gyms, a playground, green area, tennis courts, pool, restaurant and a bar.

You can buy almost anything in Egypt now, but may have to pay a lot more than you would normally pay to get it. If you have specific soaps, makeup, and over the counter medicines you prefer, you may want to include extras in your Household goods shipments. 

There is a commissary and an Army Air Force Exchange Store (AAFES) store that carry most common products, not including makeup.  AAFES has a selection of alcoholic beverages also.           

There are stores like Walmart and the most common is CarreFour. Google it to see what’s available. 

Clothes shopping may be difficult. There are places you can buy cheap clothes, but you get what you pay for and good quality clothing tends to be much more expensive than you would find in the US.  It depends on your personality and tastes. 

Unless there is a price tag indicating the price like in CarreFour or some of the local supermarkets, you can still haggle over price.  Even if there is a price tag, you can try for a discount on the price.  The vendor will let you know if he/she is willing to bargain.

The Egyptian Pound (LE) has been allowed to float with the market since November 2016 so rates that used to be about 9 LE to the dollar are now closer to 20 LE to the dollar.   Most stores have doubled their local price in response to this.  

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Pets are allowed in Egypt and many people bring them.  The typical housing; however, is an apartment that should be considered for dogs.   There are people within the US Embassy community that arrange Dog play dates for people with dogs.  Typically, the apartment will not have a green area for the dog to run around in.   You can walk the dog around the community and take him/her out to the desert areas but there is also a fairly large feral dog ("baladi dog") population in Maadi, the area of the residences.   From time to time the local Egyptian authority will put poisoned  dog food out to try to control the feral dog population, and the Embassy will send a notice so pet owners will be aware when/general locations this is going to happen to the best extent of the information that they have.  Over the years there have been some cases of people who have been heart broken when their family pet ate the poisoned dog food and did not recover.    

Since the 2011 civil unrest occurred, it is more common to see Egyptians with dogs.  Dogs are often considered to be unclean by some Egyptians and there is a general fear of rabies.    You have to take care to keep control of your dog(s) and don't let it(them) approach any unknown person.  If the person has an interest in your pet, the person will let you know. 

There is even a larger community of feral/stray cats in the Maadi area.  Most people say it is because they are being fed by well-meaning foreigners, and  they are everywhere.  For personnel with a cat, it is recommended that the cat be indoor only. 

Because of the numbers of feral dogs and cats, rabies vaccine is highly recommended especially for children.  They may go up to a stray animal to pet the animal and the animal may scratch or bite.

During the 2011 evacuation, only personnel were allowed on transportation out of the country.  This created a huge problem for pet owners to make arrangements for their pets to be cared for while they were away. The problem was the cost for boarding and the fact that the duration was not known.  Household help and veterinarians in the area took care of many pets.   People also made arrangements with personnel who did not evacuate to care for their pets.   During the 2013 evacuation, there was more time to make arrangements for pets, but temperatures and airline restrictions still had to be considered for transportation of pets.  Again, the unknown duration was a problem for some.  Household help and leaving money with Locally Employed Staff are some of the ways to make sure your pet is cared for if you leave.  This works on long weekends or vacations also.

There are several veterinarians and you can get recommendations for the most popular ones from the CLO office at the US Embassy.  There is also a Maadi Community Facebook page where you can post about anything you have questions about - places to Eat, where to find certain items, recommendations for tour guides, drivers, and masseuses, etc.  The veterinarians typically make house calls, which is very convenient.   Any that I've dealt with speak English very well.   There are also a few organizations that take in stray animals and try to get them adopted. They regularly request support from the community.

The Commissary carries dog and cat food and supplies like kitty litter.  They tend to have more dog supplies, like flea collars and brushes than cat supplies.  Everything is available on the local market also, but is usually more expensive than the Commissary.  Again, it is recommended that you request your sponsor to provide a list of what is currently available at the Commissary for your pet needs.  For specific items that the Commissary does not typically carry, you can request a special order.  This applies to everything and not just pet food.  You fill out a form and coordinate with Commissary personnel regarding the quantity.  Typically, they will deal in cases, but not always so you have to check.  You also have to check on delivery schedule.  Such requests require some planning ahead because the request will take some time to process.

Postal Service: It is US Postage and there is an APO office at both the USAID building and the Embassy. You can ship anything and you have items shipped to your address.  Some vendors won’t ship to APO, usually for electronics, so you may need a fried or relative to ship them to you. And the mail comes about once a month now, though, so don’t expect any quick shipments. 

  • Generally men can wear what they like and women should be more conservative. Even in Maadi, where you will live and where there are a lot of foreigners, it is not common to see women in short shorts or skirts.
  • There is no requirement for covering your head. If you look like a foreigner, some Egyptians may stare at you, but as they get used to you this will stop.  As they say in the Welcome package, a smile and a greeting of “hello” will get you a smile back and greeting back in most cases.
  • Paying and Tipping: Egypt is still very much a cash based country.  More places are using credit cards, but your best bet is to have cash to pay for purchases, including food and entertainment. To get cash, you can write a personal check to yourself (some fees apply) and receive either US dollars or Egyptian pounds (local currency) or use an ATM.  Check with your bank regarding ATM fees and it is recommended that you bring checks.  There is a CIB Bank located at the USAID building where the main COE office is and at the Embassy where you can do your banking business.  ATMs are available at those locations also.
  •  It may be wise to have two credit cards - one for using and one for emergencies in case your number is taken (since it could take up to a month for a replacement card).
  • Tipping is part of the culture.  At your residence, there will likely be someone called a “bo-ab” who is responsible for cleaning the common areas and your vehicle.  Generally, about 100LE per month per vehicle is acceptable, but with the current fluctuation in the Egyptian pound, it may be more now.  It is typical to pay about 10 Egyptian pounds (LE) for parking and to tip the gasoline attendant an Egyptian pound or two.  It is generally expected to tip persons assisting with carrying in shopping or other items to your apartment.  Having smaller change (1-20 LE) notes for tipping is good.  If you tip big it may be expected that this is the norm.  Talk to neighbors about typical amounts at the building you are living in.
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    Kuwait

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    Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is a country in Western Asia, situation in the northern edge ofMAPBOOK Kuwait Map Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf. It borders Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In 2016, Kuwait had a population of 4.2 million people -- 1.3 million Kuwaitis and 2.9 million, about 70 percent, expatriates.

    Kuwait is a constitutional emirate with a semi-democratic political system. It’s a high income economy because of the world’s sixth largest oil reserve. The Constitution was established in 1962, making Kuwait the most democratic country in the Middle East behind Israel.

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    In Kuwait the staff live in individual buildings within 10 km of the Embassy in Embassy Housing. Single people live in 2 to 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartments and married personnel with dependents live in larger apartments, based on number of dependents.

     

           Sample of Accompanied Housing in Kuwait
     Master Bedroom  Master Bed/Bath
     Master bathroom Master Bed/Bath        
     Second Bedroom  second bedroom
     Third Bedroom  Third Bedroom
     Second Full Bath Other full Bath         
     Kitchen View 1 Kitchen    
     Kitchen View 2  Kitchen
     Dining Room Dining Room

     Living/Family Rooms

     Living Room
     Pool  Pool Area
    Pool Area Pool Area    
     Sauna  Sauna and Steam Room
    Steam Room Sauna and Steam Room    
     Underground Parking Underground parking

    Schools in Kuwait must follow Kuwaiti Government requirements. Schools are registered as businesses and as such must be majority Kuwaiti-owned. The majority owner, and not an elected school board, approves all decisions and policy changes. Some schools do have advisory boards, but their influence is marginal. There are a number of English-speaking schools in Kuwait; however, the majority of the embassy community attends the American School of Kuwait (ASK), The English School (TES), the American United School (AUS), and the British School of Kuwait (BSK). In order to avoid morning traffic, the school day starts very early, and bus pick-up times are even earlier. It is not unusual for a child to be picked up between 6 and 6:30 a.m.

    The State Department does not provide direct funding to any of the schools in Kuwait. The State Department’s education allowance covers tuition and bus expenses for all K-12 students. (Note: A child may enter Kindergarten and receive education allowance at age four if the child will turn 5 by December 31 of that year.) Some schools require additional fees which are not covered by the education allowance, so please note that the decision to enroll your child/children in some schools may involve out-of-pocket costs.

    The American School of Kuwait (ASK), www.ask.edu.kw, General email: ask@ask.edu.kw; Admissions email: admissions@ask.edu.kw

    The English School (TES), www.tes.edu.kw

     The British School of Kuwait, www.bsk.edu.kw, Admissions email: tkk@bsk.edu.kw 

    AUS – American United School, www.aus.edu.kw, Admissions Email: info@auskuwait.com

     

    PRESCHOOLS

    There are very few day care facilities in Kuwait offering year-round, full-time care. Most are true pre-schools, following an academic calendar from September to June and offering half-day care from morning to early afternoon. Some facilities may also offer day-camp activities over the summer months. They do not generally offer care for infants.

    The English School (TES) and American School of Kuwait (ASK) offer pre-school programs for 2 ½ year olds and above. Please visit their respective websites for more information.

    Happy Chappies Montessori Pre-School Nursery has two locations: Fintas and Rumaithiya. Email: principle@happy-chappies.com or founder@happy-chappies.com. Happy Chappies accepts children from 1 year to 5 years of age. There is a non-refundable registration of KD150 required in order to secure a place for your child. There is more information about tuition fees on their website.

    Minor medical care is available at the U.S. Embassy where they have a Nurse Practitioner and two registered nurses. Medical care is also available on Camp Arifjan on a reimbursable basis. Care is also available on the local economy.

    Employees may drive around at will during off duty hours with only a few places not recommended to visit. Employees are provided a Government vehicle to drive for work and back to the apartment. Employees can take personal vehicles for driving during free time.

    • Telephone and Internet Services:

    • Cellphones:

    • Television and Internet: High speed internet is available and apartments have cable TV. American TV is only available through AFN. Sometimes AFN Receivers are available at the Embassy, but that will only give you 9 channels.

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    Oman

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    Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country on the southeastern Oman FACtBOOK MAPcoast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the nation is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries.

    Oman is considered the “Jewel of Arabia.” There are many opportunities to explore all of its fine treasures -- from camping to scuba diving or golfing to shopping -- there is truly something for everyone in the Sultanate.

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    • Housing Assignments: The Interagency Housing Board assigns all housing. In Muscat, they strive to assign housing about 60 days prior to arrival. Incoming personnel must inform GSO Housing in writing, in advance, of any special housing needs.
    • Temporary Housing: Although, the goal is to move personnel directly into permanent residence, temporary quarters or a local hotel may be necessary if permanent housing is not available upon arrival.
    • Furniture: Household furniture and appliances are provided through the inter-agency furniture pool. 
    • Storage: Most houses have limited storage. Take that into consideration when deciding how much to pack and take with you to Oman.

     

    The American International School Muscat (TAISM)

    Ages 3 to 5 years old

    Operates 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday

    American British Academy (ABA)

    Ages accepted: K1 – 3 years, K2– 4 years, K3 –5 years

    Operates K1 and K2, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., K3, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    The British School of Muscat

    Ages accepted: 3 –5 years

    Operates 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday

     

    PRESCHOOLS

    Apple Green Private School: info@applegreenschool.com

    Our Planet International School: info@ourplanet-muscat.com

    Al Shomoukh: info@sis-nursery.com

    Oasis International Kindergarten: oasisintkg@gmail.com

    The Health Unit is located on the basement level of the Embassy, opposite the MEA Cafeteria. It is currently staffed by two Registered Nurses who conduct routine appointments for health briefings, immunizations, and well-baby checks. There's also on  Administrative Assistant.

    The Health Unit staff is supervised by the Management Officer and receives professional guidance from the Regional Medical Officer.

    Car Insurance

    Collision and Liability Insurance (Comprehensive)

    • Depends on the value of the vehicle and type of vehicle. Normally it is 3% of the current value of the vehicle. Sports cars and high-end cars may go to 10% of the value.
    • The basic cost covers 5 seats.

    Oman follows the depreciated value loss; the insurance company will not pay in full for the parts replaced during an accident repair, but will deduct a percentage depending on the age of the vehicle.

    Companies do not provide comprehensive insurance for vehicles older than 5 years.

    For US Insurance Companies, always verify Oman coverage when requesting insurance. Oman recommends obtaining transit insurance to cover any damages to your vehicle during shipment. 

    Telephone and Internet Services

    For residential and personal communications (SIM cards, Landline, Internet services, wireless solutions), newcomers will be provided the proper forms and paperwork required to obtain the service. However, subsequent follow up with the service providers for installation and maintenance will be the responsibility of the user.

    PLEASE NOTE: All traffic is censored for political and/or sexual content that would be deemed inappropriate by local culture and laws, and voice over internet (VOIP) such as Vonage and Skype are blocked.

    CELLPHONES

    There are two major cell phone service providers in Oman. For personal cell phones you can choose between Omantel and Ooredoo.

    • Omantel –Information on services, the most current plans and pricing offered from Omantel are available via their website at: http://www.omantel.net.om/services/default.asp.

    • Ooredoo –Information on services, the most current plans and pricing offered from Ooredoo are available via their website at: http://www.ooredoo.om/

    TELEVISION

    Multi-system televisions and DVD players are recommended to allow local viewing. Local TV stations use the PAL system. Satellite dishes are available locally and can be installed at residences. Armed Forces Network (AFN) is available with approximately 10 channels. AFN decoders can be issued.

    There are several satellite services available: Star Plus - with CNN, BBC, the Cartoon channel, MTV and several Indian stations.

    Arab Sat -with CNN International, A&E, VH1 and some Arabic channels.

    Orbit has ESPN, Super movies, America Plus (U.S. sitcoms), CNN, Hollywood channel and several more. The cost for Arab Sat and Star Plus combined, is approximately $600 at start up (hardware and installation costs) and you must purchase at least $50 of programming each month.

    Additionally, Showtime (OSN) satellite service is available, consisting of 35 Arabic channels, 12 English channels, and 1 French channel. The 12 English OSN channels are: TV5, TV Land, Movie Channel, BBC, CNN, Paramount, Hallmark, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Style, MTV (Europe), Turner Classic movies and Turner Cartoon Network.

    Some people have had success using SlingBox and streaming their favorite shows from the U.S. over the internet. SlingBox also works with DVRs, so programs can be recorded in the states during prime time and watched later here. SlingBox equipment would need to be purchased and set up in the U.S. before arrival.

    For more information, please go to OSN’s website at http://www.osn.com/en/home.aspx

     

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    Qatar

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    Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign country in Western Asia, occupying theMap of Qatar small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its only border is with Saudi Arabia to the south; the rest of the country is surrounded by the Persian Gulf.

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    • You will occupy a government-leased residence which will be furnished by either the embassy or the landlord.  Note that furnishings provided by the landlord vary in style.  Storage in homes is extremely limited.  Upon notification of your assignment, post will send you a housing questionnaire.  

    • Household furnishings: The housing will include basic furnishings for the living room, dining room, den, if applicable, and bedrooms.  The residence has air conditioning and is outfitted with major appliances, microwave, transformers, lamps and curtains.  Please note, washer/dryer units are similar to European units and tend to have a smaller capacity and longer cycles.  Similarly, refrigerators tend to be smaller and freezer space can be quite limited.  Small variations may occur in specific residences. 

    • Power supply: Doha’s electric power is 220 Volts, 50 cycles, AC. Outlets are only compatible with three pronged “British style” plugs.  However, adapters are inexpensive and readily available on the local market.  You will need to use step-down transformers for all U.S. purchased (110 volt, 60 cycle) appliances.  (A total of four step down transformers are provided with the household furnishings). U.S.made appliances with electric motors (clocks, record players, blenders, fans, etc.) cannot be used in Doha, unless the motors have been converted to 50 cycles or operate on DC current.  When purchasing any motor–driven appliance, be sure that it has a DC motor or is easily convertible from 60 to 50 cycles.  Most newer DVD’s and CD players contain DC motors and will run on 50-cycle current with the proper size transformer. 

    • The American school of Doha (ASD) provides an American curriculum education for eligible and qualified students of all nationalities. Embassy children are generally guaranteed admission.  However, post recommends that parents reach out to the school to make arrangements as early as possible.  The American School of Doha is the largest in the region, with over 1850 students. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  http://www.asd.edu.qa. 

    • Alternative educational providers include the American Community School, http://www.acs-schools.com/acsdoha/about-acs-doha.aspx or British Embassy sponsored schools.

    • Special Education Needs: Formal resources in the community are limited or geared toward Qatari nationals.  Informal resources may not be available due to the transient nature of the expatriate community spouses who often provide such services.  Medication for ADD/ADHD is not available locally without a visit every 10 days to an authorized government physician.  Arrange to bring a good supply with you; further prescriptions need to be obtained from your U.S. physician or can be arranged through the RMO/P (Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist). 

    PRESCHOOLS

                There is a variety of early childhood educational institutions in Qatar, with a differentiation between nurseries and kindergarten/preschools. Nurseries in Doha are reserved for children below the age of four. Once a child turns four, they will no longer be allowed to attend a “nursery” and must move on to a “kindergarten.” 

                Some kindergartens will also offer nurseries for younger children.  Many facilities have waiting lists and some will offer priority placement for certain nationalities.  If you are considering nursery or preschool for your child, it is important to inquire early.  Please contact the CLO for further information. 

    The small Health Unit is staffed by two registered nurses and offers vaccines and limited medications, basic first aid and referrals to the local medical community. The Regional Medical Officer is based in Kuwait and visits quarterly. You should bring a supply of any prescriptions or other medications taken on a regular basis. Local medical care is adequate for most minor ailments. 

     Vehicles: Personal vehicles are an absolute necessity in Doha.  Embassy personnel are entitled to import one duty-free vehicle per employee.  In order to expedite customs clearances, you should hand-carry to post your proof of ownership (title) or a bill-of-sale documenting your purchase of the vehicle.  Qatar regulations prohibit the import of any vehicle manufactured more than 5 years ago.  Significant scratches and dents need to be corrected before importing or the registration process may be delayed.  Qatar prohibits the import of vehicles with dark tinted glass.  Lighter, “smoked” glass is generally acceptable for importation, but the front windows and windshield cannot be tinted. 

    Gasoline: Unleaded gas is available at all the petrol stations in Qatar and is sold for about U.S. Dollar 1.10 per gallon.  Diesel is available, as well, with costs comparable to gasoline. 

    Registration, licensing and insurance: All incoming employees and dependents will need to obtain (with the assistance of Human Resources and General Services Office) diplomatic IDs, health cards, Embassy IDs, and other local cards and registrations.

    Vehicles in Qatar are left-hand drive.  There is a robust second-hand vehicle market in Doha.  Most makes of cars are available for purchase in Doha at prices slightly higher than in the U.S.  Any car purchased locally, however, may not be exported to the U.S. at the end of your tour without major (and expensive) modifications.  Due to local climatic conditions, car owners should plan for more frequent scheduled maintenance than they would in the U.S.  At a minimum, fuel filters, air filters and oil filters should be changed twice as often to counter the damaging effects of airborne dust and sand. 

    Telephone and Internet Services: Doha has reliable internet and telephone services.  Employees receive U.S. government issued telephone equipment upon arrival, but they are responsible to bear the costs for internet service.  Dependents can purchase telephone SIM cards from the local market with either monthly or pay-as-you-go plans. 

    Electronic devices are readily available on the local market but carry a slight price premium over the U.S. market.  Use of a U.S.-based VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is recommended to access VoIP (Voice Over IP) service such as Vonage and Skype as the Qatari government restricts access.  Among the various choices for a private VPN, OpenVPN by www.strongvpn.com has proven itself to be reliable.   

    Cellphones: All makes and models of cell phones are available and most people have and use a smart phone

    - Two major players - Ooredoo and Vodafone

    - You can obtain a monthly plan like in the USA or purchase internet data and cell phone minutes cards at most places

    - You will need to purchase a SIM card and have it installed

    - Recommend buying a local cell phone and getting the SIM here

    - Many people use What'sapp or Viber for calls and text message

    Television: Video format: TV signals in Qatar are in the “PAL“ format. U.S. purchased TVs and VCRs are “NTSC“ format and may only be used to play U.S.-made (NTSC) videotapes.  We recommend the use of multisystem and dual voltage TVs and AV devices.  Satellite decoders do not require multi-system TVs to function. 

     

    There are many opportunities for exercise items like exercise at Aspire Zone Park. The jogging/bike trail along the Corniche, and various gyms including gyms at housing compounds and apartment buildings.

                Shopping is as various as the dining. You can get bargain basement stuff at the Filipino Souk or the other small souks, tourist or

                Better selections are available at the Souk Wakif or the various shops and stores.  They have numerous malls with low to high end stores.

                - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294009-Activities-c26-Doha.html

                - http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20130107-a-shopaholics-guide-to-doha

                - https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Qatar/Baladiyat_ad_Dawhah/

                            Doha-1806039/Shopping-Doha-TG-C-1.html

                - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/qatar/doha/shopping/a/poi-sho/361125

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    A special importation permit is required for all incoming pets.  Be advised that certain breeds of dogs are not allowed for import.  If you plan to bring a pet to Doha, please submit the following information to our General Services Office: Pet’s name, date of birth, breed, color and sex; and a copy of the health certificate including vaccination information issued within six months of arrival to post.  

     The original documents should be hand-carried.  The information should be submitted at least two weeks before the pet’s arrival in order to arrange the permit.  The Embassy expeditor will meet the pet at the airport with the permit and expedite its arrival. 

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    Basically the same as any place in this region. Qatar tends to be a bit more liberal than Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, but not as liberal as UAE.

    Remember to dress moderately.

    Eat with your right hand only; never use your left hand, which is considered unclean.

    Liquor: Limited amounts of liquor may be purchased locally after you obtain a special permit through the Qatar Distribution Company.  There is no fee for the permit; however, there is an initial refundable deposit of QR 1,000 (approximately USD 274).  The monthly liquor allotment is based on the employee’s salary.  Do not carry or ship liquor to post.  Its importation is tightly controlled, and unauthorized shipments are confiscated without reimbursement.  Limited amounts of alcohol are available for purchase through the embassy employee association. 

    Employees will have access to two U.S. bases and the religious services there. There  is also "Religion City" where an area has been set aside for Christian

    Religion services. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Religious-Complex-Doha-Qatar/137896263016145

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    • State Department: https://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/qa/

    Banking: There are 15 banks in Qatar including the national and international banks.  Cash exchange and traveler’s checks rates differ from bank to bank and fluctuate between 3.61 to 3.65 Qatari Riyals to one U.S. dollar.  Cirrus and Plus cards are accepted at most ATMs in Qatar.  An ATM that accepts State Department Federal Credit Union cash cards for issuance of local currency is located in the Embassy.  A banker is available at the Embassy three days per week

    If you have questions about any country-specifics, please email them to dll-cetam-pao@usace.army.mil.

    We'll see that your questions are answered.

    Saudi Arabia

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    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The United States Military Training Mission (USMTM) to Saudi Arabia is a joint training missionFACTBOOK MAP OF SAUDI ARABIA and functional component command under the military command of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM).  The Chief of USMTM was given coordinating authority over all DoD agencies in Saudi Arabia. USACE is therefore, sponsored by USMTM. The Chief of USMTM works under the guidance of the American Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who ultimately has overall responsibility for all US Government activities in country. 

    USACE employees enjoy the full complement of Morale, Welfare and Recreation services available, have access to the all shops, the commissary and exchange.

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    USACE personnel in the Riydah area of Saudi Arabia will stay in villas on Eskan Village.

    • Accompanied personnel villa: 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, living room, full kitchen, dining room, laundry room.

    • Unaccompanied personnel: There are two split villas with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 bathroom, full kitchen/dining area, laundry room and a storage room.

    • All villas are completely furnished, including shower curtain, trash containers, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, microwave, water dispenser, freezer and humidifiers.

    • There are approximately 9 Armed Forces Network (AFN) Channels and about 40 regular channels.

    • Internet service can be purchased through AAFES or outside vendors.

    • Electrical current in Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, and Jubail is 120 volts, 60 cycles; the rest of the Kingdom is mostly 220 volts, 50 cycles. Transformers are available.

    USACE personnel assigned to project locations away from Riyadh stay on the economy in leased apartments/villas with 2 or 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, living room and some with dining rooms. These too are fully furnished.

    • The intent of leased housing is to have it in locations found acceptable by Force Protection personnel, near other US Military or Embassy personnel.

    There are no USACE or US Embassy funded schools for any age in the Kingdom. Children between age 4 and 18 are not permitted, except for visits.

     

    The environment where families live and work by and large meets Western standards for cleanliness and public health.

    • Several medical resources are available including two small military clinics, one in Riyadh and one in Dhahran.

    • A physician, veterinarian and two experienced independent duty medical technicians.

    • There is a medical clinic with a doctor and nurse. Medical procedures that go beyond that capacity will be referred to off base treatment facilities.

    • All locations are close to a Ministry of Defense and Aviation hospital where both primary and specialty care is available. These facilities were built and equipped to Western standards.

    • The scope of dental care in Saudi Arabia is limited.

    • Personnel and family members must have no chronic illnesses that require close or frequent monitoring. 

    For tours in Saudi Arabia, the current policy is to fund a leased vehicle for work and off duty life support use

    Telephone and Internet Service

    USACE employees are authorized to use the telephone system for morale and welfare calls up to a maximum of 4 hours per month.  Command sponsored families are allowed an additional 4 hours for a maximum of 8 hours per month. Any overages will be charged and billed to the employee by the minute.  

     

     

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    Base Facilities: There is a full service Post Office, Commissary and Post Exchange. There is also a post gas station (for government vehicles only)

    Shopping: Shopping is abundant with numerous large malls and souqs within the Kingdom.

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    No alcohol consumption within the Kingdom proper

    No pork consumption within the Kingdom proper

    Driving in Riyadh is extremely hectic and congested.

    Restrictions on women

    • Women are not allowed to drive a motorized vehicle in Saudi Arabia, except for Eskan Village.
    • Off of Eskan Village, women must adapt to restricted freedoms.
    • Women may not be a passenger in a vehicle with a man who is not a relative or an assigned driver.
    • The dress code for women is very restrictive in most areas of Saudi Arabia with a requirement for arms and legs to be covered.

     

    • United Arab Emirates

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      The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE,UAE FACTBOOK MPA is a federal absolute monarchy in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. In 2013, the UAE's population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million were Emirati citizens and 7.8 million were expatriates.

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      Housing in the UAE consists of apartments and villas (large townhomes) with three to five bedrooms.

      Electrical current in Abu Dhabi is 220 volts.  

      The Link to Educational Guide includes information about options, tuition, the application process, etc., and will help you prepare and plan.

      Timing is critical. You will need to make education decisions before you arrive. Recommend that you begin the process as soon as you receive your assignment notification.

      The Embassy cannot ensure that your child’s application will be accepted. All schools in Abu Dhabi are private and tend to be selective. There are no guaranteed admissions here, particularly for children with special needs or behavioral/academic concerns.

      The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is the only Department of State sponsored school at this Post. It is a private Pre-K through 12 school. (Pre-K is referred to as “KG1” in the UAE.) And each child must apply as an individual.

      There are a number of accredited schools in Abu Dhabi which you may want to consider for your child’s education. For instance, GEMS American Academy is becoming another popular option for students within the embassy community.

      Specials Needs programs are very limited in Abu Dhabi. In general, the schools have almost no formal special needs curriculum. Those that do, tend to educate children under age 14. Many of these options are only available for Emirati citizens. If you have a child with an established IEP (Individual Education Program), it may be very difficult to continue the educational support standard suggested in the plan.

      PRESCHOOLS

      Please email CLOAbuDhabi@state.gov for a copy of the most recent US Embassy, Abu Dhabi Overseas Childcare Report.

      Seats at preschools tend to fill quickly. Often you will be able to register on a school’s waiting list if they have one, but generally they don’t accept new children before they arrive in Abu Dhabi. They also prefer to interview the parent and the child at the same session. Most nurseries begin normal operations between 8 and 9 in the morning and let out between 1 and 2 in the afternoon.

      Full business hours daycare is not widely available in the UAE.

      Many schools provide a full-day pre-K program or KG1. However, the KG1 program is not covered by education allowances. Tuition for KG1 (preschool) and daycare ranges between $7,000 and $15,000 USD per year.

      There is a Health Unit staffed with two part-time nurses, one full-time nurse, and a part-time nurse practitioner. There are also two Regional Medical Officers based in Abu Dhabi who travel to other Posts frequently.

      There’s a Regional Medical Officer Psychiatrist based at Post and another that travels occasionally from Manama, Bahrain.

      The clinic is open Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Appointments are encouraged.

      Vehicles of all types, new and used, can be purchased at dealerships and from private sellers in Abu Dhabi. Prices on new cars are similar to prices in the U.S. Larger models are popular. You can sometimes buy an embassy member’s POV at a very good price.

      The extreme temperatures and sand can be hard on cars. If you purchase a vehicle before you arrive, you may want to look into special packages that can be added to your car for high temperatures. Although expensive, they can give you some piece of mind when the temperatures rise.

      The following are restrictions on importing cars:

      • Pick-up trucks cannot be imported.

      • Vehicles with more than 30% tinted windows cannot be imported.

      • All vehicles must pass a vehicle inspection upon arrival regardless of age.

      • The vehicle inspection consists of a check of safety features (e.g., ensuring headlights, brakes, brake lights and turn signals are in operating order). Careful attention is also given to the appearance of the body of the vehicle, which will be scrutinized for rust, dents and scratches. A vehicle will likely fail inspection if the body shows any sign of rust or other damage, including severe scratches.

      Hybrid cars are not commonly found here and repairs and service for hybrids may be difficult to find.

      Many parts for US-specs POV may not be available here. They will have to be shipped in from the US.

      If you ship a vehicle, expect it to take up to two months to arrive.

      Rental cars are available.

      Taxis and buses are clean, safe, and inexpensive.

       

       

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