That's right, Stu has taken a job in Saudi Arabia. :) We didn't want to say anything before it was all figured out, just in case we didn't get the job. But, yesterday Stu received his offer letter and it looks like we're good to go. We'd been getting somewhat tired of UAE anyway, so we figured with the American ecomony in turmoil, going somewhere else overseas was the best decision for now.
A little bit about the job: It's basically the same thing he's doing here, airplanes and whatnot, but we will get to live on a compound there with other expats. The only somewhat scary thing is that when we go off the compound (for grocery shopping and going to and from the airport) we will have to have a police or military escort. Of course I will have to wear a burka when I am in public as well. I haven't done much research on what men wear though, so I am not sure if Stu will have to change his attire too or not.
We're told it is pretty safe though. The last mishap was a couple of years ago when there was a beheading after a case of mistaken identity. We've been told that the company gives us free bullet-proof vests to wear if it makes us feel more comfortable, but we really just think we'll avoid leaving the compound as much as possible.
Since this was somewhat short notice, we're just trying to get as much of our apartment packed to move before we leave for our Rome trip. We'll be expected to be in country by the end of the month, so it doesn't give us much time to pack after we get back from our trip.
(For those who have failed to notice the date yet, Happy April Fools Day! :) And, to make it extra clear for the grandparents out there currently crapping their pants, I'm just joking, we're staying in the UAE for now. See? UAE isn't so bad... it could always be worse! :))