Posting an ad is Free and I found it to be useful in finding my place. Write back soon! I also visited many other expat compounds in Riyadh and also Jeddah and Al-Khobar. Getting caught practicing your religion even in private risks getting raided by the Muttaween and punished with severe penalties.
Reading what you have written I am not sure what to say as you are obviously describing some mythical land as the Saudi Arabia I know is nothing like you describe; I see Saudi woman being dropped off at the hospital gym to be picked up 10 minutes later by a different man.
I would like to go to Mexico for an exploratory trip, only in villages or small towns on the coast. We struggle to support elderly parents and grandparents who find themselves living alone after losing a spouse, but we are puzzled if they tell us they prefer to remain alone.
No problem. The best of luck in finding a compound or an apartment and I hope that you enjoy living and working in Saudi Arabia as much as I have. The area united under him became known as Saudi Arabia. I lost my father while in Canada and now I am totally alone with no support in India to encourage me and say we will manage you come back.
When I moved to Jeddah however, I elected to live off compound and experience more about the local life here. Part of me is so worried I will just end up going for another 2 years and then repeating this pattern and ending up back here in NY even later in life trying to make do…I am the poster-boy for this ex-pat dilemma…my gut is telling me to pack up and buy the ticket today though just because until I have more of this program completed I have to wait longer before I can teach in NY so I feel where leaving all my friends, family, pets and hometown is very sad and stressful; working for a few years at a job I cannot stand and feel miserable about is much worse for my career down the road.