Life in Tabuk

Tabuk province, located in the far north west of Saudi Arabia boasts many of the natural and historical wonders of this fascinating country.

Tabuk’s imposing sandstone stacks and mountains are part of the formation which originates in Wadi Rum Jordan and spirals down the province to the south.

Nestled within the shadows of these ancient rocks are some of the oldest examples of cave art known to man. Depictions of hunting scenes and domesticated animals date back tens of thousands of years and it is not uncommon to simply stumble across examples of these wonders accidently!

Along with imposingly impressive rock formations, rolling sand dunes and inactive volcanoes Tabuk province is known for its Red sea coast line.

Tabuk’s Red sea coast line houses one of the world’s most stunning and untouched coral reefs imaginable. Stretching up to the Gulf of Aqaba it is not uncommon to dive with dolphins or snorkel with clown fish, manta rays or turtles.

Tabuk province has a rich and varied history with many ancient civilizations leaving their footprint upon the region. The exquisitely ornate Nabatean tombs at Madain Saleh rival those of Petra and the ruins of the Ottoman built Hijaz railway are easily accessible from Tabuk city.

More than simply a region of historical importance, Tabuk is playing a key role in the development and modernization of the Kingdom.

NEOM, the countries ambitious $500 billon mega city cited to become the Kingdom’s epicenter for leisure, tourism and industry stretches along the coastline of Tabuk.

Within the city limits of Tabuk you will find traditional souqs, colourful markets and restaurants alongside modern supermarkets and western eateries.

While working at BISR Tabuk teaching staff will live on Tabuk Garden Village Compound. This luxury complex (purpose built for BAE employees) resembles a 5-star holiday resort.  Tennis courts, bowling alleys and swimming pools are all accessible to residents.

Villas are spacious, gardens lush, and the compound teems with plant and bird life. Mango and citreous trees along with banana plants provide shade in the hot summer months.

Being at an elevation of 760 metres Tabuk experiences seasonal weather and it is not uncommon to have frost and the occasional snow in the winter months, something not many people expect in the desert!

Adventure, exploration and the great outdoors all await those who come to teach at BISR Tabuk.