City - Tabuk
Tabuk, the capital city of Tabuk Province in northwestern Saudi Arabia, is a 44 mile oasis, surrounded by date palms, which faces Egypt across the Red Sea. Tabuk stands at an elevation of 2274 feet, and is one of the fastest growing centers in the Kingdom, with a population of 441,352 (2004 census). The Tabuk region dates back to 3,500 years ago, and is identified with the land of Maydan and Dedan mentioned in the Bible and the Qur’an; its inhabitants are said to be descendants of Noah. Located in a region that exports flowers to Europe, the city of Tabuk is not only agriculturally advanced, but it has many industries and a large military base. The military is the largest employer in Tabuk.
Tabuk has a number of important landmarks. Among these are an Ottoman fort, which dates back to 1694, and the Mosque of the Prophet, which was reconstructed in the 1960’s. There are a number of archaeological sites in Tabuk, the most notable of which is Al Bidaa. There is also an early twentieth century railway station from the now defunct Hijaz line.
Tabuk has an international airport, and it is connected by highway to both the eastern cities of the Kingdom and Amman, Jordan. Tabuk’s desert climate is hot in the summer and mild in the winter. Rain falls between November and March, with precipitation ranging from two to six inches. Every three or four years, there is some snow in Tabuk. As in all Saudi cities, women are required to wear the abaya, a long black overgarment, and men are not allowed to wear shorts. Most living accommodations for Westerners are fully furnished.
Tabuk has a university and an assortment of private and public schools. There are many job openings for ESL teachers and university instructors. This city has a great deal to offer for Western teachers who can appreciate the beauty of an oasis community, the stimulation of ancient history , and the energy of a growing industrial center.