Al Hada Staff Housing
The housing complex at Al-Hada surrounds the hospital
facilities. The surrounding grounds are lushly landscaped with palm tress,
flower gardens. There are outside swimming pools and tennis courts. The
community centre, grocery store, cafeteria, barber shop, donut shop, banks
and dry cleaners complete the campus.
Accommodations: The housing consists of 4 & 5 story apartment
buildings. Single housing at Al-Hada consists of a modern furnished two-bedroom
apartment, each employee has a private bedroom and bathroom and shares
a living room, kitchen and balcony with one other person. Free washer and
dryers are located on each floor. Apartments are equipped with basic furnishings.
Linens, telephones, pots & pans, dishes etc., some may even have a
Restaurants: Because social life centres mainly around the home,
there are only a few restaurants in Taif. Some local restaurant include
China Restaurant - very good Chinese food, moderately expensive; Pizza
Hut & Wendy' s- Identical to those found in the states but more expensive.
Intercontinental Hotel serves an excellent evening buffet. Middle Eastern
Restaurant, excellent and expensive.
Community Centre & Recreation Services:
All though there is a membership fee of 150 SR ($40) per year, the membership allows you free use of the facilities, a free mail box as well
as reduced rates to Jeddah, to the beach or sightseeing.
Inside Community Center
- Indoor & outdoor pool
- Video tape rental - for 50 cents (2SR)
- Exercise room with weights & exercise tapes
- Bowling Alleys
- Courts for Tennis, squash and Racquet ball
- Gymnasium for volleyball and basketball
- Theatre for amateur staff productions
- Telephone Exchange for long distance calls.
In addition to the recreation centre there is also:
Beauty shop & barber shop
Dry cleaning & laundry
Supermarket - offers a wide variety of fresh and frozen food at competitive
prices. It is open 7 days a week until 10:00 pm but closes during prayer
Cafeteria-offers a variety of fresh and frozen food at competitive prices.
It is open until late so staff coming off the night shifts can have a good
Doughnut & Coffee shop
Weekly Shopping trips to Jeddah. Cost 14SR - About $5.
Bus Service: Located on the bulletin board in the hospital is a complete
listing of the hospital bus service. The buses transport personnel to all
facilities and to the main shopping centre in Taif. The trip to the local
souq takes 15 minutes.
Employee Health: operates an employee health unit, which is located
in the outpatient clinics. The unit provides staff with full health care
including immunisations. It operates on a regular schedule.