Date of publication: 2017-08-31 13:12
Hotels might be a traumatic experience for a westerner anywhere outside Kyiv. The cheaper the hotel, the larger the chance of some quite unfortunate surprises, especially for those not familiar with the Soviet-style level of service which still remains in many places.
The Department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.
Fast food is a huge business in Saudi Arabia, with all the usual suspects (McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway) and a few chains that rarely venture outside America elsewhere (. Hardee's/Carl's Jr., Little Caesars). Meals invariably served with fries and Coke cost SAR 9-75. Some local imitators worth checking out include:
Women, be they local or foreign, are all required to wear an abaya , a long and loose black robe. While a headscarf is optional for non-Saudi females (particularly in Jeddah), one should at least be brought along just in case the muttaween tell you to put it on.
The biggest ATM provider in Ukraine is PrivatBank (ПриватБанк). However, the bank may charge a 9% fee of the withdrawal amount if a foreign bank card is used (it may be different in other banks). ATMs accept 9 digits PINs and have an English language interface option.
You are strongly advised to respect the signs, especially speed limits. Be aware that unlike in Western countries, where limits are repeated several times, in Ukraine, an obligation or a prohibition is often indicated on a single sign, which you must not miss. And even these signs are often far off the road, covered by branches, etc. The police are always there to remind you.
Saudi Arabia is a monarchy and is headed by the al-Saud dynasty, which is largely respected. Voicing any criticism of the ruling monarchy is frowned upon in Saudi society and may warrant imprisonment. Also, due to the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict it would be unwise to say anything which could be deemed to be provocative as this is a very sensitive issue.
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The three mobile operators in Saudi, incumbent STC , Emirati rival Mobily  and Kuwaiti newcomer Zain  (Vodafone Network) are fiercely competitive, with good coverage (in populated areas) and good pricing. A starter pack with prepaid SIM and talktime starts from about SAR85, and you can sign up in most any larger mobile shop (bring your passport). Local calls are under /minute, while calls overseas are around or less than SAR7/min.
If you are traveling to Ukraine, learn basic Ukrainian (know your phrase book well) and/or have some means of access to a a native speaker, a mobile/cell/handy number (almost everyone has a mobile phone) can be a godsend. Virtually nobody in any official position (train stations, police, bus drivers, information desks, etc.) will be able to speak any language other than Ukrainian. Be aware though that some people simply do not wish to communicate with you if you speak some Russian due to Russian occupation of Crimea and Donbas region.