Well, let's see what the State Department recommends.
Potential for Terrorist Activity: Spontaneous and violent anti-government demonstrations occur in Bahrain, particularly at night and on weekends. Demonstrations sometimes result in blocked highways and unofficial checkpoints, and participants occasionally throw rocks, Molotov cocktails, and utilize improvised explosive devices and shotgun-like projectile launchers. The Ministry of Interior maintains official checkpoints and routinely uses tear gas, stun grenades, and other crowd dispersal techniques against demonstrators.
Avoid all demonstrations, as foreigners could become victims of collateral damage. To date, no U.S. citizens have been specifically targeted during protest activity. Local media outlets have sometimes expressed anti-U.S. sentiment, and demonstrators have occasionally burned U.S. flags.
Remain alert to local security developments. For assistance, call the local police at 999.
That's probably a no then. I don't want that to be my first job abroad, at least. Maybe build up to the molotov cocktail countries.
Also, what's the attire situation at these places? Western business suits acceptable? And anyway, the only suit I currently have is thick, which is fine for Glasgow but less so for deserts.
I was also offered a job in Dubai for two days. Let's check that.
Terrorism: U.S. citizens in the United Arab Emirates should exercise a high level of security awareness, even though law enforcement units have effectively demonstrated the capacity to detect, deter, and prevent acts of terrorism in the UAE. The Department of State remains concerned about the global threat of terrorism, including the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. Both historical and current information suggest that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Qaida, and affiliated organizations continue to plan attacks against Western targets; these attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassination, kidnapping, hijacking, and bombing. U.S. citizens should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with caution. In addition, U.S. citizens should avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects and report the presence of the objects to local authorities. U.S. government personnel overseas have been advised to take the same precautions. U.S. government facilities may temporarily close or suspend public services from time to time as necessary to review their security posture and ensure its adequacy.
Eh...I don't know about all of that. Makes me reconsider the Bahrain warning. Dubai is supposed to be pretty safe, from everything I know (which isn't much).
Anyway, I'll pass on both of these. I told this guy that I'm interested in jobs starting in June. These start in late May. I'm trying to delay this because I'm not looking forward to these jobs.
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