It’s Official: We’ve Been Warned

Hey Y’all!! I know it’s been more than a minute since I’ve written a post. What can I say…I’ve been preoccupied, and I’m not in the Kingdom, so…
Anyway…I’m sure some of you have heard about the planned protest in Saudi Arabia in what they are calling the March 11th “Day of Rage.” There is supposedly a FB page that has been attracted a lot of attention.
Following is a message I thought I would share. The U.S. Citizen Community received this warning possible about protests, what to look out for, etc.:
WARDEN MESSAGE
March 7, 2011
The Embassy requests that wardens pass the following message in its entirety to members of the U.S. citizen community:
Participants on a few social media networks have called for a “Day of Rage” to take place across the Kingdom on March 11. The U.S. Embassy cannot verify these calls, nor do we have information about exact times and locations of possible demonstrations. However, we take this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens to be alert to their surroundings, to avoid any large gatherings, and to be mindful that spontaneous demonstrations can occur anywhere. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. If caught unexpectedly near a demonstration, U.S. citizens should obey instructions from the police and leave the area as quickly as possible. Please report all concerns and any demonstrations you may experience to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh or the Consulates General in Dhahran and Jeddah.
All travelers are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the latest travel updates and information: https://travelregistration.state.gov.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to always carry cell phones, and make sure they have emergency numbers pre-programmed into their phones such as the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh (01-488-3800), U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran (03-330-3200), and U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah (02-667-0080).
International mailing address: P.O. Box 94309, Riyadh 11693.
Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: U.S. Embassy, Unit 61307, APO AE 09803-1307.
Telephone: (966) (1) 488-3800
Fax: (966) (1) 483-0773.
U.S. Consulate General Dhahran<http://dhahran.usconsulate.gov/>
International mailing address: P.O. Box 38955, Doha-Dhahran 31942.
Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: Unit 66803, APO AE 09858-6803.
Telephone: (966) (3) 330-3200
Fax: (966) (3) 330-0464.
U.S. Consulate General Jeddah<http://jeddah.usconsulate.gov/>
International mailing address: P.O. Box 149, Jeddah.
Mail may also be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to: Unit 62112, APO AE 09811-2112.
Telephone: (966) (2) 667-0080
Fax
The emergency number for the Saudi Police, Fire, and Rescue is 999.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website<http://travel.state.gov/>, where the current Worldwide Caution<http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html>, Travel Warnings<http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html>, Travel Alerts<http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html>, and Country Specific Information<http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html> can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad<http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html>,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
No. 04/2011
U.S. citizens are reminded to keep their registration up-to-date. See https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ for registration information. You can also review earlier Warden Messages at http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/service/advisories-for-americans-in-ksa/warden-messages.html.
General Inquiries: DhahranACS@state.gov
Registration Inquiries: RegistrationDHR@state.gov
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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.