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Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?
It's a good city for adaptable people able to make their own fun. If you like going out you're going to have to work hard and speak a language. - Sep 19, 2016
For single people take a good look at your coworkers because that's your dating pool.
For couples your other half should have some work lined up (telework or at the Embassy) otherwise you will go crazy with cabin fever. - Jun 9, 2016
This is a pretty dull city all around - the downtown closes at 6 or 7pm every night. Most entertaining is done in the home. The younger folks say there are a few clubs, although they don't sound thrilled with them, but they do exist. There are no bars as we know them, and most public gathering places are by custom male only. - Mar 15, 2014
Not really, unless you like to sit at home and play games. There is nothing to do, no movie theaters, bowling alleys. - Oct 25, 2013
Living here is fairly dull in general, for couples or singles. There were no families in our embassy with school-age kids when I was there. - Dec 18, 2011
Probably not so great for singles and families. Could be a bit too dangerous. We were there as a couple and entertained each other and had the local Algerians to look after us. - Sep 23, 2008
Can be good for couples and open-minded singles. Most of the wives get bored and decide to leave the country. - May 9, 2008
It's a good city for couples. Singles have a hard time dating and families with kids don't have any outlets for the kids. There are very limited activities even when the security situation isn't so rough. - Mar 4, 2008
For families, the city itself isn't the problem as there would be outlets and activities for children if it were secure. However, the limitations imposed on us because of the security situation, while difficult, wouldn't be half so difficult if the leadership at the Embassy were more responsive to the needs of families. Unfortunately they have not been. In fact, such requests by those of us with families have been dismissed or ignored. - Mar 3, 2008
This is a post with danger pay and it's there for a reason. If you're single and outgoing, there is always something to do with other employees and, when the security situation permits, out in town. Same for a childless couple. I would not recommend this post for people with children. There is no infrastructure for kids, no place to take them, and the security situation is unsettled. - Feb 25, 2008