I have returned to the US, and my last eight years were working on major projects in the Gulf not for a company, but directly for the Crown Prince. I've returned, retired-ish at 35 but I'd like to pick up some work. I'm applying for a local government position, which requires my previous supervisor's contact information. As bureaucracy dictates, I can't just ring this potential employer to explain.
Even if a local HR department here on the West Coast were to call (12hr time difference, mind you, so at midnight) to get someone on the line, they'd not get through. I have paperwork showing I was employed, and even promoted twice, but in the reference section, I don't feel like putting my supervisor "His Highness, Sheikh XYZ, Phone: +971...." would be at all appropriate.
For those who have worked abroad - how did you handle this? What do you put in the reference section; and have I made myself unemployable?
Aside: this is Urban Planning, if that makes a difference, and I'm located on the West Coast of the United States, after working in the Gulf.