Expat Guide to Living in Riyadh
Whether you're already living in Riyadh or preparing to move to Riyadh, our Expat Guide to Living in Saudi Arabia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Riyadh. For answers to specific questions, visit our Saudi Arabia Forum to talk with expats in Riyadh.
Expats living in Riyadh face a number of adjustments. Women have to learn to wear an abaya in public and are not allowed drive. Western compounds often enable expat families to relax and live like they do at home. In this article, expats offer tips for newcomers to Riyadh.
Anna Coquelin, originally from Guernsey, has just started her second year teaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and says: "It's the best thing I've ever done; I really love it here."
A woman from New Zealand accepted a job in a hospital in Riyadh. Although the hospital and job was English-speaking, she enrolled in Arabic classes at a university. She found the culture and treatment of women extremely challenge at times, but knew what she was getting into when she accepted the job.
More Culture Shock Reports for Riyadh
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Riyadh handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Riyadh:
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Living Overseas Report
What are people's priorities in Riyadh - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Riyadh by filling out our Living Overseas Report.
Submit a Living Overseas Report
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Riyadh Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Riyadh? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Riyadh? Below are some of the responses from expats in Riyadh:
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Reviews of Schools in Riyadh
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Riyadh. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Riyadh:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Riyadh Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Riyadh. If you are already living in Riyadh, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Riyadh:
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Riyadh by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Riyadh Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Riyadh? Below are some of the reports from expats in Riyadh:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Riyadh? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Riyadh? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report