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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.

5 Tips for Living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi

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.

Guernsey Teacher's Move to Riyadh: "Best Thing I've Ever Done."

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."

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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Riyadh

An expat in Riyadh recommends returning to the US or Europe for medical treatment should the need arise. She found that medical care, even at the top hospital in Riyadh, was substandard.

Culture Shock in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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.

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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:
Submit a Moving Overseas 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:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

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

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:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

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.

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Expats who want to move to the Saudi Arabia should fully explore what it means to move and live there. Read a lot of comments from people who live in Saudi Arabia, and have for a number of years.

Expats who want to move to the Saudi Arabia should fully explore what it means to move and live there. Read a lot of comments from people who live in Saudi Arabia, and have for a number of years....

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Expats in Jeddah offer advice about living on compounds vs living out, where to meet other expats, international schools, raising kids in Jeddah and much more.

Expats in Jeddah offer advice about living on compounds vs living out, where to meet other expats, international schools, raising kids in Jeddah and much more. ...

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A retiree in Al Khobar, who has lived all over the world, talks about retiring abroad.

A retiree in Al Khobar, who has lived all over the world, talks about retiring abroad. ...

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