Home Saudi Arabia Forum Saudi Arabia Guide Moving to Saudi Arabia Real Estate Healthcare in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Resources
City Guides
JoinSign In
Take the 2020 Expat Exchange Survey

Khamis Mushayt >

An Expat Talks about Living in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Khamis Mushayt

How long have you lived there?

5 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are a wide variety of things to do from bowling to scubadiving, computerclubs to western style party establishments.

Expats living in Saudi Arabia interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Get a Quote

Expats living in Saudi Arabia interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

When first in transit to Khamis Mushayt I was told by Saudi customs that this town is also known as Khamis Mistake. Compared to the main cities like Daharan, Jeddah and Riyadh, Khamis is somewhat "behind" in time, not as developed and not so rich.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Tourism (many Saudis spend their summer here, for the weather is very mild compared to the rest of the country), argiculture, defense contracts.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Family life is really important but so are sports and socializing, to keep your sanity.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be open minded, expect little, and keep in mind what you're here for; be it the money or quality family time.

Read Next

Culture-Shock-in-Al-KhobarAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

An expat in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia appreciates how accepting the locals were of his family and how they live their lives day to day. He found prayer time and the fact that stores are closed during the middle of the day a challenge. He admits that life in Al Khobar was more challenging for expat women, who have to be transported everywhere and have more rules to live by.

Moving-to-Saudi-ArabiaMoving to Saudi Arabia

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.

5-Tips-for-Living-in-Jeddah5 Tips for Living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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.

Take the 2020 Expat Exchange Survey

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.
addacomment

Comments about this Report

guest
May 9, 2012 15:15

I was interested to read your comments on life in Khamis Mushayt. Pretty spot-on! I went to Khamis Mushayt for the first time in late October 1988. Really didn't know what to expect being an Independent Scottish woman in her 20's. No more walking freely in the street, no more cycling...no more freedom! Met an Australian girl on the areoplane en route to Khamis with same outlook on life as myself. "Whatever happens lets enjoy the experience at least for a short time". I can honestly say that the first 3 years were like no other I had ever experienced despite all "the restrictions". New culture, new language, new friends, new sports, new job.....AMAZING. Married a Syrian...friend married a Saudi. I had 6 children all born in Abha. Now they are teenagers with fantastic memories of their school years and youth in Khamis Mushayt. We are living in Syria now but are returning to Saudi this Summer...much to the delight of our children. So yeah ,,,your right be open minded...you never know what might happen! Something wonderful that will change your life for the better.

shahjahan
Dec 30, 2015 13:44

Hi I'm interested to know about Indian schooling there as planing to shift with family in april16. Family flat /month rent. We have to pay monthly or quarterly rent. Is it safer place to live with family. I mean social life, food etc. Climate & I heard there is lack of oxygen. Pls guide.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Saudi Arabia from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Expats-in-Saudi-ArabiaMoving to Saudi Arabia

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....

Expats-in-Saudi-Arabia5 Tips for Living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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. ...

Retirement-In-Al-KhobarAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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. ...

Saudi Arabia Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2020 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal