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An Expat Talks about Moving to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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

Riyadh

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I didn't bring anything, but I wish I had brought my music, movies and an assortment of clothes (ladies items).

What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

**Think ahead. Don't accept something that bothers you even a little bit! It will irritate you later if you get homesick.

**Watch for location of Mosques, visit you "new" villa during prayer time so you can see how loud it is or how busy the streets become on a friday morning.

** Neighbours, I am not a stereotypical person and I love everyone.. until there kids are playing on your doorstep at 3 am or there parties have the police next door.. this is not scary at home, but here it may invite unwelcome complications. Though most officers are understanding.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

We live in a large 5 bedroom private villa with drivers quarters. This is not typical for expatriates. Though a pool and stuff is essential for any expatriate family. But in this area (Al Maseef) it is the norm.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

We found a larger private villa after being in a small compound. It cost the same and now we have our own pool without the harrassment of kids. (Parents allow them to run wild here, with or without supervision to all hours of the night.)

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

By comparison for the size of the house it is much cheaper here. Though for normal housing the price is virtually the same. (keep in mind you should ALWAYS have housing included in your package, this way you can upgrade if you don't like it with little out of pocket expense.)

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