An Expat Talks about Living in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Due to the fact that I was also raised as an expat brat my expectations are not unreasonable. One expects to be able to have a good standard of living and enjoyment in life. For some reason or other this seems to be harder to obtain in ones own country. The move specifically to Saudi Arabia was because I didn't want to live in a "sofisticated" society any longer. It was time to get back to basics again. To go out into the desert and see the stars, watch the sunset and have a fuller social life. Not to have my life run looking at the clock all the time and living up to other people's expectations.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Most of ones expectations have been met. The social life is good, the climate is excellent. We have lots of time to see the stars and watch the sunrise or sunset. To meet and socialise with people of other nations and not be clock watching all the time. All these expectations have been met.
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
I can't honestly think of expectations that haven't been met.
An 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 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.