I'm one of the owners of ExpatExchange.com, and we are planning on expanding the information we have on Saudi Arabia.
We are starting with information about the compounds there. If you are able to provide details about them, we would greatly appreciate everything you have to share. Just respond to this thread if you can help!
Similarly, anyone that would like to contribute to all of the areas we cover for Saudi Arabia, your contributions would be greatly welcomed. Please just respond to this thread if you are interested.
1) Eid Compound - Compound Manager Mr. Ahmad Farid 80% Europeans no Saudi residents. Compound Facilities:1 main swimming pool, swimming pool to etch 6 villas Recreation, gym, children's playing ground, Air flight reservation office, gift store, Hair Salon, super market, coffee shop and restaurant. Compound contact number: 2483366 Estimated number of residents 1000
2) Ranco Village -
Compound Manager: Mr. Ahmad Al-Rabia Compound facilities: recreation, gym, coffee and restaurant, super market, swimming pool, 60% Europeans. Compound contact number: 4924411
3) Kingdom Compound -
60% Arabs 40% Europeans no Saudi residents. Compound Facilities: recreation in door basket ball court, out side volley ball court foot ball field, super market, swimming pool, gym, children's playing ground, Air flight reservation office, Hair Salon, gift shop coffee shop and restaurant. Compound contact number 2750275
Hope the above information will help.
Will e-mail you more details as an when i have something.
I am about to move to Delta Compound and a colleague is at Al Wadi. Delta accomodation is just OK,older and less well kept than Al Wadi, no views except of walls, and the surroundings are tight with narrow alleys and no shop/restaurant.There is a bus available several times a day for shopping trips though, and a local store nearby. The pool and tennis court are small but good condition and the gym well equipped for small groups.
Al Wadi is more isolated and entered through ghastly razor wire and a machine gun emplacement but that said,once inside the security gates it is far more salubrious and newer than Delta both in Accom and in amenities. More expensive of course.There is a high proportion of Europeans at Al Wadi and more Indian/Pakistanis at Delta from my observations.Will let you know more when I move in next week.
I created a website when I lived in Jeddah that is still lurking in cyberspace www.geocities.com/jeddahinfo that has a long list of compounds on it - from what I gather from friends still there it hasn't changed much! Hope this helps.
Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions. We essentially are just trying to create a list of compounds in Saudi Arabia that will be useful for anyone trying to find a place. It will be used to enhance the content we offer to expats headed into KSA. It would great to have as many listed as possible, and we prefer to create an article and directly paste in our member's opinions right into the body of the text. Any help is appreciated... and thanks for all the help posted so far!
Hello all, I'm going for a final interview for a role in Riyadh. And i'd like anyone/everyones help. I'm to work out my costings. So.... -How much is a 2-bed place in a nice compound ? -How much is car rental ? -What else should i factor in ?
Hi, I am going to be moving to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh and living in the delta 2 compound as I am going to be working as a pilates personal trainer for Al Manahil Spa (www.almanahil.com.sa). Just wanted some info on any of the above as I come from Johanessburg South Africa and I am not sure how the lifestyle is in Saudi Arabia at all, heard it is quite strict and very different. Any feedback would be great! Thanks!
I have prepared a list of all 42 compounds in Riyadh with their phone numbers, websites and emails (if exist)... but unfortunately most of them are full! Any way... how can I share the list with the other members?
Hi, I would love to see the list of the compounds if you wouldn't mind sending them to me. I will be looking for a place in December, so any info ahead of time would be great! My email is [email protected]
I have just arrived in The Kingdom accompanying my husband. We moved into the Arizona Golf Resort compound. It is quite lovely compared to the rest of the landscape here. I have only been here a week so I have very limited opnions. The compound has a nine hole golf course that our villa backs up to. It also has a stable with a lone horse, many, many goats (all sizes), lots of skinny noisy chickens and the grounds are roamed by numerous cats that appear quite successful at begging. The swimming pool area is very resort like with a small restuarant that is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu has a variety of cuisines, and so far all have been delicious. We have a small general store, a state of the art recreation facility, baseball diamond, roller hockey rink and lots of open land to walk. I am quite happy with the facility but miss my camine companion extremely. Many pet dogs out here. I am going to look into what it takes to get mine here. I hope this has been helpful.
Hey , Ive been to the Azzam camp out north of Jeddah , Its clean and friendly , mostly for the airlines so its quiet as its mainly a stop-over and rest spot , the food etc is good and staff are great, the rooms are 150sar per one night (single) and a house is 700sar 3 rooms , the compound has a large pool and play area for kids , two resturants , italian and chinese, a gym, and recreational area for snooker , ping pong , fuzz ball ,and a supermarket , its about 15 minutes car journey to the beach area and 25 to the mall of arabia for those that like a shopping spree , 25min to all the restruants near the american embassy ie chillis , tgi fridays , ruby tuesdays etc,. its very secure and there are some families and single expats living there , but again the few times ive been its been quiet about the place although the manager said it was fully booked.
Hi, I moved to jeddah in the summer as a single young female and choose to stay in a hotel as I felt more secure. I recommend the HIlton as the best expat hotel as all staff are friendly and its the only hotel in jeddah that has female facilities ( spa, gym, pool, etc). The best beach is the shearton beach where you can meet expats living here.
I live in a compound where a lot of the Prince Moh Univ. faculty and staff are housed. The villas are very roomy -- esp. if you're a single--3 berm 31/2 bath w/ an extra small kitchen on the 2nd floor. There is the traditional guarded entrance complete w/ bunker-like gates and fences. There is a large pool, rec room, workout rm, and a huge rather lavish main hall w/ a big plasma TV on the 1st flr and 20 computers on the 2nd.
All in all, I find it very comfortable. Just enough kids to make it "norma".
The 3 malls--icluding a new IKEA nearby can be walked to--from 3-5 blocks-albeit they can be a bit "dusty" to get to bec. of all the local construction. We are also near the TABA center which is a giant, rather cheap clothing store.
Jeddah compounds I know personally and have freinds there.
Firstly- just because you wnat it and have the money does not mean you will get it! some compounds have a two year wait list- others have villas mass rented by big compnies (even if the villas are empty they are not avaible)
Luck, being determined, very polite to compound managers, using Wasta if your firm is important will all help-
Children- best Basateen- next to conti school (British inerantaional school) -one of the two best schools- IB and IGCSE amazing facilities lots of parties planned actiovities for kids- high quaity accomdation 5* BUT not for me- kids everywhere- no peace, arabic kids playing out late at night, lots of unsepervised kids and beahviour that some of older generation gasp at! graet facilities eg hairdresser is good.
Sierra- my personal favourite- still graet for kids but a better mix. Alot more Americans. (mainly single men) 5*. the best compound for organsised socail evnets - something on nearly every weekend. classical concerts, balls, parties all sorts- residents are often given option to have tickets.
Great grounds, best tennis courts. Next to american school- afraid not rated as highly as other tewo schools - very few European children I think about 95% arabic- but still good.
Conitnental Village- looks great from the outside, but many single placed there are waiting for Sierra. Very quiet, nothing happens BUT a freindly crwod who do organise things. The furnature and villa maintanenec is very poor compared to Arabian homes- wives may not like- men do not seem to notice. shop, squash courts, lovely pool and grounds, but not much else - tennis court short. Still well liked for thiose that want the quiet life. Also for families who like a quiet life- Next to highly rated school Jeddah prep. Full british curriculum. A levels IGCSE, National curriculum and SATS for primary.
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.