Moving to Saudi Arabia
Last updated on May 15, 2023
Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Saudi Arabia for the opportunity to experience a different culture and to take advantage of the country's strong economy. Additionally, the country offers a wide range of job opportunities for those looking to work in the Middle East. People looking to find a place to live in Saudi Arabia can search online for rental properties or contact a real estate agent. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Saudi Arabia are Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.
What do I need to know before moving to Saudi Arabia?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Saudi Arabia, they said:
"**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," said one expat in Riyadh.
"Keep an open mind. Things are much different here. Somethings are better, example: my kids can play outside safely all the times. And, somethings are worse, not being able to drive limits when and how I can do my shopping, etc," said one expat who made the move to Dhahran.
How do I find a place to live in Saudi Arabia?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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