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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 06, 2024

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:

"My advice would be to take it easy - your company should do most of the work although on arrival be ready for an information overload as well as not sleeping very well in the first few weeks and don't worry it takes a few weeks to settle but you will adapt very quickly and get out there ! join every club etc you can ! it is hard to meet people and always remember your manners as it stands to you for the next invite," explained one expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"The best information I would give to someone moving to Saudi Arabia is: do not bring anything with you that you cannot carry in your suitcase. We recently moved back to Saudi and the customs gave us a very bad time with our home shipment. They broke new furniture, charged us duty on our used electronics, put things from someone elses shipment in ours and I imagine put some of ours in someone elses. There are numerous things missing and broken. We figure it is just another way to harras Americans," said one expat in Riyadh.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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