Living in Saudi Arabia

International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Saudi Arabia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do I need to know about living in Saudi Arabia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Saudi Arabia, they said:

"Bring your yoga mat, fill up your kindle, and download some movies - this may be the place for you if you are looking for a retreat from the busy world outside," said another expat in Sakaka.

"You will have great fun. Just make sure you get housed on Arabian Homes or The Cove. Arabian Homes is an open compound, a bit out in the sticks (17Km from Royal COmmission) and is a mature compound i.e. a bit faded. The Cove is westerners only, in the Royal Commission and is brand-new. But it's very popular and not easy to get into. May be a waiting list," added another expat who made the move to Yanbu.

"Only accept a job that provides accommodation on a western compound (key to access of facilites/ friends/ parties) especailly for women- it would be a nightmare for a western woman to "live out." If you have kids, ensure school fees will be paid," explained one expat living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

"Be open minded, expect little, and keep in mind what you're here for; be it the money or quality family time," mentioned another in Khamis Mushayt.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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