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Pros and Cons of Living in Saudi Arabia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 08, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Saudi Arabia include access to a wide variety of cultural experiences, a strong economy, and a high standard of living. Additionally, the country is home to some of the world's most beautiful landscapes and is a great place to explore the Middle East. On the other hand, the cons of living in Saudi Arabia include strict laws and regulations, a lack of freedom of speech, and a lack of religious freedom. Additionally, the country is known for its conservative culture and gender roles, which can be difficult for some to adjust to.

What are the pros and cons of living in Saudi Arabia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Saudi Arabia responded:

"I've been living in Saudi Arabia for 4 years now, in overall is very good experience, my husband and I work for Interval Plus Crossfit, the company is very responsable, we got a very good offer including housing, transportation, health insurance... Saudi people is super welcoming, they will take care of you when you come here. We had the change to make some road trips and the roads are in very good conditions, many new heritage places to discover. I will recommend to anybody to come here to enjoy and embrace the culture," explained one expat in Jeddah.

"Expats and digital nomads living in Saudi Arabia appreciate the country's rich culture and history, as well as its modern infrastructure and amenities. They also enjoy the low cost of living, as well as the fact that the country is a tax-free zone. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the country's strict laws and regulations, as well as its conservative culture, to be restrictive. Additionally, the lack of nightlife and entertainment options can be a downside for some," said one expat in Saudi Arabia.

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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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