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Pros and Cons of Living in Saudi Arabia

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 08, 2023

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:

"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," explained one expat living in Saudi Arabia.

"Other than dining out, there are no sources for entertainment. Leisure time is mostly spent in malls. Men have a cess to sporting events like soccer, but women do not. The emphasis on family gatherings and religious observances makes getting to know people and make friends difficult. But if you can and do make friends then they are most accepting and friendly," said one 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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