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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Saudi Arabia? Retirees share their experiences living in Saudi Arabia.

What is it like to retire in Saudi Arabia?

"you can find anything you want, ANYwhere! Start learning the language in use before you get there," explained a retiree in Al-Khobar.

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What are healthcare services like in Saudi Arabia?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Saudi Arabia. They wrote:

"In Arab countries, you do NOT! In Europe, you DO. In America, you DO. In South America, you DON'T. in China, they let you ROT. In Japan, they send you to the USA :-)," said another retiree in Al-Khobar.

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How do I meet people in Saudi Arabia?

When we asked people living in Saudi Arabia about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"We have a remote compound for the western faculty members of Al Jouf University. 75% of us are single. Half are women. Mainly American, Canadian and South African," remarked another retiree in Sakaka.

"There were many expatriate clubs before the 2004 security incident which caused most westerners to leave. Everything from knitting and drama to golf and scuba diving. They all vanished, but are just startign to come back due to the huge influx of westerners to Yanbu because of the gigantic industrial expansion. There are only two western expatriate compounds - Arabian Homes and The Cove. If you live on either, there are many social activities," said a retiree who moved to Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

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What is life like in Saudi Arabia?

When we asked people living in Saudi Arabia what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life here is very quiet. After work, 6 nights a week a compound bus takes us shopping. Women do not leave the compound other than with bus transport. Some men have scooters. Each villa has its own pool and some residents host small gatherings," said another retiree in living in Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.

"Yanbu is an industrial 'new city', but it is very clean and tidy, unlike most Saudi towns. The western housing area of the Royal Commission is very like parts of America. Most westerners in Yanbu are there to work - but it's a great place to socialise and great for things like scuba diving, sailing, dune-buggies etc," explained a retiree in Yanbu.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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What do I need to know before retiring 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," commented one retiree living in Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.

"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," explained one retiree living in Yanbu.

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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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