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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 08, 2024

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Saudi Arabia should begin by researching the local real estate market. It is important to understand the different types of properties available, the prices, and the locations. Expats should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for in a home. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Saudi Arabia, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own land, and they must obtain permission from the Ministry of Interior before purchasing a property. Houses in Saudi Arabia typically include amenities such as air conditioning, satellite TV, and internet access. Some homes may also include a swimming pool, a garden, and a garage.

How do I find a place to live in Saudi Arabia?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"My husband chose this place because it is close to his office, and the house is large enough to accomodate us," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Riyadh.

"Finding an appropriate place to live in Saudi Arabia can be a daunting task. Depending on your budget and the area you are looking to live in, there are a variety of ways to find the best place for you. Consider browsing online real estate portals such as Tamleek.sa or Ekar.sa, which feature a variety of housing options for rent or for sale within certain cities and towns. Another option is to contact a local real estate agency, which can help you find suitable properties in and around the city of your choice. You may also consider joining expat and local social media groups in the city that you plan to live in, to help you get advice and tips on finding the right place. Lastly, leveraging the power of social networks in finding a suitable home is also beneficial, as you can be connected with people who have recently moved to the city and can provide helpful insights," explained one person living 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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