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Moving to Rabigh, Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Rabigh, Saudi Arabia: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Rabigh.

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What do I need to know before moving to Rabigh?

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

"Expats moving to Rabigh should be aware that the official language is Arabic, although English is widely spoken in business and by expats. It's important to respect the local customs and laws, which are based on Islamic principles. Women are required to wear an abaya, a loose-fitting black cloak, in public, and it's also recommended for them to cover their hair. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, and penalties for possession can be severe. The work week runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. The climate in Rabigh is desert-like, with very hot summers and mild winters. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living can be high, particularly for housing and international schooling. Healthcare facilities in Rabigh are generally good, with a range of public and private hospitals and clinics available. Driving is the most common form of transport, but the driving style can be aggressive and accidents are common. Public displays of affection are frowned upon and can even lead to legal trouble. Finally, expats should be aware that during the holy month of Ramadan, eating, drinking, and smoking in public during daylight hours is forbidden," said one expat who made the move to Rabigh.

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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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