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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 03, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is 4.2 million. People describe Jeddah as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of modern and traditional culture. Expats love the city's diverse culture, its beautiful beaches, and its vibrant nightlife. The weather in Jeddah is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (18-35 Celsius). The average cost of living in Jeddah for an expat is around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500-$700 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $700-$1,000 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Jeddah?

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

"Only accept a job that provides accommodation on a western compound (key to access of facilites/ friends/ parties) especailly for women- it would be a nightmare for a western woman to "live out." If you have kids, ensure school fees will be paid," remarked one expat who made the move to Jeddah.

"Expats considering retiring in Jeddah should be aware that the city is a conservative Islamic society and that they should respect local customs and laws. It is important to note that alcohol and pork are strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia. Expats should also be aware that the climate in Jeddah is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching up to 40°C in the summer months. Additionally, expats should be aware that the cost of living in Jeddah is relatively high, and that they should budget accordingly. Finally, expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Jeddah is of a high standard, but that they may need to pay for private healthcare if they require specialist treatment," explained one expat living in Jeddah, 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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