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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: People describe Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a modern city with a relaxed atmosphere. Expats love the convenience of living in Dhahran, as it is close to the airport and has a variety of shopping and dining options. The weather in Dhahran is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $1,500 per month. The approximate population of Dhahran is around 100,000 people.

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What do I need to know about living in Dhahran?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Dhahran should be aware that the city is a closed military base and is only accessible to those with a valid work permit or residency visa. Additionally, the city is subject to the laws and customs of Saudi Arabia, which may be different from those of the expat's home country. Expats should also be aware that the city is a dry city, meaning that the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Furthermore, expats should be aware that the city is a conservative one, and that they should dress and behave appropriately in public. Finally, expats should be aware that the city is a very hot and humid place, and that they should take precautions to protect themselves from the heat," remarked one expat who made the move to Dhahran.

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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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