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Jubail, Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Jubail, Saudi Arabia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Jubail?

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

"Jubail is a modern industrial city located on the east coast of the country, known for its petrochemical and industrial complexes. The city is divided into two main sections: Jubail Industrial City and Jubail Commercial City. Before moving to Jubail, expats should be aware of the strict Islamic laws and customs that govern daily life in Saudi Arabia. This includes dress codes, particularly for women, who are expected to wear an abaya (a loose-fitting black cloak) in public. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, and penalties for possession, consumption, or trafficking of alcohol are severe. The official language is Arabic, and while English is widely spoken in business settings, it can be beneficial to learn some basic Arabic phrases. The climate in Jubail is desert-like, with very hot summers and mild winters. Sandstorms are common during the spring and summer months. Healthcare facilities in Jubail are of a high standard, with a number of hospitals and clinics available. However, it's recommended that expats have comprehensive health insurance. The cost of living in Jubail is relatively high, especially when it comes to housing. Most expats live in compounds, which are gated communities that offer a range of amenities and a more relaxed lifestyle. The city offers a variety of recreational activities, including water sports, desert safaris, and shopping. There are also several international schools in Jubail, making it a suitable place for expats with families. Driving is the most common mode of transportation in Jubail, and the city has a well-developed road network. However, traffic can be heavy, and driving standards are often poor. Saudi Arabia has strict laws regarding work permits and visas, so it's important to ensure all paperwork is in order before moving. Finally, while Jubail is generally considered safe, expats should be aware of the potential for terrorist attacks and should familiarize themselves with the advice provided by their home country's foreign office," remarked one expat who made the move to Jubail.

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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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