Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Khobar, Saudi Arabia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Khobar?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Khobar, they said:
"Khobar is a city located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, known for its thriving economy and modern lifestyle. Before moving to Khobar, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language is Arabic, although English is widely spoken in business and by many locals. It would be beneficial to learn some basic Arabic phrases to help with daily life. The local currency is the Saudi Riyal (SAR), and credit cards are widely accepted, but it's also common to use cash for smaller transactions. Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country, and Khobar is no exception. The culture and laws are heavily influenced by Islamic traditions. Non-Muslims are expected to respect these traditions, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. The dress code in Khobar is conservative, especially for women, who are expected to wear an abaya (a loose-fitting black cloak) in public. Men should also dress modestly, avoiding shorts and sleeveless shirts. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, and penalties for possession, consumption, or trafficking of alcohol are severe. The climate in Khobar is desert-like, with very hot summers and mild winters. It's important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. The cost of living in Khobar is relatively high compared to other cities in Saudi Arabia, but salaries are also typically higher. Housing can be expensive, but many employers provide accommodation allowances. Healthcare in Khobar is of a high standard, with a range of public and private hospitals and clinics. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Driving is the most common form of transport in Khobar, and the city is well-connected by highways. However, traffic can be heavy, and driving standards can be erratic. Finally, Khobar is a safe city with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions to protect your personal safety and belongings," commented one expat who made the move to Khobar.
How do I find a place to live in Khobar?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Khobar?
- How do I find a place to live in Khobar?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Khobar?
- What is the average cost of housing in Khobar?
- Should I buy or rent a home in Khobar?
- What should I pack when moving to Khobar?
- What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Khobar?
- What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Khobar?
- What are healthcare services like in Khobar?
- Is the cost of living in Khobar high?
- Will I save money living in Khobar?
- Why do people move to Khobar?
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