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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Dhahran, 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 Dhahran?

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

"Keep an open mind. Things are much different here. Somethings are better, example: my kids can play outside safely all the times. And, somethings are worse, not being able to drive limits when and how I can do my shopping, etc," explained one expat living in Dhahran.

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What is the average cost of housing in Dhahran?

If you are thinking about moving to Dhahran, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Much lower since they are provided or subsidised by most companies here. We pay around $400-$500 a month," added another person living in Dhahran.

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What should I bring when moving to Dhahran?

People living in Dhahran were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"I wish I had brought hair mousse for my daughter who has very curly hair. More books and movies. I wish I had left all my knickknacks and such, no room in this house for such things," said another expat in Dhahran.

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Will I be able to find a job in Dhahran?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Dhahran, they reponded:

"Oil and Gas - most people are recruited if they wok for a local government agency or local company. Otherwise they are sent here by their employer," explained one expat living in Dhahran.

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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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