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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Medina, they said...

"Medina, also known as Al-Madinah, is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, and non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the central part of the city. The official language in Medina is Arabic, so learning some basic Arabic phrases would be beneficial, although English is also widely spoken. The culture in Medina is deeply rooted in Islamic traditions and customs, and expats are expected to respect these traditions, including dressing modestly in public. The climate in Medina is desert-like, with hot summers and mild winters, so it's important to prepare for the heat. Saudi Arabia operates under Sharia law, which is strictly enforced, and penalties for breaking the law can be severe. The cost of living in Medina is relatively low compared to other major cities in Saudi Arabia, but housing can be expensive, especially in the central areas. Healthcare facilities in Medina are of a high standard, with a number of public and private hospitals and clinics available. The city is well-connected by road and air, with the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport located in the city, and a well-developed road network connecting Medina to other major cities in Saudi Arabia. The education system in Saudi Arabia is different from Western countries, and there are a number of international schools in Medina for expat children. Saudi Arabia has strict rules on alcohol, which is completely banned, and there are also restrictions on other items such as pork and non-Islamic religious materials. Working in Medina can be a unique experience, with a slower pace of life compared to Western countries, and a strong emphasis on religion and family. Saudi Arabia has a sponsorship system for expats, which means that you will need a Saudi sponsor to obtain a visa and work in the country. Finally, it's important to remember that the weekend in Saudi Arabia is Friday and Saturday, with the working week running from Sunday to Thursday," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Medina, Saudi Arabia.

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