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Guide to living and working in Saudi Arabia

Housing in Saudi Arabia

Rental in Saudi Arabia is not too expensive, unless in new developments. It is still one of the cheapest countries in the Gulf. Expats will not find these best prices in another GCC country. They will find many choices of housing with good numbers of vacancies varying prices. It depends on the area, the number of rooms and how far from facilities. The prices start from 5,000 SAR ($1,333 USD) per year for single rooms, but for a one bedroom family apartments, the annual rent starts from 14,000 SAR ($3,733 USD) and goes up to 40,000 SAR ($10,666 USD) for a three bedroom in a decent area. Villas and other top accommodation range from 60,000 ($16,000 USD) – 120,000+ SAR ($32,000 USD) annually."

Guide to living and working in Saudi Arabia

Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

When anyone decides to live in Saudi Arabia, they must know that he will get a very high-quality healthcare services, legally companies must provide health insurance for all employees and their families, although there may be a limit on the number of children that are covered by the policy (usually 2). If you have a high number of children, you’ll most likely pay 1,000 – 3,000 SAR annually per additional child. Expats can find many insurers, but the main insurers in Saudi Arabia that provide their customers with the best, fast, accurate services are Bupa Saudi Arabia, co-operative insurer Tawuniya and MedGulf Arabia. If the company you plan to work for offers insurance from these top insurance companies then you’re off to a great start."

Guide to living and working in Saudi Arabia

Entertainment in Saudi Arabia

When it comes to the entertainment in Saudi Arabia, Expats will hear a lot about the lack of things to do, especially in Riyadh. But they will find that there is no space for boredom to enter their life, after they discovered how to enjoy their time with a lot of other fun sources; like going bowling, spending their free time watching hundreds of TV channels, using very high-speed internet services (200 Mbps+), shopping in the 8+ giant malls, traveling abroad, and spending time in many huge parks and visiting the very great zoo. One of the best things about living in Saudi Arabia that the expat can travel internationally very frequently with low-cost fuel, because of the central location of Saudi Arabia, it borders eight countries, and you can just cross a bridge from Khobar to find yourself in Bahrain. You can enjoy your time in Riyadh also by living a new and exciting experience of trying new food and new kitchens like Indian, Japanese, Turkish. Before it was hard to know what to do in Riyadh but with the help of mobile applications and sites like Foursquare and tripadvior you can immediately identify top-rated places to visit. Riyadh has many leading gyms like "Fitness Time" for men and "Curves" for women, they will help you get into perfect shape. The majority of gyms cost 300 SAR monthly and include full equipment, swimming pools, saunas, games rooms, massage services and tennis courts. If you live in Jeddah, you will find there another way of entertainment like Jeddah Cornish, Fakeeh Aquarium, Scuba Diving and Snorkelling activities. You may also take your car a short drive to Mecca to visit the holy mosque. "

Guide to living and working in Saudi Arabia

Public life in Saudi Arabia:

One of the most important things about living in Saudi Arabia that women have a very high position, it's not allowed for anyone to harassing them in any kind, when she wants to cross the street even the cars would slow down to enable her to pass. In most places, there is a single section and family section (for family and ladies only). Most commercial activities in Saudi Arabia stay open from midafternoon to just after midnight, and close during prayer times, five times a day. All the new comers to Saudi Arabia must know that they will depend on a private car, or taxi for the transportations, with thousands of Uber drivers and Careem you won’t have to wait long or ride with an untrusted driver. Soon Saudi Arabia will open a metro and transport will become even easier! There are now trains linking most major cities with affordable 1st class travel. The most recent is a train between Riyadh and Al-Qaseem. Moving to Saudi Arabia is one of the best choices you can make for you and your family, if your offered income is more than 6,000 SAR monthly you will be able to go along well and have a good quality of life.""