Living in Saudi Arabia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Saudi Arabia with the expat guide

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General information


Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Before moving to Saudi Arabia, it is important to seek all information regarding procedures to follow to be authorized on the Saudi territory.

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  • This article will describe the procedure of registering a marriage in a saudi court and then getting the marriage certificate attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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  • Business & Social norms play a very important part of life in Saudi and Riyadh is the most formal and conservative of the Saudi States, so these lists of Etiquette is particularly applicable for those who live in Riyadh and may be slightly relaxed in other Saudi areas.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Foreigners wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia and work there have to obtain an appropriate visa beforehand. Specific conditions apply.

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  • If you are moving to Saudi Arabia, you must apply for a residence or work visa commonly called Iqama. This will allow you to stay in the Saudi territory for a defined period, but you cannot leave the country nor come back later.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Saudi Arabia is not a very open country. However, foreigners can still set up a business there provided they fill in required formalities.

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  • Dammam is part of the Ash Sharqiyah province's top three regions. Located in Eastern Saudi Arabia, it provides various job prospects to foreigners.

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  • Being a commercial city, Jeddah attracts thousands of foreigners seeking professional opportunities. It is also Saudi Arabia's second biggest city.

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  • Jubail, which is Saudi Arabia and the Middle East's biggest industrial hub, often requires foreign expertise in many fields.

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  • Located in the Medina province, Yanbu is the home of the petrochemical industry. This Saudi city offers various job opportunities to expats.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Dammam, which is found in the Eastern Province, is very popular with expatriates. You are likely to find different types of accommodation there.

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  • Being Saudi Arabia's second biggest city, Jeddah not only welcomes expatriates worldwide but also offers a range of accommodation options.

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  • Jubail is known to be a huge industrial Saudi city. It has thus been attracting thousands of foreigners, along with offering housing.

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  • If you are moving to Khobar, finding accommodation should not be a difficult task. Besides compounds, you can find apartments and villas there.

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  • Riyadh is definitely one of the most popular Saudi cities with expatriates. Hence, it provides a range of accommodation options for all.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Having an expatriation experience in Saudi Arabia can be a considerable asset in your resume if you are thinking about studying there.

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  • As a basic short list of schools for your kids ( age 3-12 ) is below. You can get further updated information from Embassies.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care is a key issue when it comes to expatriation. Saudi Arabia has an elaborate health care system including many public and private hospitals.

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  • As a medical student myself,i thought i can share some information about the medical sectors in KSA

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Foreigners are eligible to open a bank account in Saudi Arabia. Related procedures are quite simple and banks are numerous.

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  • Banking in KSA for Expats: useful information and tips about banking in Saudi Arabia.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Saudi Arabia seems to be a tax haven for foreigners. In fact, foreigners working there are exempted from income tax and property tax, etc.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital city, has a range of means of transports from which you can choose to move from one place to another.

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  • Saudi Arabia has various means of transports from which you can choose to move from one region to another: bus, train, taxi, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements


moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Saudi Arabia requires appropriate planning. It is best to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • When moving to a foreign country, having a list of useful numbers can definitely help you get around. Here are some.

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  • Telecommunications are an essential part of any expatriation project. Saudi Arabia can definitely provide what you are looking for.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are moving to Riyadh, you will probably want to discover the city during your free time. Various leisure activities are available to foreigners.

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  • Most foreigners in Saudi Arabia are likely to work or indulge in professional activity there. But what about their leisure time?

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  • Safari Resort, located about 70 km from Riyadh driving west is a fabulous location for expats to spend with their families and friends.

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  • Traveling to Saudi Arabia with your pet can be a tedious task due to existing laws. However, it is not impossible if you fill in related formalities.

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  • Foreigners wishing to settle in Saudi Arabia have to expect a completely different lifestyle and environment from what they are used to.

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  • This is predominantly but not exclusively for expat women in Riyadh during this summer. Just something to provide some ideas and information on what's out there to do this summer; particularly useful for any newcomers to Riyadh spending their first summer.

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  • Just some researched information, source: which may help your preparation into the country.

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