Being an industrial city, Jubail offers many professional opportunities. But how to find accommodation there? Find out in this article.
Jubail is often described as being a polluted city. However, it has been attracting thousands of foreigners over the years, especially due to the numerous professional opportunities available in the petrochemical industry. In fact, the country's biggest petrochemical companies are found in Jubail and are quite open to foreigners. If you are one of these, finding accommodation will definitely be one of your main concerns.
Types of accommodation
Like in most major Saudi cities, you are likely to find highly secure residential compounds in Jubail. These are generally provided by employer's, often mentioned in the employment contract. Note that these compounds are furnished and equipped with all appliances which you might need in your everyday life. Moreover, these compounds are generally close to schools, hospitals, shopping malls, and other facilities. It is probably the main reason why foreigners choose to live in compounds.
Before moving to Jubail, check your employment contract so as to make sure that your employer does not require you to reside in a specific accommodation for a determined period. If it is not the case, you can start your housing search by inquiring on vacant accommodation with your friends and colleagues on the spot. Indeed, word-of-mouth may be a useful and faster tool.
Otherwise, you can view accommodation offers on the Internet. You can even register with a real estate agency so as to avoid misunderstandings while dealing directly with the owner. In fact, lease documents are generally written in Arabic. So it is better to be assisted by real estate specialists during the entire process. Note that lease documents are in Arabic so as to serve as evidence to settle disputes in court.
Rent prices in Jubail vary according to the type of accommodation, comfort level, furniture and equipment provided, facilities and services attached, etc. Thus, if you wish to rent a single-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of $ 350 per month in the city center and an average of $ 250 per month in the outskirts. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need around $ 750 a month in the city center and some $ 550 a month in the outskirts.
As regards compounds, these are also very open to independent tenants. However, rent prices can be quite high, rising up to several thousand dollars a month.