gated house in Riyadh
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The capital city of Riyadh is the political hub of the country. With a growing business sector, it has become home to a large number of professional expats. If you are looking to settle in Riyadh, find more information below.

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is also home to millions of expats. The city is one of the largest in the Kingdom, and rapid development and growth have made finding accommodation both pleasurable and a bit tricky.

Riyadh is home to the country’s governing bodies. It is where the Diplomatic Quarters is found. Riyadh is considered to be one of the more affluent regions in the Kingdom, with many family members of the ruling royal family housed in the city. Major government officials do business there and settle in the region with their families.

Professionals in the banking and financial sector also do business in Riyadh. With a large number of professionals at the executive level, you will find that Riyadh’s’ rental sector reflects their lifestyle.

That being said, Riyadh is a very big city. It is home to millions of Saudi nationals from all socio-economic levels and expats alike. The city has been catering to an influx of expats for decades and you can find accommodation at basically any price range.

We’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind when looking for accommodation in Riyadh, to ensure that you are getting the best deal while making the process as smooth as possible.

Types of accommodation in Riyadh

You’ll find in Riyadh:

  • Compounds: The biggest selection in the region
  • Limitless Residential Apartment Buildings
  • High-end Furnished Villas for Rent

Rent prices

Rental Market prices vary and fluctuate with the demand. Location and size are two factors that play a part in pricing. In general, Riyadh dwellings are larger than usual.

  • Studio – (room with open kitchen, bathroom) 10,000 -15,000 SAR/per year
  • 1-Bedroom (kitchen, bedroom, washroom,) - 17, 000- 20,000 SAR/per year
  • 2-Bedroom (a living room, bedroom, kitchen, washroom) – 20,000SAR-24,000 SAR/month
  • 3-bedroom (a living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, washroom) – 24,000SAR-30, 000 SAR/month

 Good to know:

Many employers will give you a housing allowance instead of providing or paying for your accommodation. If you make the landlord aware of your ability to pay a years’ rent up front, they will often offer you a discount.

Search for accommodation in Riyadh

Finding a place in Riyadh takes a bit of research and making sure you specify exactly what you are looking for. With so many options in the city, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. To make the most of your search, jot down things like how much you are willing to pay, what type of accommodation you require, furnished or unfurnished, and where in the city you would like to live.

Once you’ve got a good idea of what you’re looking for, going online is a great way to get a picture of what to expect. Links listed at the end are a good way to search current vacancies around the city.

Many rental properties in Riyadh can be found online; a quick call and setting up an appointment to go view the unit is a great way to determine whether it’s the right accommodation for you. Driving through neighbourhoods is also a good way to find vacancies and get a feel of the community around you.

 Useful links:


Compounds in Riyadh:

Al Hamra Oasis Village
Al Ola Real Estate
Al Showaier Real Estate
Al Yamamah Resort
Cordoba Oasis Village
Dhabab Gardens
Eid Villas
FAL Residential Compound
Jadawel International
Kingdom City

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