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Hello guys!!

Iam getting a job offer in riyadh as a corporate executive....Iam from India..Just want to know many things..but for now some limited :-

1. Hows life at riyadh ?
2. hows the safety for expats ??
3.is it okay if i drive there as company is giving car.
4. any guidance will appreciated.. So guide me what to do or not to..
5.Iam in indian so wud be it difficult for me ??
awaiting your reply !!

Dear,
Congrats for the offer, I too an Indian residing in KSA for last 13 years with family mostly in Riyadh. Its  safest city to live in, Only required you to adopt the strict social norms and to acclimatize to extreme weather conditions.
Its relatively easy process to get license and drive a car.

Your life depends a lot with your offer (Package)& company, once you are in its not easy to cancel and go back if you wish to do before your contract period ends.

good luck..
:)

Thanks a ton of your time. Yes the norms there are different from any other countries..I have to adapt it... company is offering accommodation and food is on my side...So whats the food cost if i want to know... weather... ?? Is too hot ??....what about medical facility.... Iam not allergic to non veg but will i get normal indian food there..... I dont drink... what people do who wants to do booze and smoke.....?? just asking... Safety is my major concern... they will put me in main riyadh i think...

awaiting reply !!

maneesh86 :

Thanks a ton of your time. Yes the norms there are different from any other countries..I have to adapt it... company is offering accommodation and food is on my side...So whats the food cost if i want to know... weather... ?? Is too hot ??....what about medical facility.... Iam not allergic to non veg but will i get normal indian food there..... I dont drink... what people do who wants to do booze and smoke.....?? just asking... Safety is my major concern... they will put me in main riyadh i think...

awaiting reply !!

City is as safe as it gets, don't worry.

No booze, but you can smoke.

Food cost is cheap and its hot during summer and cold during winter  :lol:

Indian food is available throughout the city

Thanks a ton of your valuable reply. Working as a corporate executive wont be difficult there ryt? yes,booze is not there i know.. what would be food expenditure of a month.. ?? can u Please tell.

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Whats the cost of vegetarian cost in terms of cooking or in restaurant.... clothing is cheaper there....???

I just moved to Riyadh 3 months ago from Miami (USA)..

1. Hows life at riyadh ? = Life is what you make it here.. also depends on if you plan on living a compound or villa/apt.. Living in a compound some life that you are use to back in India..

2. hows the safety for expats ?? = very safe..  you should have no issues.

3.is it okay if i drive there as company is giving car. = driving is CRAZY here.. no one follows the lanes, but then again, people drive the same way in India, so you might be ok. hahaa

Thanks romello..... So no booze and entertainment stuff ryt ???

YES... NO DRINKING ALLOWED

It's safer than India the U.K. The USA and any western country.

Groceries depend also on what u re used to u can spend as much as 500 a 1000 or 3000 a month but oeverall vegetables proteins and dairy are cheap the thing that might be expensive are the imported brands.

You can find many family friendly entertainment shows, mainly for kids like light shows for example.

Thanks a ton !! really a valuable reply !!

Just a head up, first couple of months max upto six are the crucial ones with teething problems. Once you cross that period, life is pretty easy !!

Country is very very safe as compared to India.

Good luck :)

problems as in ???

Weather, Transportation, language, reaching places, making people understand simple things, getting things done quickly.  Blah blah

Most of the things will surely test your patience limit. And Being patient is the key.

Hahah..... So,mean to say they are slow on taking things... Pheeeeeew !!!... Yes language is a barrier of course... otherwise how you wud rate out of 10,To live in Riyadh overall ??

thanks for your time.

maneesh86 :

Thanks romello..... So no booze and entertainment stuff ryt ???

If you live in a compound, and you are able to get your hands of some alcohol, then things will take care of itself. 👍

One important thing, plan your day around prayer times.. everything shuts down for about 40mins during prayer times.. it's a pain in the a** at first, but you get used to it, and plan your day around it.

maneesh86 :

otherwise how you wud rate out of 10,To live in Riyadh overall ??
thanks for your time.

The language barrier isn't that bad, a good percentage of people speak at least broken English..
As for rating Riyadh overall, I'm from Miami, so I'm probably not the best person to answer it.. haha
I would give it a 6.... purely do to the tax free money, cost of living is cheap, it's safe, and Dubai, Bahrain are a short flight away if you need to get away for a wknd and party.

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