living in Khobar
Updated 9 months ago

Once you’ve decided that Khobar is your destination, looking for accommodation is the next order of business. Read below about the best way to start your search.

Khobar is the metropolitan of the Eastern Province. It is widely recognized as the happy medium between Dammam and Dhahran. Separated by a mere 15km from both cities of the Eastern Province, it is perfectly situated on the Persian Gulf Coast.

You will be happy to find that it bears the advantages of being relatively quiet, with a suburban feel while still offering all the amenities that a big city has to offer. The city is lined with international merchants and restaurants. Megamalls and Supermarkets are plentiful, as are the traditional markets (souk). All the while, the seaside Corniche is beautifully maintained and family parks are scattered throughout the city.

Expats favour this city because of all the amenities that it provides, such as a relatively short drive to the King Fahd International Airport and an even shorter drive to the King Fahd Causeway, connecting Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

The nice thing about Khobar is that you can find suitable accommodation at almost any price.

Types of accommodation in Khobar

You’ll find in Khobar:

  • Large well-known Western Compounds
  • Residential Building Apartments
  • Private Villas in Gated Communities
  • Furnished Long-Term / Short Term Resident Hotels

Rent prices

Rental market prices vary and fluctuate with the demand. Location and size are two factors that play a part in pricing. On Average these are expectant prices:

  • 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
  • 3-bedroom (a living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, washroom) – 24,000SAR-30, 000 SAR/month

* Rental prices have followed the market trend, and have decreased with the decline of oil prices. Khobar was once one of the most expensive cities to live in but that has changed in the past couple years.

 Good to know:

The residents of Khobar are primarily employed by the oil sector, (Aramco), and many expats choose to live in neighbouring cities and commute.

Search for accommodation in Khobar

If you are lucky enough to have housing covered for you by your employer then you should consider staying at the place they have provided. The city has a huge expat population and tends to rent to employers directly, which allows for discounted prices.

If you are responsible for your own housing then look to fellow co-workers for suggestions, they probably were on the search as well not too long ago. Even asking people who work in the same sector might be helpful, as they can be handy in helping navigate your search.

The most commonly practised way of searching for accommodation in Saudi Arabia is driving around and simply asking the tenants and landlord of buildings you are interested in.

Don’t forget to do a quick search online for greater access to images and descriptions of vacancies around the city. Listed below are some of the most widely used sites in the region for real estate.

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