New members of the Saudi Arabia forum, introduce yourselves here - 2022

Hi all,

Newbie on the Saudi Arabia forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Saudi Arabia if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Salam Alikom
I am an Egyptian Urban Planner Single in Riyadh. I graduated from Cairo university in 2011, then came to Saudi Arabia from 2012 to Mecca for 5 years. Then moved to Tabuk in the northern area from 4/2018-01/2019, then Abha from 01/2019 to 4/2020, and now in Riyadh from 4/2020 till now. I am working in Engineering consultant offices. I visited Madinah, Dammam, and Khobar too. I am really lucky to be here in Saudi Arabia. I am here now in Saudi Arabia for 5 years continuously, even my vacation took it internally here in Saudi Arabia. I love biking, traveling, and Hiking.

To view my pictures and journeys through the Kingdom you can visit my Instagram ***

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hey, Buna !! i am patricia , from Romania/Ireland living in khobar/dammam!
Anyone around hit me up happy to connect :)
have a good day

I'm a content writer living in Jeddah and trying to figure out post-pandemic life as work-life has become more competitive and challenging due to jobs and networking scarcity. Although life is more relaxed Post Pandemic but the work life is posing many challenges.
hope I get to learn from mentors on how to navigate this year professionally.

have a great day everyone.

Hi, Patricia welcome to Saudi :)

Hi Everyone,

I will be moving to Riyadh in May/June 2022 with my wife for work. The contract is for 3 years. We have done a lot of research online and discussions with other expats who have been to Riyadh and the wider Kingdom.

We are from Adelaide, Australia and will be leaving behind 3 adult daughters and 2 amazing grandchildren. Plus the dog and the cat.....

We look forward to asking questions, creating connections with other ex-pats and learning from you all.


Todd & Sharon

Hi Todd,
  I hope you will enjoy your stay in KSA but you haven't mentioned anything related to your job, company or city.

Hi am Brenda from kenya, am new in KSA, Jeddah am working as a personal trainer in a Gym here. I hope to learn and experience more here in jeddah

Hi EveryOne,

This is Nomman Sana Ullah here, I came from Pakistan and Now Living in Riyadh, 24+ Old and Network security Engineer By Profession.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Ankit Prabhakar, I will be moving to Riyadh in the coming week, I will be working with FedEx Express, excited to know the people and culture there.


Hi Everyone,

I'm Rameez Alam from India,  I moved to KSA Riyadh in Sept 2021  i am working as a Inventory coordinator i dnt have friend and willing make some new friends  whit whom I can enjoy and explore Saudi

Kind regards,


A warm welcome to everyone :)

Since most of you are relatively new here, I suggest reading the Living in Saudi Arabia guide to facilitate your future move or life as an expat who's already here.

Feel free to also start new threads on the Saudi Arabia forum to seek advice and interact with fellow expats.

All the best,

Diksha team

Thank you diksha.. very interesting


Hello! I'm Cecilia from Argentina, I'm going to have an interview next month with people from Arabia....I'm pediatric cardiology

Great . Hope all will go well . Make sure to have good information about saudi and the health sector in the kingdom.. inshala will be good intervew.

Hi, I'm Michelle/Nabilah and I arrived recently from Texas. I'm interested to know if there is a organization  for English speaking  women here. I made some lifelong friends as part of my time with the American Women of Doha. I met wonderful women from all over the world as well as lovely local ladies. Please give me contact information  for any similar groups locally. Thank you all.
I've been here a few weeks and still exploring all the things.

When first driving around Riyadh, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's just a jumble of skyscrapers and megamalls.
But look a little closer, and you'll find the Ad Dirah neighborhood, the old heart of the Saudi capital. There are no glistening towers here, no designer boutiques. The streets are narrower. It feels like you've stepped back in time.
Locals come to the area to shop, to relax, to socialize. They might come to pray at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque – the city's largest – or to stroll with their family in Salam Park. Perhaps they're attending a Ramadan celebration in Al Safa Square. Many will drop by the Souk al-Zal – the biggest, oldest artisan market in Riyadh.

The market can trace its history back to 1901, to the beginning of modern Saudi Arabia. It sits within a stone's throw of the Masmak fortress – the site where, in 1902, a young Ibn Saud and a small band of his most trusted soldiers crept up after dawn prayers, rushed the gate, captured the governor, and announced the return of the Al Saud family.
A treasure trove of traditional Eastern artefacts, the souk is one of the major tourist attractions in Riyadh. The word ‘zal' means ‘carpet' or ‘floor rug', referring to the patterned textiles so central to Middle Eastern imagery.
Don't miss it ..

hello siti from working as a staffmidwife since january 2020.Nice to meet you all.
Thank you.

Thanks for welcoming us, we are a couple preparing for Sakaka, Al Jouf for work, searching for a apartment near the centar, can you help us?

Hi all,

I am Asrar from India.  I am a software professional and forced bachelor, living in Al-Khobar/Dammam area.   I am a frequent traveler.  I am foodie, please ping me to explore food in Al-Khobar/Dammam.

Looking forward to making new friends.


Hello, Everyone!
I Am Muhammad Farooq khokhar from Canada, just want to know where in Jeddah I can play squash with good people. thank you so much again. take care

My name is Tushar working under SAED group ([link moderated]) JEDDAH from last 2 years, I have asked for final exit from my company. My contract got over on 15th January 2022 and my eqama got expired on 25th February 2022. I have signed the final settlement paper on 10th February 2022.
But still I haven't my settlement money yet, how can raise the complaint and where. Will be waiting for the reply please.

Thank you

Hello Everyone! I really want to move back to Saudi Arabia, I've lived there for 2 years after marrying my husband who was born and raised in Saudi. We both cancelled our Iqama and moved to Cape Town.

I completed my studies now and would love to find a job and move back, I've been applying online for Jobs but haven't gotten any feedback so far.

Any advice on how I could find a job and move over as a Female Software Engineer?

Go to Labor office.


I am Mohammed Issam , Sudanese Living in Saudi Arabia - Khobar (Actually i born in Saudi Arabia), Civil Engineer (work as Quantity Surveyor \ Estimation Engineer) in construction company.

i will be very happy to help newbie in Khobar \ Dammam, or any one.

i am looking to connect with like minded people  here.


I lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 7 years. I understand the culture.  My dad worked there for 20 years.

He started with riofinex geological mission. Then brgm. Then ended up with usgs. Geological mission.

Seems I may be on wrong site.   I already Introduced myself.
My dad having spent 20 years in the country. Was treated badly with usgs.  Because of me.  Which I didn't realise at the time.  A certain couple of men used me.  I'd like it investigated. Please.
My main reason for this is I'd love to go back.  I know the rules. So did dad.  He died August 1 2021. At home with me. Having lost my mum who he dote on. In 2017.
I am and always have been a hairdresser. So yes I'd love to be able to come back to Jeddah. With my Retired marine husband and our two boys.


My name is Dominic, I am a Quantity Surveyor from London, UK.  I moved to Riyadh 3 weeks ago.  I am currently in a hotel but shortly moving to a compound.  My wife and 2 dogs will join me soon.

I have done a lot of sightseeing and looked at a lot of compounds if anyone needs any information.


Hi Dom,
Welcome to Saudi Arabia.  I live in Al-Khobar.  I heard that prices have gone up in Riyadh.  What is the average rate for 3BHK villa in Riyadh?  I am planning to move to Riyadh.

hi there

Im Sonette, from South Africa, currently working as a midwife in Khamis Mushait.

Ive been here for 1 year, havent traveled much, due to covid and long working hours, but are hoping to this year.

Hi Sonette,

Welcome to Saudi Arabia and welcome to expat community.  If you need any help, please let us know.

Hi Cecilia!
How was your interview?

I had my interview today and it went very well, I'm waiting for my husband to get his own tomorrow.


Yes they are going up.  It depends if you live in a compound or outside.  Compounds are 275k+

Hi everyone!

My name is Karishma and I'm moving to Riyadh in October 2022 with my new husband. Both of us work in the real estate sector. Our jobs lead us to Saudi and we are looking forward to starting our new life there! Hope to make lots of friends :)

Currently, we are exploring accommodation, preferably in compounds. My office is located in Raidah Digital City and my husband's in Al Sulaymaniyah area. So we are open to all suggestions :D

Also, would be very helpful to understand what's the best way for expats to learn some Arabic :)

Looking forward to some new connections :D


Welcome to KSA

Hi Karishma,

Welcome to KSA.  As you are going to work in Real Estate, your colleague may give best suggestions regarding Compounds in Riyadh.  You can start learning Arabic on Youtube.  Best avenue to start.

I live in Al Khobar.  If you need any help, you are most welcome.

Wish you all the best.


Hi I'm Amy I'm a british expat living in Riyadh with husband and 1year old baby girl. Always happy to connect with people..and make new friends.

Hi there hope your well I'm.Amy a British expat living here with husband and baby girl. I've lived in a few compounds here 🤣so can advise you on some decent ones if you like.


Hi Amy,

Welcome to Saudi Arabia.  What is the current market price for 3BHK villa for flat in compounds in Riyadh?