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Saudi Arabia

Staying Safe In Saudi Arabia As An Expat

Tuesday November 18, 2014 (02:51:08)

Saudi Arabia is a land of stark contradictions, widely misunderstood and often misrepresented. While a lot that you’ve heard about Saudi Arabia is probably true, most of it needs to be taken in context to the cultural and religious identity of the nation. No one would make the move to Saudi Arabia for greater freedom or to feel safe, the driving force is always monetary gain, and Saudi is a great place to get rich pretty quick. If you wish to further your career goals through a move to the Kingdom, be prepared to forego most of those aspects of life that we hold so dear in secular democratic societies.   more ...

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Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Saudi Arabia

Saturday October 04, 2014 (03:44:35)

Many expats who relocate to Saudi Arabia for work receive subsidized housing, transports, health insurance and education for their children. Such benefits make the cost of living in this country quite affordable. With much of their expenses taken care of, expats are usually able to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. Saudi Arabia falls in the mid-range when it comes to cost of living. Surveys also show that Saudi Arabian cities are cheaper to live in than most other cities in the Middle East.

Here are some cost of living facts for expats moving to Saudi Arabia.   more ...

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Make The Most Of Your Time In Saudi Arabia - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Wednesday August 27, 2014 (21:25:48)

Saudi Arabia has the biggest economy in the Middle East, and expats often move there for lucrative job opportunities and business purposes. In spite of a considerable international population, Saudi Arabia has a deeply traditional culture that is governed by strict rules and regulations. However, there are some unique and rewarding experiences to be had in the country, and expats should try them at least once before they return home.

The shopping haven of Jeddah

Jeddah is considered as the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia and is full of shopping malls, shopping districts and souqs.   more ...

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A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Saudi Arabia

Tuesday July 15, 2014 (03:39:16)

Even though the Public Transport system in Saudi Arabia is quite advanced, most residents own a vehicle and prefer to drive around, which is why there is one car for every four people. As compared to other countries, gas in Saudi Arabia is very reasonably priced. Moreover, the road network and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia is second to none. Some of the inter-city highways have up to eight lanes to accommodate the flow of traffic. Overpasses, underpasses and ring roads further help ease traffic in the cities.

The minimum age limit for driving in Saudi Arabia is 18. Most American expats living in the country face little or no difficulty driving, as the steering wheel is placed on the left side of the car and people drive on the right side of the road.   more ...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Saudi Arabia

Wednesday April 30, 2014 (03:03:43)

Saudi Arabia is the biggest economy in the Middle East and every year many foreigners move to the country for business purposes.

But Saudi Arabia is a country governed by rather strict rules and observances and adjusting to its culture and lifestyle may take some time. However there are benefits for the many expats who live there, such as tax-free salaries, good housing and a low cost of living. If you’re an expat thinking about moving to Saudi Arabia, here are 5 things you should know.   more ...

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Saudi Arabia

Dealing With Culture Shock In Saudi Arabia - Some Advice For New Expats

Monday March 31, 2014 (20:23:01)

Saudi Arabia is a conservative country with deep religious roots. Since the culture here is so vastly different from western countries, expats may take some time to adjust. While culture shock may be uncomfortable, it does wear off and in the meantime it’s important to stay positive and willing to explore a new way of life.

One of the best ways to deal with culture shock is learn as much as you can about the new place and its people. Here are some facts about Saudi Arabia, and some tips to help you settle into life here.   more ...

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Unwritten’ Constitution

Sunday May 19, 2013 (20:30:45)

Perhaps the closest analog to a constitution in Saudi Arabia is its Basic Law, a document divided into nine chapters and a total of 83 articles. Interestingly enough, this places Saudi Arabia in very limited company, which includes the United Kingdom and Israel (though the 1948 Israeli Declaration of Independence states that one should be written, one has never been formalized). Though UK membership in the European Union has complicated its own interpretations of law, Parliamentary dictates remain the highest law of the land. Whereas the United States government is required to either adhere to Constitutional law or to make Constitutional amendments in order to make new laws, the United Kingdom's Parliament is free to pass legislation based on its own estimation of present-day circumstances.

Comparing the 'unwritten' constitutions

On this last note, both the law of the UK and the law of Saudi Arabia have some similarity, in that the current governing body has more say in legal matters than a codified historical document.   more ...

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Coping with the Extreme Heat in Saudi Arabia

Saturday May 18, 2013 (17:55:37)

Most of us are probably not under any illusions about weather conditions in Saudi Arabia, and know that living in a desert climate means dealing regularly with some of the most extreme temperatures that the sun can deliver. How extreme, you might ask? Well, the city of Riyadh once reported a record high of fifty-six degrees Celsius, which eclipsed even the daunting record of 51°C set in 1956 (specifically within Dhahran, along the Arabian peninsula).

Over the course of this millennium, in which every single year from 2001-2012 has featured in the top fourteen "hottest years on record" as determined by NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration], much of the world has become accustomed to bracing levels of warmth. Yet even those of us who have experienced these temperature anomalies may be skittish about the normal weather conditions in Saudi Arabia.   more ...

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Bringing Your Partner With You When Working in Saudi Arabia

Saturday May 18, 2013 (16:39:21)

Saudi Arabia hosts at least two of the world's most profitable industries (oil refinement and production), and as such it is regularly in need of foreign expertise in these fields. Expat professionals, who have secured work in Saudi Arabia, though this may present the opportunity of a lifetime for them, should be aware that full integration into Saudi society may not be on the table. Though Saudi Arabia is not technically a theocracy like Iran or the Vatican (in that the king is the sovereign rather than the leader of the priestly caste), it is nonetheless a country built upon strict Islamic principles, in which separate resort-style compounds house workers from non-Islamic nations, and letters of approval are needed for trips of 10km outside of a major city.

Though day-to-day living within the expatriate compounds is a world away from that of Saudi nationals (these enclaves are also generally ignored by the muttawah or clerical police), some aspects of the country's dominant religious conservatism will come into play when entering the country.   more ...

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The Truth about Living as an Expat in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday April 17, 2013 (20:46:56)

According to statistics, there are approximately 8 million non-Saudi residents in Saudi Arabia. These levels prove that it is a popular choice for expats and has its appeal. The desert land is run by strict laws and tradition which need to be abided by, understood and respected by expats who move to the country. It can be a culture shock for those moving there from Western countries and is a life experience and learning curve.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and religion is of huge importance to daily life there. Foreigners are expected to act with decency and comply with the teachings of their national religion and the strict interpretations of the Quran.

The country is ruled by the Al Saud family and public participation in politics, democracy and voting is non-existent. This may take some adjustment for expats from the Western world, who have not experienced a strict way of living and are more used to an open and multicultural society.   more ...

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