At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Saudi Arabia and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Saudi Expat News / Updates
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Curating and sharing many important news topics of the day, this Saudi Expat News Facebook page and Twitter account are an excellent sources of business and national events specifically tailored to an expat audience. Articles include possible visa changes, trade deals and national holidays, all centered around the Arab kingdom consisting of 2,150,000 km² (twice the area of France and Germany).
Created to share the positives of living as an expat in Saudi Arabia, this Facebook page and Twitter account share articles both in English and Arabic. The timbre of articles shares information relevant to expats both new and old to the country – job situations, visa information and holiday advice amongst other helpful topics.
Sharing many of the essential updates to daily essentials in Arab life; visas, jobs and vehicle information, the Saudi Arabia Life Facebook page is a handy source of information for expats both living there already, and those in the planning stages of changing their home. Sharing articles, videos and the occasional date guide (as in the fruit rather than relationships, though you may be able to find that too) this is an excellent place to follow.
Riyadh Expats Platform
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and main financial hub, is on a desert plateau in the country’s center. Attracting expats to the business center and quality of life, the capital city is a center of culture, and this is (allegedly) the most popular Facebook page specifically about the area. The 6,000 followers and fans are active and timeline posts about a myriad of issues are well received.
A personal travel blog founded in 2010 by Finnish travel blogger Laura Alho, the Blue Abaya is a showcase for the true beauty of the Kingdom as well as to encourage people to get out and explore by letting them know about travel and tourism locations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Foresaking snow for the lure of sun soaked sands, her expat adventures are a fascinating window onto expat life.
Updated with incredible regularity, the Saudi Gazette social media platforms are the front face of a media/news company based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Topics range from business, world events and technology through to sports and life in the Arab Kingdom. The opinion section of the Saudi Gazette will be of particular interest to expatriates who want to keep abreast of public thoughts.
Saudi Arabia Expats
Calling itself an information portal, this Facebook page is a helpfully curated feed of hints and tips, not to mention the occasion taste of inspiration imploring expats to explore their surrounds. The 700 followers and fans often also share events and information on the right-hand side ‘visitor posts’ bar.
Expats Life In Saudi Arabia
Run entirely by volunteers and free from politics, this ‘Expats life in Saudi Arabia’ is a handy resource. The articles are varied and in a combination of English and Arabic. Ranging from championing country issues all the way though to events where expats can mingle and network, they are well worth skimming through.
Expat Activities – Riyadh
Forty years ago the population of Arriyadh was just 100,000. Now it is 6.5 million – 64 percent of whom are Saudi citizens. For the rest of that population, this is definitely the place where cool expats (at least 200 of them) hang out to spot the parties and events where they can meet fellow world wanderers. The vibe is chilled and the tunes are spun.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in Saudi Arabia on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!