How To Open A Bank Account In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is home to over 30 local and international banks, so if you are an expat living there, you won’t struggle for options when it comes to banking. Studies conducted in 2019 show that four domestic banks in the country account for roughly 57% of total sector assets. These establishments are the National Commercial … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia (officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) is a country constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. Geographically, Saudi Arabia is the largest sovereign state in Western Asia, and the second-largest in the Arab world (after Algeria). Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, … Read more

How To Find A Job In Saudi Arabia

The prosperous, oil-rich Gulf state of Saudi Arabia has long been an attractive prospect for expats seeking employment, particularly in the oil and gas sectors. However, in recent years this has started to change and there has been something of an exodus of foreign workers from the country.The Saudi government – like those of many … Read more

Everything You Need To Know About The Dependents Tax In Saudi Arabia

One of the most overwhelming aspects of expat life is, without a shadow of a doubt, navigating a foreign tax system. It’s a crucial process with serious implications if you fail to comply, and is one that can be fraught with frustrations and confusion. Particularly in a country which may be very different from the … Read more

Gemma Laing, Jeddah

Who are you? I’m Gemma. I’m a 32-year-old oncology nurse from Leeds, UK. Where, when and why did you move abroad? March 2012, I decided I was bored, stuck in a rut and needed a new adventure.I started looking half-heartedly into nursing abroad. One thing led to another and I ended up at an open … Read more

Kristine MacMillan, Riyadh

Who are you? I’m Kristine, a Canadian nurse who currently lives and works in Saudi Arabia. I’ve spend most of my career working outisde of Canada- about 10 years in the US over the years and just over 4 years in the Middle East.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I first moved to … Read more

Saudi Arabia – Recommended Social Media Accounts

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 / UpdatesFacebook Page … Read more

Want To Achieve Your Financial Goals? Move To Saudi Arabia

When choosing your ideal expat destination, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) might not be the first place that pops into your mind. The culture and lifestyle in this conservative Middle Eastern nation is completely different from that of many Western countries. The constitution in the birthplace of Islam is based on religious beliefs and … Read more

Saudi Arabia – Recommended Blogs And Vlogs

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 blogs that might be useful for expats there.The Blue Abaya Laylah is a Finnish expat who came to … Read more

Saudi Arabia – Recommended Blogs

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 blogs that might be useful for expats there.Lost In Riyadh The German author of Lost In Riyadh chose … Read more

Giovanna, Riyadh

Who are you? I’m Giovanna, I’m an Italian wife and mother of 3 daughters. Where, when and why did you move abroad? From one year I live in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, we moved to my husband’s work.What challenges did you face during the move? To come in Saudi Arabia need a visa, there are … Read more

Buying Clothes In Saudi Arabia: An Introductory Guide

Saudi Arabia is a deeply conservative country that is governed by Sharia law. Saudi nationals strictly adhere to the dress code. The rules are slightly more relaxed for expats, especially within compounds, but they are expected to abide by the dress code in the public space. The traditional dress for Saudi men is the thobe, … Read more

Moving To Saudi Arabia – What To Expect As A New Expat

Moving to Saudi Arabia can be quite intimidating for anyone who has spent most of their life in a Western or liberal democratic country. It’s important that you understand the reasons behind the conservative laws and culture before you move to the country however. Being the birthplace of Islam, with its holiest sites, the nation … Read more

Staying Safe In Saudi Arabia As An Expat

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 … Read more

Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Unwritten’ Constitution

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 … Read more

Coping with the Extreme Heat in Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

Bringing Your Partner With You When Working in Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

The Truth about Living as an Expat in Saudi Arabia

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 … Read more

Lynne Charnley, Riyadh

My name is Lynne Charnley and I worked in Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia from May 2008 to November 2009. Having been made redundant in the UK I was looking for work, and a friend of mine was acting as a consultant to a Saudi airline, he suggested me to the airline and it … Read more