12 Things only Expatriates living in Saudi Arabia will understand

For every Expatriate who wishes to live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he must follow a certain set of policies that can ensure his stay there.

Often the Expatriates that move to the Kingdom come in as by leaving their families behind in their home country. However, if you are to analyze the number of expatriates living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone, you will be startled.

There are around 10 million expatriates that have taken up room in the Kingdom and according to many of them, they are quite happy with their experience here. They are not only offered jobs but also given privileges that ensure their security in a foreign country.

Though, if you are an Expatriate and living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there are 12 things that you can easily relate to. There are 12 things that every Expatriate has to hear from either the Saudis or your family back home.

1-No matter how long you’ve been living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you’ll have to dismiss every thought of ever getting a Saudi Nationality.

Unlike the United Kingdom where Expatriates are entitled to a nationality after years, the case is utterly different within Saudi Arabia. Similarly, you’re never going to own your own house either.

These are one of the few things that will keep giving you a reality check that you’re an outsider no matter how long you’ve stayed in the Kingdom.

2-Despite everything, your Iqama game is very strong and firm. Still, if you ever fail to return back to the Kingdom within your Iqama Expiry date, you’re going to have to say goodbye to it.

The government will not entertain any of your reasons, no matter how serious or valid they may be.

3-You are often dazzled and surprised by how strict the policies and rules are within the Kingdom. The laws are just and have to be followed by everyone, no matter the rich or the poor.

They can forget that they will get away with a violation like they often did in The Home Country. When you’re living on Saudi land, you’re entitled to all the privileges along with all the punishments if need be.

4-As mentioned earlier, the weather is extremely hot but hurray! Electricity is so cheap that you’ll find every corner installed with an air conditioner.

5-Once the Kingdom is a built over a desert; you’ll be expecting more sandstorms than rain. Back in The Home Country, you only had dust storms every once in a few years.

But in the Kingdom, they will come to you a lot often! So slowly and gradually, you’ll just grow immune to them.

6-People there won’t be able to differentiate Pakistani and Indians. They are not able to differentiate among residents of European countries and Americans as well.

7-It is easier to get a Ph.D. than a driving license. If you’re a woman, you’ll doubt getting either.

8-For Arabs, everything is about brands and money. You’ll just be wondering how rich they are.

9-You’ll feel abandoned if you are around people speaking Arabic fluently.

10-If you ever come across another Expatriate; you’ll love talking to them.

11-Perks of living in the Kingdom include performing Hajj and Umrah very easily.

12-When you visit The Home Country, you’ll be asked to bring tons of chocolates, Vaseline, Lays, Olive oil and body lotions.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.