How is life for expats in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?

When moving to Saudi Arabia, the most comfortable option to choose is Riyadh. Riyadh is the most well-developed city in Saudi Arabia.  It is the capital of the country and many expats are residing here.

However, settling down there only because it is a capital city is not enough: we need to be sure that life there would be pleasant. So here is how expats experience life in Riyadh:

  1. The Boring Life of Riyadh

Those expats who are settled there do feel a little bored, however, those who are living with family are pretty much settled and busy with their lives. Weekends are spent in luxurious malls and cinemas. The theaters also offer the latest Bollywood movies. There are a good number of parks around the city which help you enjoy a good time with kids.

  1. Income and Saving in Riyadh

It is a city that not only gives you the opportunity to earn but also gives you save a good amount of money. All the companies in Saudi Arabia offer medical insurance which means that you don’t have to pay for your medical bills.

Multiple organizations are also offering residence as well as transportation or fuel adjustments.  The banks here are well developed and allow you to enjoy modern banking experience. Groceries are cheap here. Prices of many products like roti, fresh juice and petrol have remained unchanged for 15 years!

  1. Riyadh is a Developed City

The city tends to give positive vibes as it is a clean city.

  1. Weather in Riyadh

Weather in the city is harsh in summers but one can enjoy moderate weather for about 7-8 months in the city. Dust storms are reoccurring and can be often nasty.

  1. Cultural Ethnicity in Riyadh

You can find people from different cultures and religions making it even more beautiful. The best part of living in Riyadh as an expat is that all embassies are located here. This allows one to avail multiple services like consulting, passports and visas at ease.

  1. Children Education in Riyadh

For parents: they can choose international schools as well as national schools for their children. Best of all schools are located in Riyadh.

  1. Eating in Riyadh

Name a good restaurant and you can find it in Riyadh. Riyadh houses local restaurants, international food chains, and divine cuisines.

  1. Driving in Riyadh

Want to buy a car? Riyadh’s car exhibition is the best opportunity to buy cars at reasonable rates.  You can have the best driving experience here as roads are well developed and are among the best in the world. You can locate a mosque at about every 100 feet. All the mosques are very beautiful.

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