Saudi Arabia is deemed to be an absolute monarchy, founded in 1744 by Saud bin Mohammed al-Mouqrin. The country has been one of the Middle-East region’s major strategic economic and political players. The total area occupied by KSA is around 2,149,690 km2, covering almost around 80% of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest and strongest countries in the Middle East region.
The country is known as the birthplace of Islam, having two most sacred mosques.
- Masjid-e-Haram, in Mecca the destination of the annual Hajj Pilgrimage.
- Masjid-e-Nabwi, in Madina the burial site of Prophet Muhammad.
Both the cities carry a significant religious importance and contain quite a big Islamic historic places to entice the visitors.
The Capital city of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh, which is the main financial hub, located on a desert plateau in the country’s center. Other few major cities in Saudi Arabia are named Jeddah, Taif, Jubail, Abha, Dammam, and Al-Khobar, having significant industrial, historic and tourism importance.
The other few major cities in Saudi Arabia are named as Jeddah, Makkah, Madina, Dammam, and Al-Khobar.
The Makkah and Madina is quite a busy city due to the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from the various parts of the world. Both the cities carry a significant religious importance and contain quite a big Islamic historic places to entice the visitors.
The native language of the country is Arabic, although English is widely spoken by most of the population, however, the official correspondences with different ministerial and Government departments are in the Arabic language.
The currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR).
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with very hot temperatures during the day and relatively cold at dusk. In summer, temperatures rises up to 50°C. However, given the size of the country, the west side has a subtropical climate with high humidity in the summer and moderate temperatures in winter. It is likely to have rainfall over the central area, including in Mecca and Jeddah. In short, you will often feel hot in Saudi Arabia.
The best cold places to visit in Saudi Arabia include Abha, Baha, and Khamees Masheet where you often find low temperatures with good rain and less humidity. These areas contain huge mountainous regions as well which presents a pleasant view and surroundings.
There are quite a large number of expatriates living in Saudi Arabia. These are attracted due to handsome job opportunities, availability of adequate resources and appropriate level of earnings. The other reason of attraction for the expatriates settling in Saudi Arabia is the religious and historical places existing in different parts of Saudi Arabia.
The most visited places for expatriates in KSA is Makkah and Madina due to religious obligations. There are different modes available to visit these places, one of them is by road either through your own car or on rental cars, rental buses and Haramain High-Speed train (recently Inaugurated by King Salman) are available to take the visitors to these areas offering quite cheap prices and other promotional discounts.
When moving to Saudi Arabia, it is important to observe the country’s cultural and religious dynamics. If you manage to overcome this challenge, Saudi Arabia can be an ideal and attractive destination for expatriation. The other attractions in settling down in KSA are followings:
• Low cost of living
• Learning Arabic
• Positive work-life balance
• More free time (for recreational activities/ family time)
• Beautiful environment (landscapes, coasts, mountainous regions)
• Experiencing a new and different culture and heritage
• Warm temperatures (despite extremes)
• Higher salaries & incentives