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Khobar at a Glance

Moving to Khobar

Khobar is famous for its fishing and pearl diving heritage, as well as its oil industries, popular music, and sports legacies. Khobar offers a wide range of accommodation choices for expats and foreigners. Check out the InterNations Expat Guide for more information on moving to Khobar.

About the City

Khobar is a city in the metropolitan area of Damman, located in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Persian Gulf, and was first established in the 1940s. With a population of 941,358 as of 2012, it is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran, “The Triplet Cities”, form the third largest metropolitan area in Saudi Arabia and have a combined estimated population of over 4,100,000 as of 2012. Khobar is known for its fishing and pearl diving heritage, as well as its oil industries, popular music and sports legacies. An important tourist attraction and center of the local life is the Corniche, where many options for food and leisure are available. The city has desert climate, with an average temperature of 33°C.

Finding Accommodation

When looking for accommodation in Khobar, either on a temporary or a permanent basis, there are a few different methods that will prove to be effective. The locals try to be as friendly and approachable as possible. So, getting help from them, as they know the area better than anyone, is always an option. Local newspapers advertise properties, and local estate agents advertise online, so no matter whether you need to find somewhere to live in advance of arriving in Khobar, or whether you have the luxury of looking while you are there, you can be sure you will find a suitable property.

Prices can change dramatically, depending on the location and the dimension of the house. Your sponsor, most of the time your employer, may help you find a suitable accommodation.

Visas for Saudi Arabia

All visitors that are not nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia, as well as a passport with at least six month validity and a sponsorship in the country (proved by an invitation letter, usually by your employer).  The visa application can be made through visa agencies accredited to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia before moving to Saudi Arabia and in your country of nationality. You will also need to check out whether or not you need to obtain an exit or re-entry permit from the Saudi Ministry of Interior if you want to leave (and re-enter) the country. Visas are not required for transits up to 18 hours, except for nationals of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.  

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