Jubail is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Settlement dates back more than 7,000 years, when the Dilmun people first came to the area. The site of one of the oldest surviving churches in the world (dating from the 4th century), Jubail was, until 1975, a small fishing village, making a living from the abundance of fish and pearl oysters which could be found off shore. However, in 1933, Jubail became the landing site for a team of American geologists tasked with reconnoitering Saudi Arabia to determine the best locations to drill for oil. Their findings initiated an industrialization that propelled Jubail from a sleepy village to the largest industrial city in the Middle East. In 1975, a royal decree established The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, which was charged with planning, promoting, developing and managing the cities of Jubail and Yanbu, where international investment in petrochemical enterprises highlighted the need for rapid industrialization. Today, expats living in Jubail benefit from an advanced infrastructure masterminded and managed by this commission.
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Jubail’s world class employers have established a number of compounds in the city where most of the expatriates moving to Jubail as well as their families will end up relocating to. Usually offering a host of facilities including swimming pools, gyms, libraries, grocery stores and restaurants, expat compounds tend to be less culturally proscriptive than the Saudi Arabia beyond their boundaries. For example, it is possible for women to lounge by the pool in their bikinis – an activity which would not be permitted in public by Saudi law. Relocating to a country whose laws and customs are so far removed from those governing the West can feel rather intimidating. Membership of InterNations can affirm your affiliation to the wider expat community and provide help and support throughout the process of establishing a life in Jubail. It is also a platform for sharing experiences and useful advice and connecting with like-minded people in the city.
Expatriates working in “The Industrial City”, as Jubail is often nicknamed, will themselves joining a large expat community. As one of the largest petrochemical complex of its kind in the world, Jubail attracts world class companies and they in turn draw top technical and business minds from more than 40 countries. Whether you work in the petrochemical industry or in a sector that has developed to support it, you will find Jubail’s heady mixture of national and cultural heritage an exciting yet challenging community in which to live in. InterNations provides a global network of expatriates that can help expats in Jubail and their families to find inside information on what it is really like to live in this Saudi Arabian city. Those considering work in the city may have questions regarding the administration and organization of relocating to Saudi Arabia, about the cultural differences and the cost of day to day living. InterNations is an ideal platform to pose these questions and gain important know how regarding expat living in Jubail.