Ahlan wa sahlanel and welcome to the InterNations Community for expatriates here in Riyadh! InterNations is a global network which allows expats from all over the world to come together and network and share advice with each other on the various aspects of moving, living, and working abroad. Our community here in the Saudi Arabian capital has a huge variety of expats spanning a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities, fields of work, and interests. Our members are always happy to help and to welcome new arrivals, and with a move to Riyadh posing various issues and potential problems, you can make use of the benefits of our collective local knowledge to make sure your move goes smoothly and to ease your concerns. Whether your question is "how will I need to dress as an expat in Riyadh?" or "do I need to live in an expat compound?" our members will have been there and done it and can give you the best advice possible.
With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Hong Kong or Jeddah.
Attend our monthly events and activities for Riyadh expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Riyadh expat forums.
Saudi Arabia has attracted a huge influx of foreign workers for decades, involved in the huge oil industry as well as other jobs, such as teaching English. The majority of expatriates in Riyadh opt to come to the Saudi capital for financial reasons, rather than other attractions such as culture or weather, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. The compounds for foreign workers provide a wide variety of activities for expatriates to make sure they have plenty of ways to enjoy their free time, while the vast shopping malls are also hugely popular with foreign workers. In general, the lifestyle often leads to friendly bonds being formed between groups of expatriates, and InterNations organizes plenty of events for expats to enjoy. While the culture and lifestyle of Saudi Arabia can be difficult to adjust to, there's a reason that plenty of expatriates keep coming back, and our members can help you make the transition much easier and avoid a lot of mistakes that first-time arrivals in Riyadh can often make. With your mind at ease, you can have a fulfilling and rewarding life in the Saudi Arabian capital.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Singapore or Dubai, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Our expat community in Riyadh is made up of all sorts of backgrounds and fields of work and interests, and our members also go through a careful approval process. This means that you can rest assured that any advice you pick up from our members will be accurate, and that any interactions or discussions you take part in will be polite and friendly. Our members are always ready to welcome new people and give them advice about the often difficult transition to living in Saudi Arabia, so don't be afraid to join in. If you're worried about safety, or need to be better-educated about the Saudi Arabian lifestyle before you take the step, you'll always find plenty of answers to your questions here. If you want to take things a step further, you can also meet members offline, as there are a wide range of groups devoted to various activities, from movie and book clubs to barbecuing and yoga. There are also larger social events — these provide a wonderful opportunity to network and socailize with a huge, diverse group of people, and are not to be missed!