MarHaban and greetings from your new home, here in sunny Saudi Arabia! As you begin your life in this fresh and exciting country, we at InterNations are here to help ensure a smooth transition for you with help, advice and, most importantly, links to other expats living in Saudi. It’s natural when moving away from home to feel overwhelmed by the sudden change in culture, taste, climate, geography, you name it! By joining InterNations, you can connect with other expats and you will be able to take advantage of their local knowledge, helping you to tackle even the most basic of questions, such as, "where can I find a good family doctor?", "how safe is Riyadh for foreigners?", and "What laws to do I have to abide by?". Saudi Arabia is an oil-rich country dependent on foreign workers — nearly 80% of those employed in the private sector are non-Saudi — but with the country being under Sharia law, there are certain areas of the culture which can come as a shock to the new arrival. Here’s where the insider know-how and previous experiences of your fellow expats will prove invaluable to you, whether it be laws applying to alcohol, proper respect to the country's religious belief, or the manner of dress expected of foreigners.
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Attend our monthly events and activities for Saudi Arabia expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Saudi Arabia expat forums.
Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Arab world and is home to the two most important cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina. The capital, Riyadh, has a population of over 5 million people and is the largest city in the country. In 2019, Saudi Arabia will boast the world’s tallest building when the 20 billion USD Kingdom Tower is completed in Jeddah. Red Sea beaches, the Sarrawat and Hijaz mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage site at Al-Hijr — these are just the pinnacles of this remarkable country. Your expat compatriots have visited all these places on their travels and, with their help, you too will discover unseen parts of the country that even the guidebooks won’t tell you about! Try new foods: the Halal diet is inspired by a mixture of Persian, Turkish, and Indian food and you can try the national dish, a stuffed lamb known as khūzī, or shāwarmā, a marinated dish of chicken or mutton. In Damman, you can explore the outdoor markets and bazaars. Your expat community will be able to advise you about the best places to go.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad 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 Malaysia or Peru, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
With InterNations, you'll be able to find like-minded people. We hold regular events which bring you together with people who have been living and working in Saudi for months or even years, whether they're young professionals, experienced CEOs or entire families. Our network of expats have gone through a careful approval process and all our members value our principles of courtesy, respect, and honesty which mean that you, and everyone who joins us, can be assured of being able to connect with people online and offline in a safe and secure environment. There are the very popular InterNations Groups which can be anything from dance lessons to food and wine tasting, as well as places for families to enjoy safe and inspirational days out. At our larger community-wide social events, you can network with expats and global minds from around the world. You can ask anything you may need to know, and get answers about how to deal with legal and administrative issues. So goodnight from Saudi Arabia — or as we say here, as-salaam'alaykum (Peace be with you) and we hope to see you soon!