Saudi Arabia is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen. The climate is harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes. The official language is Arabic. Most Saudi business people and government officials have a reasonable knowledge of English. Expatriate Asian business people in Saudi Arabia invariably conduct business in English. The main religion is Islam. Saudi Arabia's economy is petroleum-based; roughly 75% of budget revenues and 90% of export earnings come from the oil industry. In Saudi Arabia, Muslim sensitivities must be respected, such as avoiding public displays of affection. Expatriate business dress comprises business suits for men and loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves, hemlines and conservative necklines for women. In public, women must cover their heads and wear long loose-fitting clothes that cover their arms and legs. Wearing an abaya – traditional dress for local women – can be the simplest method of dressing to avoid attracting attention. The security risk for expatriates in Saudi Arabia is medium. Risks include petty crime, the highly conservative Islamic society (particularly the religious police strict interpretation of Sharia law), and underlying security threats. Other risks include the extremely high rate of road traffic accidents. The currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal (SAR). Medical facilities are of a high standard in major cities. Most towns have a health centre or basic hospital, however serious cases may require evacuation to hospitals in a major city. The population of Saudi Arabia is 30.8 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.1% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Saudi Arabia, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Saudi Arabia as at 1 January 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Saudi Arabia is for example -34.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, -31.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and -2.4% cheaper for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Saudi Arabia for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Saudi Arabia) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Saudi Arabia is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Saudi Arabia? Register subscribe to your home location and Saudi Arabia and run your personalised reports.