Saudi Arabia

7 Common Questions About Saudi Arabia


Huge, white unbrellas at the An Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Pilgrims walk in the shade underneath.

When many think of Saudi Arabia, they think of sand, of Islam, of women in veils. They think of ultra-conservatism and possible danger. They think of all the stuff they’ve seen on TV, plus all the stuff friends who’ve never been there have fed them. Having lived there a long time, I get asked a… Read More >>

5 Reasons You Should Move To Saudi Arabia


A downtown photo of King Fahd road in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. The highway and buildings look quite modern and the KingDom Tower can be seen in the background.

At first, most people would probably laugh at the idea of relocating to an ultra-religious kingdom, but these 5 reasons you should move to Saudi Arabia will give you food for thought. Everything in life has a give and take. I’ve noticed the more a “paradise” a place is considered to be, the higher the cost, somehow. This… Read More >>

An Insight into the Healthcare Sector in Saudi Arabia


Picture of a sunset over a Saudi Arabian city with a man in the foreground pulling a Saudi flag across the photo.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is one of the fastest-growing and largest economies in the Middle East. It goes without say that the country also possesses a perfect blend of tradition, culture, and expat lifestyle choices, which makes it appealing for the adventurous foreigner. It’s a big misconception that Saudi Arabia focuses only on oil. The job… Read More >>

10 Things Banned In Saudi Arabia


Numerous as things banned in Saudi Arabia may be, crucial ones may get overlooked when an expat weighs the pros and cons of living there. Saudi Arabia undoubtedly has strange rules that could make even a local scratch their head, but anything forbidden is usually rooted in Islamic law. I also often hear people criticizing these bans… Read More >>

My Expat Life: Five Years And Counting

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Rashad Pharaon looking at a sunset from a boat on the ocean.

It’s been five years. Five long years since I’ve expatriated abroad and traveled and worked abroad. My expat life took me from the Middle East to Asia; from Saudi Arabia to Thailand. It’s hard to believe how time flies when you’re traveling, when you’re working on your own, when you’re living a very different kind… Read More >>

Being Gay In Saudi Arabia: Dos & Don’ts


Closeup of the hands of two gay men holding hands. Black and white photograph with a defocused sea in the background.

After two years of blogging about the kingdom, the question of being gay in Saudi Arabia arose many times from readers and teachers looking to work there. Initially, I was hesitant to write about the topic, as it may get my site banned in the kingdom. However, I ultimately decided to shed light on a topic… Read More >>

7 Best Employers in Saudi Arabia


Defocused cityscape at night of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the King Fahad Road. The slow frame shows blurred car lights as they speed by.

If you possess a high level of education and experience, plenty of job opportunities await you in one of the world’s highest paying expatriate destinations–Saudi Arabia. The seven best employers in Saudi Arabia range from sectors such as tourism, IT, and banking, to healthcare, construction, and telecommunications. The kingdom’s surge in employment is mainly due to large investments… Read More >>

How Do I Get A Visa For Saudi Arabia?


Saudi Arabian visas are quite possibly the most complex to obtain when compared to other countries. Even countries like Bhutan, despite its highly-regulated visa process, allows open tourism. Saudi Arabia’s visa guidelines, however, leaves many scratching their heads and asking: “How in heavens do I visit? How do I get a visa for Saudi Arabia? ” If you… Read More >>

7 Reasons To Raise An Expat Family In Saudi Arabia


No matter your profession, whether you’re a teacher or a banker, there are very few countries in the world that give you the kind opportunities that Saudi Arabia does. High, tax-free salaries and traditional family values are but a few reasons to move there with your children. I’ll admit, the kingdom’s rules are restrictive, but this mostly… Read More >>

Living in Riyadh for Foreigners: Pros & Cons


A very dusty skyline of the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The buildings are yellowed and old and the place looks a little disorganized and busy. The landscape beyond is very flat.

Living in Riyadh taught me tolerance. It is a city of good and bad. It taught me to appreciate the freedom we take for granted elsewhere and to better my ambitions and talents. Saudi Arabia’s other cities may offer more diverse sceneries–but Riyadh city itself is flat as can be. Back in 1902, this was where Ibn Saud… Read More >>