Expat Neighborhoods

Common expat neighborhoods include:

• Olaya
• Sulaymaniya
• Diplomatic Quarter
• Gornatha
• Al Hamra
• Ishbiliyyah
• Qurtubah

Rental Housing Cost

Annual rent depends on the type, size, and location of the property:

• 1 Bed: 80,000 – 180,000 SAR
• 2 Bed: 150,000 – 220,000 SAR
• 3 Bed: 180,000 – 250,000 SAR

• 3 Bed: 190,000 – 350,000 SAR
• 4 Bed: 230,000 – 400,000 SAR

Local Details


Public transport in Riyadh is very limited. Many new arrivals opt to get a personal vehicle with a driver.

Fun Facts

Saudi Arabia possess two of the largest desert areas in the world: The Rub al Khali, or the Empty Quarter, in the south and the Great Nafud in the north. Saudi Arabia also happens to be the home of the largest oasis in the world, at Al Hasa.

Until the 1960s, most of the population was nomadic or seminomadic; due to rapid economic and urban growth, more than 95% of the population now is settled. The cultural environment in Saudi Arabia is highly conservative; the country adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic religious law (Shari’a)

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