Living in Saudi Arabia
Living in Saudi Arabia can be intimidating at the start, but in the end, life in this neck of the woods is a truly rewarding experience because of the country’s culture, people and environment.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the most sought after destination for job-seeking expats in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Furthermore, expats are attracted work in Saudi Arabia is for a competitive remuneration with no personal taxation charge.
Aside from the salary, contract workers are also given "indemnity" at the end of their contract as a sign of saying, "thank you" for the tenure of more than three years. Indemnity is usually amounting to 15 (in some cases 20) days of basic pay per year of employment for the first three years and after that a month's salary per year of employment. Today, employers are just paying a salary, which covers the basic salary, car provision or allowance, housing provision or allowance, medical cover and air tickets for home visits. Although foreigners are encouraged to work in Saudi Arabia, they cannot become citizens, or own land and property. Citizenship can be granted in exceptional circumstances only. Employment is concentrated in the construction industry and government services. Job openings can also be found in the Information Technology sector. There is also a high demand for medical and nursing staff, computer personnel, accountants, and executive and office staff.
Office works are usually between 40 and 48 hours. During Ramadan, the working day is reduced to six hours and legally this should apply to all staff, but many companies only use it to Muslims, who fast during daylight hours. All expatriates must undertake contract signing including government-controlled medical examination for safety and security purposes. Many may have reservations working in Saudi Arabia, which is the largest country in the Gulf region, but rest assured that it a safe place to live and work.