Living in the Middle East / Saudi Arabia

Living and Accommodation

Date Posted: February 16, 2016      

Saudi Arabia offers a variety of potential living environments including villas and apartments. Many expatriate families, particularly with children, choose to live in one of the many gated residential communities; although it is also possible to rent directly from the local market.

As valued Associates of Abdul Latif Jameel, we take your comfort and safety very seriously. As such, we are building housing for many of our expatriate technical staff in both Jeddah and Riyadh, and we offer comprehensive accommodation packages for our senior staff.

Expatriate Residential Communities

The residential communities in Saudi Arabia were first built to allow expatriates to live in a similar way to how they would in their home country, as many of the local customs that you may find very different from your own – such as women wearing the full abaya – do not apply within the closed confines of the community.

Although the complexes can vary in size, they are all self-contained and manned by security who will conduct checks on visitors to the complex. The accommodation comprises both furnished and unfurnished villas and within the communities there will be a wide array of facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts, libraries, shopping centers, restaurants and schools.

In addition to the freedom and comfortable surroundings, expatriates tend to prefer compound living as it provides a good opportunity to meet like-minded expatriates who share similar lifestyles and interests. There tends to be a great community spirit in these neighborhoods and strong friendships are forged, with many families socializing together and enjoying sporting activities, amateur dramatics, book clubs, and even organized day trips.

Due to their popularity, these communities are in high demand. So you may have to wait for a short while before accommodation within a preferred compound becomes available. Rents are also required to be paid one year in advance and tenants are responsible for covering the costs of all utilities. Arrangements for Abdul Latif Jameel housing allowances to be paid in advance can also be made, so this is not a problem.

Local accommodation

Of course, community living is not for everyone, so it is possible for expatriates to rent a villa or apartment in a residential area outside of the communities. However, you should keep in mind that you may not have the same facilities available as inside the compounds. Local accommodation is mostly advertised in the Arabic press or in the buildings, or complexes themselves.

Some popular residential compounds include:

 

Riyadh

Al-Hamra Oasis Village Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2490440

 

Al-Jazeerah Bader – Super Deluxe Villas

Tel: (+966) 1 4921135

 

Al-Manar Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2460100

 

Al-Mohaeya Compound – Only for Arabs

Tel: (+966) 1 4821222

 

Al-Nakheel Residence – Las Palmeras Village

Tel: (+966) 1 4703707

 

Al-Ola #7

Tel: (+966) 1 4607704

 

Al-Ola Real Estate

Tel: (+966) 1 4607704

 

Al-Wadi Esatate-Villas Rosas

Tel: (+966) 1 4864711, Ext: 249

 

Al-Waha Estate – An Annexe Estate – Villas Rosas

Tel: (+966) 1 4864711, Ext: 249

 

Al-Yamama Resorts, Chalets, & Water Park

Tel: (+966) 1 2240022

 

Arabian Homes Co. Ltd.

Tel: (+966) 1 4541888

 

Official Asasco Village Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 4199000

 

Cordoba Oasis Village Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2483471

 

Delta #1 Estate – Villas Rosas

Tel: (+966) 1 4864711, Ext: 249

 

Delta #2 Estate – Villas Rosas

Tel: (+966) 1 4864711, Ext: 249

 

Eid Villas Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2483366, 2493400

 

Fal Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2485847

 

Kingdom City Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2750275

 

Khuzama Village

Tel: (+966) 1 4812646

 

Najd Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2481040

 

Palm Court

Tel: (+966) 1 4850288

 

Rabwa Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 4931741

 

Ranco Village

Tel: (+966) 1 4924411, Ext: 600

 

Roc Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 2412800

 

Sahara Towers Residential Compound

Tel: (+966) 1 4625666

 

Seder Village

Tel: (+966) 1 2280000

 

Star Compound – Villas Rosas

Tel: (+966) 1 4864711, Ext: 249

 

 

 

Jeddah:

Abdullah Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 6522358

 

Abir Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 6426431

 

Al Andalus Luxury Villas:

Tel: (+966) 2 6695154

 

Aoun Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 683 3909 Ext. 229

 

 

Al Basateen Village:

Tel: (+996) 2 694 4015

 

Al Hajrayn Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 694 3464

 

Al Hamra Villas:

Tel: (+966) 2 663 0180

 

Al Rumaih Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 699 1259 ext 300

 

Al Salam Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 671 7121

 

Al Saraya Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 663 7047

 

Ali Reza Properties:

Tel: (+966) 2 660 7590

 

Arabian Homes Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 682 2201

 

Aromary Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 694 0086

 

Azzam Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 272 7800

 

Belleview:

Tel: (966) 2 665 7666

 

Binzagr Villa Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 667 2064 Ext: 111

 

Dive Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 656 1416

 

Elite 3:

Tel: (+966) 2 661 0930

 

Fatma Compound Location:

Tel: (+966) 2 652 2358

 

Nada Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 692 0099

 

Nueve Andalucia:

Tel: (+966) 2 682 3434

 

Oasis Compounds:

Tel: (+966) 2 660 7590

 

Rania Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 660 7103

 

Red Sea Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 669 7220

 

Reem Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 682 9196

 

Rose Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 656 2501

 

Salmia Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 640 0253

 

Siham Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 644 0844

 

Shaker Village Compound:

Tel: (+966) 2 694 1129, Ext 401

 

Sharbatly Village:

Tel: (+966) 2 639 2020

 

Sunset Village

Tel: (+966) 2 654 9533

 

 

 

Dammam:

Al Bilad Compound I

Tel: (+966) 3 857 3115

 

Al Bilad Compound II

Tel: (+966) 3 882 7676

 

Al Danah Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5445

 

Al Derbas

Tel: (+966) 3 882 8433

 

Al Ferdous Village

Tel: (+966) 3 889 2211

 

Al Gosaibi

Tel: (+966) 3 882 7711

 

Al Habib Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 887 2423

 

Al Mutlaq Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 857 1945

 

Al Mutlaq Centre Apartments

Tel: (+966) 3 8872211

 

Al Mutlaq Real Estate Division

Tel: (+966) 3 882 2211

 

Al Nada Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5445

 

Al Naseem Village

Tel: (+966) 3 882 9190

 

Al Rehab Village

Tel: (+966) 3 859 3929

 

Al Rushaid Village 1

Tel: (+966) 3 882 6993

 

Al Saeed Village

Tel: (+966) 3 857 2687

 

Al Safa Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 893 0405

 

Al Salak Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 857 1003

 

Al Swaikat

Tel: (+966) 3 881 2037

 

Almohawas

Tel: (+966) 3 882 6010

 

Arabian Village

Tel: (+966) 3 857 5758

 

Athieb Village

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5756

 

Bajri Garden Village

Tel: (+966) 3 3641115

 

Dammam Towers

Tel: (+966) 3 827 2077

 

Euro Village

Tel: (+966) 3 857 9780

 

Golden Belt Village (Formerly Al Mira)

Tel: (+966) 3 882 6674

 

Golden Belt Village

Tel: (+966) 3 882 8955

 

Green Valley Village

Tel: (+966) 3 843 4142

 

Jadawel City

Tel: (+966) 3 859 0085

 

Juffali Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 0267

 

Jzala Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 857 5777

 

Kanoo

Tel: (+966) 3 857 6616

 

Lotus Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5824

 

M & M Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 822 3073

 

NCB Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 6913

 

Nesma Village

Tel: (+966) 3 887 1838

 

Rabwah Village

Tel: (+966) 3 859 5104

 

Red Sea H.S.Co. Ltd.

Tel: (+966) 3 361 3451

 

Rezayat Apart.

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5955

 

Riyadh A Compound

Tel: (+966) 3 882 9977

 

Rolaco

Tel: (+966) 3 857 4800

 

Sea View

Tel: (+966) 3 882 4918

 

Tamimi

Tel: (+966) 3 882 7141

 

T.I.G.

Tel: (+966) 3 857 2005

 

Al Rosais Village

Tel: (+966) 3 882 5814

 

Zamil Village

Tel: (+966) 3 857 0101

 

 

No matter where you decide to live, keep the following things in mind:

  • If you do not read Arabic, make sure that you get an English rental agreement and/or an official translation of the Arabic before you sign anything.
  • Check if your new home already has utility connections for water and electricity. Note that gas is only bought in bottles.
  • If you want to save some time and money, choose housing that has at least some basic furnishing. In residential communities, fully furnished housing is available.
  • Ask about voltage and frequency, and stock up on adapters and plug-in sockets. Standard voltage and frequency in Saudi Arabia is 230V and 6Hz.
  • A letter issued by your employer, confirming your employment, might be needed to finalize the tenancy agreement. Abdul Latif Jameel HR can provide a letter on request.
  • Remember, it is prohibited for unmarried couples to live together in Saudi Arabia.
  • Even groups of same sex individuals (particularly groups of males) who live together in predominantly family residential areas can be at risk of eviction, if one of the families living nearby objects to the group’s living arrangements.