Moving to Saudi Arabia
Economy in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has an oil-based economy which is the largest in the Arab world. There is strong government control over major economic activities. Saudi Arabia possesses 18% of the world's proven petroleum reserves and ranks as the largest exporter of petroleum. It has played a leading role in OPEC for many years. Almost all of the Saudi government revenues and earnings through export are accounted for by the petroleum sector. Saudi oil reserves are the second largest in the world, and Saudi Arabia is the world's leading oil exporter and second largest producer. Roughly 92.5% of Saudi budget revenues, 97% of export earnings, and 55% of GDP is accounted for by the petroleum sector.
Buying or renting property in Saudi Arabia
Foreigners are allowed to own real estate in Saudi Arabia either for business or residency, subject to approval of the licensing authority. However, foreign ownership is forbidden in Mecca and Medina, except through inheritance, Non-Saudi Muslims can obtain leases of up to two years in these cities. Leases are renewable for the same period. If on the other hand you prefer flexibility in your life or are a short-term expat, perhaps staying in the country for only a few years, renting accommodation may suit your lifestyle rather than the stability of having your own house.
Visa and Immigration Saudi Arabia
Writer Relocations provides visa and immigration services for Saudi Arabia and many other countries across the globe. You can get in touch with our executives for further assistance.
Schools in Saudi Arabia
There are a number of international schools in Saudi Arabia which offer diverse curricula. Expats either send their children to a private international school or send them to boarding school back in their home country. Some of the international schools are governed by embassies, while others are privately run and host multiple curricula under a single roof. Boys and girls are segregated in Saudi public schools whereas international schools are usually co-educational. The school year starts from September and runs till June, and is normally divided into two or three semesters, depending on the school. The school week is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. Writer relocations offers school search service and shortlists the best schools according to your needs. Writer relocations offers school search service and shortlists the best schools according to your needs.
Weather in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has with the exception of the province of Asir on the western coast, a desert climate characterized by extreme heat during the day, followed by a sudden drop in temperature at night, and very low annual rainfall. There is considerable variation in temperature and humidity because of the influence of a subtropical high-pressure system. There are differences in climate between the coastal areas and the interior. The summer temperature is on average about 45° C, but readings of up to 54° C are not unusual. It becomes intensely hot shortly after sunrise and this lasts until sunset, followed by surprisingly cool nights.
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