Living and Working in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, officially known as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, offers one of the highest paying jobs in the whole of the Middle East. However, the laws in this country are enforced to the letter and punishment is severe for those who break them.
Unlike other countries belonging to the GCC, where drinking and socializing are allowed and there is tolerance towards all religious beliefs, Saudis take their traditions and religion seriously. However, this sort of working environment, though restrictive, gives workers seeking jobs in the healthcare, IT, engingeering and petroleum sectors a chance to save a large part of their salary. The high wages and generous benefits make up for all the restrictions.
Free housing and a tax-fee income are among the benefits working in Saudi Arabia. Apart from personal expenses, utility bills and food, most of the expenses in your daily living are provided for on top of your basic salary.
To be allowed into the Saudi territory, travellers need sponsors. For the job seeker, sponsors are your employers who are either Saudi nationals or Saudi owned companies.
As a side note, if your passport bears any previous travel to Israel, you will be denied entry. Entry will also be denied, and can even lead to imprisonment, those carrying forbidden products like pornographic materials, pork, prohibited drugs, firearms, and alcoholic beverages.
For those fortunate enough to be hired, soon after entry, they will be issued a residence card or Iqama. They are required to keep it with them at all times and a foreign worker caught without it will be considered an illegal and would be taken to jail.