Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil, but it has diversified its economy in recent years and now produces and exports a variety of industrial goods.
The country’s healthy economy makes it a popular destination for expats. Saudi Arabia is often associated with high earnings and an overall low cost of living, and according to our 2017 Expat Explorer survey, the country was ranked 3rd out of 47 countries for disposable income.
In the Expat Explorer survey, Saudi Arabia also ranked 1st out of 47 countries for savings and 21st for job security. And in The World Bank’s 2017 Ease of Doing Business Survey, it came 94th out of 190 countries, scoring particularly well for dealing with construction permits and registering property.
The Saudi business environment is likely to be radically different to your home country, especially if you’re from the West. It takes time to adapt – and some expats find their contract comes to an end before they’ve had the chance to settle into working life.