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In the past 30 years Riyadh has, like many other Middle East cities, exploded into a modern, vibrant commercial centre with many Western characteristics. This rapid growth is also reflected in the population, which has boomed from 667,000 in 1974 to more than 5 million today. In many ways, it resembles a modern American city, with motorways and flyovers, international hotels, high-rise blocks and neon-blazing shopping malls.
The skyline is dominated by two new skyscrapers: the Kingdom Trade Centre is the tallest building here in riyadh at 300 m, and the well-established Al Faisaliah tower. Both towers are situated between the parallel King Fahad highway and Olaya St.
Living in Saudi arabia
Living in Saudi Arabia with my family was unexpected and unplanned, this was a big surprise and adjustment for my family. I’m very thankful thou because this was a great and wonderful blessing for us. But I know that this is only our temporary home....
I never realized living in Saudi would open a great opportunity for my family to learn and understand different cultures in the world. Also there are other opportunities to easily visit the other countries in Middle East and Europe..
I hope my stories here would give an idea, for those who are planning to live and work in Riyadh, what possible experience(s) they may face here. All my tips on this page were just based on my actual experiences, these may not be the same with others, I am just happy to share these...
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We adjusted during our first 3 months here. Some adjustments were as fallows:
Abbaya- wearing an abbaya in public places was a new experience, it took me sometime to adjust to it.
The Foods- our first meal in Riyadh were burgers and chicken from Mcdonalds, the taste was little bit different compare to Phil. Mcdonalds. And our next meal on a next day was
Kabsa the local food that my husband bought, (chicken and lamb with the local rice).
The chicken was good but the rice taste strange. My husband encouraged me to try the Kabsa which I did. After eating a couple of times I adjusted and learned to like the taste.
There are many supermarket and malls in Riyadh, where you can buy all local foods and if you want to eat Asian and Western foods, these are available in many restaurant in Riyadh.
The weather- Riyadh climate is very dry; in our experience, it is advisable to have a humidifier at home to avoid skin dryness, rashes and allergies. Use of lotion is also highly recommended.
The Road- One the challenges was remembering road or street names because the names are Arabic which are new to us. The helpful land marks are the Kingdom Tower and Faisalia you can see this towers from a distance which guides most of the drivers finding the right directions. It took a month before my husband has learnt the road's names and directions, now it easy for him to go around the city with out getting lost
- Pros:high income, lots of opportunities
- Cons:hot and dry weather conditons, extreme heat in summer
- In a nutshell:A country has wealth of oil and gold
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