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Resources on Moving to Saudi Arabia

 Our family will be relocated in Saudi Arabia this summer. That is a big move for anyone from the United States. I like to do my research on any big decision.  We will be moving to Dhahran with Aramco. My husband is actually already there.  On the sidebars to this blog are many of the resources I used to gather information. 

News and Current Events

You can set up Yahoo news to send you a digest of articles that have a certain keyword. We set it up with the key word “Saudi Arabia” and every few days, I receive in my in-box links to pertinent articles.

 The Arab News

Everyday I read this English language Saudi Arabian newspaper. I read the main articles.  I also look at the letters to the editors, the Islam section, where people are answering questions about Islam kinda “Dear Abby” style. I read the “Law and You” section which often has expats asking for advice on their employment situations. Also in the “World” section is “Opinions” and “Arab View”.

You can also sign up for emails from the Saudi U.S. Relations Information Service. This particularly addresses business and political happenings in a very positive way.

Personal Information


To get practical information about moving to Saudi Arabia from those who have done it I read the two expat forums that I have linked in sidebar.


 The blog I read everyday is American Bedu which is linked in the sidebar. This prolific blogger understands the expats perspective being one herself and is immersed in Saudi life and culture as she is married to a Saudi man. She updates her blog almost everyday and has a loyal following who add value through their comments and she attracts others who find her blog as they search for info and insights on cultural aspects of Saudi Arabia. I also frequently read Crossroads Arabia which comments upon news articles on Saudi Arabia. I drop in on the other blogs in the sidebar from time to time. “Sands Gets in My Eyes” has an archive of many entries of interest to anyone considering coming to the kingdom.

I had made so many shortcuts to resources on my computer desktop that it was a mess. Then I set up this blog and organized my resources in a way that I can go here and find what I want to read on a daily basis and have my other sources handy for reference. You are welcome to come to my blog and use it as a jumping off point as you do your “due diligence”.  Please let me know of other resources you are finding particularly helpful and I may add them here.

3 Responses

  1. Dear Colorado,

    I have lived in Al-Khobar for seven months. If you wish to ask me any questions, you may write or call me at 055-105-0187.

    Thank you.

    Craig Parker
    Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

  2. You’re headed to where we live. Let me know if you need help or have questions. What department is your husband working for? Do you know where you’ll be living – is your husband in your house or is he in bachelor quarters until you get here? You can send me an e-mail and I’ll give you our Vonage number that you can call if you want the inside scoop on living here. Sounds to me like you’re going to move here just in time to experience your first Ramadan. You’ll be in for a real thrill…

  3. Good luck with your move – I’m sure you’ll find Dhahran a great place to live and work! Like the previous commentor – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do what I can to help. hometown_writer at

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