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Cost of living in Jeddah


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By hmnour - Posted on
07 January 2012
Dear all-
Can anyone can give me details of the cost of living in Jeddah for one family with two children?
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As with anywhere, the cost of living in Jeddah is largely dependent on the life you wish to lead. Furthermore, for expats, it tends to be largely subsidised based on provisions and allowances granted by your employer.

If you're a family with two children, you'll need at least a 2-bedroom flat, and if you really want to capitalise on space, you can opt for a villa or townhouse. For details about these costs, have a look at the "Accommodation in Jeddah" page. 

You'll also need to think about schooling, which can be shockingly expensive. I doubt you'll be sending your children to local schools, and the international private schools generally cost between 15000 and 25000 SAR per annum - though the British and American schools will be even more expensive. 

You'll also need a car; though, the good news is that petrol is dirt cheap. For an average 4-door middle-range sedan (used), expect to pay a lease payment of 30,000 SAR per annum; as always, prices can go up or down from there. 

Other than that, there's things like househelp to consider (about 2000 SAR per month), and then groceries (75000 per annum). 


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Hi

Much will depend on your contract details.  It is common to have an amount for housing included and also schooling but depending on you expectations these amounts may not cover the total cost.  Cars are cheap compared to Europe and US petrol is very cheap but food is more expensive than Europe and the US also most other goods are more expensive - clothes, electronics etc.  I think sports shoes are cheaper and childrens things.  I do not know which country you are coming from but overall I would say cost of living is higher in Saudi than most European countries and the US.  Having said that it can work out similar or cheaper to live here because companies tend to contribute towards things (like housing) and the social life is mainly home based so much less money is spent on 'going out'.  Internet access is more expensive $$50-60 per month and mobile phones are expensive iPhone will cost $750 but calls are cheap.

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Hi,

I am being offered a salary of 30 K pm. What is the living cost in Jeddah for family of 3 members. Will women be able to get jobs.
What is cost of avg rent of 1 bhk 2 bhk, ?
Thanks in advance.

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Hello I am Irfan from india. i got a opportunity to work in jeddah. please tell me the leaving cost of jeddah. in my family we are three member me my wife and little daughter. my salary is 7000 Saudi riyal . please reply me this is good salary for jeddah.

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Hi Irfan, have a look at our Cost of Living in Saudi Arabia page, which will give you a breakdown of what you can expect to pay for your basics in Jeddah. Whether your salary is a good one and is able to cover all your costs depends on your own lifestyle and what you are used to, but our cost of living chart should give you a good idea of how far your salary will go in Saudi Arabia.
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Dear sir/madam My brother is an electrical engineer and get job in Jeddah,The working area is airport of jeddah and got total salary 10800 SAR (2000-hra,800-convence allowence and 8000-Basic),
Madam i want to know is total salary is tax free ?
It is enough salary to live in Jeddah
your suggestion is always helpfull for me
thanking you

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Hello Catherin , My Name is Avinash ,I am going to have job assignment at Jeddah with 03 to 04 months on contract of 2 Yrs. I have offered 10800 Riyal per month .Please let me know this salary pacakge is good enough for a family i.e Self ,wife ,daughter-4yrs old in jeddah.

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Hi Avinash, as mentioned in my previous post, the cost of living in Jeddah will all depend on your own particular lifestyle and expenses. Your largest expenses will likely be accommodation and education for your daughter. I suggest you have a look at our Cost of Living in Saudi Arabia, which has a price list based on the cost of living in Jeddah. You will then be able to see how far your salary would go based on your expected montly expenses.
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Hi David & Catherine,

I have found your posts very informative and woul be keen to have your opinion.

I am negotiating a package with my prospective employer in Jeddah.

The package includes kids school fee, house in a compound, medical insurance and 30k SAR per month.

Would that be good enough for a couple with two kids (6 & 4)?

Would I be able to save 15k SAR per month, if I live sensibly? (even if I try to pretend to be a millionaire my wife doesnt let me do it), so I am confident on her more than myself.

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

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Hi David & Catherine,

I am Musa from London.

I have found your posts very informative and woul be keen to have your opinion.

I am negotiating a package with my prospective employer in Jeddah.

The package includes kids school fee, house in a compound, medical insurance and 30k SAR per month.

Would that be good enough for a couple with two kids (6 & 4)?

Would I be able to save 15k SAR per month, if I live sensibly? (even if I try to pretend to be a millionaire my wife doesnt let me do it), so I am confident on her more than myself.

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

Musa

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Hi everyone
Can anyone recommend any international schools other then american or british (too expensive)for my son. Hes 14 years old and lived all his life in america.

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Good day Catherine,

Have a job offer (national sales manager for a logistic company) in Jeddah,

Salary 80k USD per year
Bonus 40k USD per year
Car allowance. 800 USD per month
Housing is provided in a complex
Medical package & insurance provided

It is just myself and my wife (No kids)

Is the above Average OR above Average?
Is 800 use. Good for what tape & size car?
How about the car insurance costs ... How does it work? And what is a range prices to expect to pay for a common car?

Thanks in advance
Sammy D.

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please can anyone give me the minimum price for a car rent in jeddah?

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helo
I am am been offer 7000 sar salary and housing and transportation will be provide by company with family educationl allownces will be given by them.
pls reply is this isa good offer I am from india pls reply me on vipin_chhabra98@yahoo.com
pls reply soon I have to join them or tell them no depend upone your answer I will decided

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