Lifestyle in Jeddah

Jeddah Port at Sunset
Many expats find the lifestyle in Jeddah to be more vibrant and satisfying than in neighbouring provinces and religiously strict Riyadh.

Being a point of entry into Saudi Arabia, the city has been significantly shaped by the diverse people who pass through it, either for economic reasons or en route to Mecca and Medina.

Its sparkling beaches, seemingly endless waterfront promenade, public art and foliage make for outdoor spaces that are an appealing combination of natural and man-made aesthetics.

But expats should be aware that the lifestyle they can expect when living in Jeddah is still similar to the rest of Saudi Arabia. There are no nightclubs or movie theatres and many restaurants in Jeddah are still gender-segregated.

Shopping in Jeddah is the main source of entertainment for many expats, especially women. Its malls usually contain some kind entertainment or amusement park. Some come complete with ice-skating rinks, while others simply offer patrons an impressive selection of international boutiques.

Some expats get exhausted by the constant consumerism, and in the end, the largest indicator of quality of life for many is the entertainment provided and the relationships cultivated within their compounds.

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