Moving to Jeddah


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Jeddah Port at Sunset
Expats moving to Jeddah can expect a slightly less conservative city than strictly religious Riyadh. 

The principal gateway to Mecca, Jeddah welcomes thousands of Muslims from all over the world every year. Many devotees stay long after their Hajj to join the countless foreigners who've moved here for employment opportunities.

As a result, the Red Sea port city has developed a more cosmopolitan character than most of the Saudi Kingdom.

Expats working in Jeddah enjoy a mix of traditional culture and modern enterprise, and new arrivals often find support in existing expat communities.  

The city is a fertile incubator for Saudi art. An impressive collection of galleries and open-air installations afford it an atmosphere lacking in many other Middle Eastern destinations. 

But its oceanfront aesthetic is often obscured by air pollution, especially during hot summer days. Industrial zones to the north and south of Jeddah are known to sandwich the centre in smog, which is made worse by landfill and bush fires.

Summer highs can soar to above 104°F (40°C) in summer, but Jeddah’s have convenient access to well-kept beaches and an 80km-long waterfront promenade that’s perfect for ambling away empty hours. 

Jeddah can be a salty breath of fresh air in a country where most aspects of life are restricted.

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