Working in Jeddah
Expats working in Jeddah will find themselves in the midst of Saudi Arabia’s second largest commercial centre, and arguably, the country’s fastest growing economic metropolis.
Located on the shore of the Red Sea, Jeddah was once a quaint fisherman’s settlement, but today it is a bustling and mature sea port. The city’s existence as a centrepiece for trade has encouraged both domestic and foreign investment in a number of sectors. As a result, in addition to occupations that deal with commercial movement of goods in both the oil and non-oil divisions, expat jobs in Jeddah often revolve around the construction and real estate fields. Expat employees are also continually needed in the healthcare and education sectors of Jeddah.
Moreover, the combined presence of the Jeddah Seaport and the King Abdulaziz International Airport has made the city the entrance point for those travelling to the Kingdom in the holy name of religious tourism. Its historic role as the gateway to Mecca has now acquired a more modern dimension as the government funnels money into tourism overall, making hospitality positions a possibility for foreigners as well.
Furthermore, Jeddah is working hard to develop urban areas, boost its local economy and expand transport and infrastructural facilities; with these optimistic changes will come more opportunities for expats to work in Jeddah as engineers, architects and city planners.
Lastly, as Jeddah is still the home to a number of international consulates, many expats who are part and parcel to Middle Eastern politics in their home country may find themselves considering a job in Jeddah, rather than Saudi Arabia's religiously rigorous capital, Riyadh.