Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Middle East > The Sand Pit
Reload this Page >

Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Old Apr 26th 2015, 8:04 pm
  #1  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 43
cherrick is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

A long term posting to Riyadh looks likely. I hate the sanitized, could-be-anywhere hotels. Any ideas for small, historic lodging in the old city, close to the tourist souq, Masmak Fortress?

Corp Executive Deira?
Short term apartments?

Is it easy to engage a good taxi driver to call on for the duration?
cherrick is offline  
Old Apr 28th 2015, 1:37 pm
  #2  
Millhouse is not a meme
 
Millhouse's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Disneyland, Dubai
Posts: 14,599
Millhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

hahahahahahahahahahahaha

sorry.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahah


old historic lodging == shit in this part of the world.
Millhouse is offline  
Old Apr 29th 2015, 2:24 pm
  #3  
BE Forum Addict
 
Alexa's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Doha, Qatar
Posts: 2,675
Alexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

What Millhouse said.
Get a flat on a decent compound. Otherwise forget fun and games.
Ah wait...your company is not offering that?
Then forget it.
You'll be stuck in a serviced flat somewhere. Work, eat sleep..repeat.

Seriously, don't you people do research on the places you go to???
KSA can be good if you are on a Western compound. Otherwise, not so much.
Alexa is offline  
Old Apr 29th 2015, 4:37 pm
  #4  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
OleJanx's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Windscale....
Posts: 5,712
OleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond reputeOleJanx has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Historic in Saudi also means 'Built in the late seventies' too.
OleJanx is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2015, 7:16 am
  #5  
 
nonthaburi's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Buraydah , Saudi Arabia
Posts: 2,170
nonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Your budget will define where you end up.
2 bedroom flat off-compound 20-30k
3 bedroom villa off-compound 60k ish
1 bedroom flat on-compound 70-90+
Keep going up and up for more rooms and space.

Off-compound is okay if you have the option to go on compounds at weekends for parties etc. Compounds are a good way to meet people initially. Get a place near to where your work is. Where you suggest near by Musmak there is a lot of traffic which could be a pain.
nonthaburi is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2015, 8:06 pm
  #6  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 7,765
scot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond reputescot47 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Riyadh has no historic buildings as other posters have remarked. the place was a village until the 1970s. Jeddah has a few older buildings but "old" there means 150 years old.

Saudis like "modern" - preferably flashy, vulgar and in the style of Walt Disney.
scot47 is offline  
Old May 7th 2015, 5:33 pm
  #7  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 43
cherrick is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

OK, all points taken. The team on the short term project stays at the Four Points Sheraton, so I guess that's where I will end up.
cherrick is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 5:49 am
  #8  
 
nonthaburi's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Buraydah , Saudi Arabia
Posts: 2,170
nonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond reputenonthaburi has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Well that's a good location and close to where you wanted to be anyway.
nonthaburi is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 10:58 am
  #9  
BE Forum Addict
 
themajor's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2015
Location: Paphos Cyprus
Posts: 1,835
themajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Originally Posted by cherrick View Post
OK, all points taken. The team on the short term project stays at the Four Points Sheraton, so I guess that's where I will end up.
Yup you will be watched there. How about Arabian Homes Compund.
themajor is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 1:44 pm
  #10  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 43
cherrick is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Are there hotels in this compound?
cherrick is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 2:12 pm
  #11  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Posts: 43
cherrick is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Originally Posted by themajor View Post
Yup you will be watched there. ...
I see that the compounds are basically apartments, homes etc so not appropriate for a short-term (2-3 mo) engagement.

Can you please elaborate on you will be watched there, please? What am I getting into?
cherrick is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 2:22 pm
  #12  
BE Forum Addict
 
Alexa's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Doha, Qatar
Posts: 2,675
Alexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond reputeAlexa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Originally Posted by cherrick View Post
I see that the compounds are basically apartments, homes etc so not appropriate for a short-term (2-3 mo) engagement.

Can you please elaborate on you will be watched there, please? What am I getting into?
Almost all the better compounds have apartments/serviced studios for short term stay.
I know for sure Eid compound does and Kingdom does. Availability is, of course, another matter.
Alexa is offline  
Old May 10th 2015, 6:32 pm
  #13  
BE Forum Addict
 
themajor's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2015
Location: Paphos Cyprus
Posts: 1,835
themajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond reputethemajor has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Long term posting to Riyadh - housing ideas?

Originally Posted by cherrick View Post
I see that the compounds are basically apartments, homes etc so not appropriate for a short-term (2-3 mo) engagement.

Can you please elaborate on you will be watched there, please? What am I getting into?
Sorry .. Do not panic. All is OK. The Sheraton is a popular Ex pat location and so all phones are monitored and you are watched as a security issue. Standard practice. The apartments in the componds are also for short term let. Get some of your friends to check them out.

You will be fine.
themajor is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.