Expats in Riyadh will live in compounds, where the quality of life is good with pools, gyms, and various sports grounds frequently being standard features. In compounds, dress codes don't apply, men and women can mix freely and you should get a decent internet connection or have access to a satellite dish.

Venturing beyond the compound, the National Museum, the Masmak Fortress, and the Kingdom Center with its spectacular skybridge are worth a visit. Take a guided day trip through the spectacular Arabian Desert or do as the locals do - eat and shop.

Expat women should be careful to enter the 'family section' of shops and restaurants, however Kingdom Mall has a ladies’ floor where you can take off your abaya.

Given that the accommodation is paid for, and that rates of pay are excellent, many expats choose to work in Riyadh for a period to save money and return home having done exactly that. Being located in the Middle East also means many holiday destinations in Africa, India, Australia and South East Asia are much closer than from Europe.The official language is Arabic but English is widely understood and always used by Pulse staff in their place of work.

Local attractions

Riyadh's Kingdom Centre Tower skyscraper has the very specific honour of being the world's third largest building with a hole in. The panoramic views are impressive. The National Museum of Saudi Arabia is worth a visit, otherwise you can frequent shopping malls, markets and souks, and enjoy an impressive array of global cuisine at the city's many restaurants.

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Jobs in Riyadh

Pulse is currently looking for nurses across a range of specialisms to work in Riyadh. We have opportunities for registered general nurses (RGN), certified midwives, allied health professionals and specialist doctors. We are also looking for qualified consultants with CCST or equivalent qualifications. We work with several world class hospitals in and around the city.

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The climate is warm throughout the year in Riyadh and at its hottest during the summer. The average temperature during the winter time is 18°C, while the average in summer is around 36°C with the majority of rain falling during the late spring months. Wear light clothing in the summer and don an extra layer during winter months or for anywhere with fierce air conditioning.

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