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.