Residential Compounds in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 10:14 PM by

Searching for a place to stay? When it comes to accommodation residential compounds are the best option! A compound is an entirely private set of villas/apartments that’s surrounded by high walls, barbed wires and armed guards.

Life inside the compound means total freedom, making the Saudi expat experience a lot more fun. Most westerners live on large resort-like compounds where you can wear shorts or swim suits. This is one place where the mutawwa’s (religious policemen) cannot come into and bother the residents, but outside the compound you are expected to abide by the rules.

Do not be tempted to rent somewhere you are not happy with. Compounds can be a bit expensive and yes even if you are interested in one, you may fall in the waiting list, but the whole package does come with a lot of benefits.

Benefits of living in a compound:
1. Buses are arranged for the residents to go shopping.
2. Transportation provided for dropping children to major schools.
3. Women need not wear their abaya within the compound.
4. Some compounds have an on site pre-school.
5. Facilities available for residents like swimming pool, tennis court, basket ball court, gym, bowling alleys, function hall and even a golf course.
6. Most compounds have a mini-supermarket and a recreation department for organizing fun activities.

Housing allowances are a very important part of your employment contract negotiation. So be 100% sure before signing your work contract so that you would not have to spend a huge percentage of your salary on housing and hidden extras.

For the list of compounds in Riyadh, click here.

P.S: The author has no commercial interest in any of the companies mentioned.
The information is as up-to-date as possible at the time of writing.



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    If you are looking for a comfortable villa, we have the ideal offer for you.
    4 br, 2 living rooms, open reception, kitchen fitted with all appliances.
    Shared common facilities for sports, swimming pool etc.
    The offer is for Companies seeking a compound for rent, or Expat tenants only.
    Please e-mail us for further info.
    Bienvenue à Djeddah.
    Si vous recherchez une villa confortable, nous avons l'offre idéale pour vous.
    4 br, 2 salons, une réception ouverte, cuisine équipée avec tous les appareils.
    Installations communes partagées pour le sport, piscine, etc
    L'offre est pour les entreprises cherchant un composé à louer ou locataires d'expatriés uniquement.
    S'il vous plaît envoyez-nous un mail pour plus d'informations.
    Bienvenido a Jeddah.
    Si usted está buscando una casa cómoda, tenemos la oferta ideal para ti.
    4 dormitorios, 2 salas de estar, recepción abierta, cocina equipada con todos los electrodomésticos.
    Instalaciones comunes compartidas para deportes, piscina, etc
    La oferta es para empresas que buscan un compuesto para el alquiler, o sólo los inquilinos expatriados.
    Por favor, envíenos un correo electrónico para obtener más información.

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