Thank you very much for the E mail but i was looking to rent an apartment in R T , the nearest decent compound available to contractors in dammam or khobar and the horror stories about safety on the roads has put me off commuting from there, so thought an apartment near to the trainig school would do . trying to work out how much renting one would be and work out my living expenses ?
Just been made an offer. Work location is in RT and I'm on Eastern Payroll with Family Status (wife and 2 small children). As there is no on compound accommodation available, I will receive an RAA.
I'd rather live close to (walking distance or a short drive) work and have been trying to look at the availability of housing that meets this requirement. My RAA is SR 36k and I'd appreciate any advice or information on such options. I have tried looking online and the information on this has been very sketchy at best.
I recently accepted an offer to work at the Ras Tanura site. I won't be provided compound housing, I expect since I'll be contracting through SRACO. I've been looking for housing online and haven't felt very comfortable with what I'm finding. Can anyone share their thoughts on living arrangements in RT, preferably near the facility and what should I expect to pay for housing. I realize this is a very generic and broad question so any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Also, I'm a single male so the housing would just be for myself.
Swan, do you know what I can expect to pay for housing outside the compound. Also what are daily living expenses like. I'm not looking to invest much money in extras but I will likely have to purchase a vehicle if public transportation isn't feasible. Thanks!
Where are you coming from? Our rent in Khobar was very expensive. I have no idea about RT, sorry. Around 60,000SR (annual) in a compound in Khobar for a 1 bed. That may be dropping, as prices seem to be falling.
Compared to the UK. Petrol is extremely cheap. Cars are cheap. Our supermarket shop was comparable. Buying local you could shop cheaply. If you want imported cheese, kids cereal, Australian beef etc etc the prices start going up! Eating out was comparable - but that would have included alcohol in the UK, and obviously only soft drinks in KSA.
Public transportation = taxis. Aramco put on busses from RT to Dhahran, but there is very limited public transport in KSA (for example, there us a train Dammam to Ryiadh, a bus Dammam to Bahrain, but not much else.) The bigger compounds often have busses - ours took the kids to school, and me to the shopping malls, but that is dependant on the compound.
Most of the SMP I work with pay around 1500 SAR per month in Rahima. These guys have been here for 4 years+, so any new rentals may be a little higher. I would budget around 2k SAR monthly for it. There are endless fast food takeaways and basic restaurants in town. The local food or Indian / Pakistani are amazing value compared to western takeaways and pretty tasty. Supermarkets have a decent enough selection, beef can be expensive depending on country of origin as stated
Your own transport will be required, as public transport is very poor in kingdom. You can pick up a new Nissan Sunny for around 40k SAR, and for some reason resale prices are crazy high in kingdom so if your budget stretches, new is the best way. Once you have your Iqama and bank account sorted finance will be available to you for a car.
There is a compound in Rahima (Al Suwaidi), but it is crazy expensive compared to in town rents so I would only consider it short term.