You know, I haven't actually looked up what car seat regulations exist in KSA because even if there is no requirement, I know that my child is safer and more protected by riding in one.
Britax seats are my favourite - they install nicely in a variety of different vehicles. Have you traveled with your child's before? I have a folding luggage cart that I use to wheel it around airports (example picture here) and then gate-check it if my child won't be using it onboard.
From my experience living overseas previously, you may not find another cat that you like as much locally, and it probably will cost a lot more!
bring your car seat with you. You should be able to check it in for free. If you have the original box, then I suggest packing the car seat in that rather than letting it get thrown around with the luggage unprotected. We always buy our car seats from USA because there's better selection with much better prices.
Car seat regulations in Saudi Arabia? You must be joking .
Even if there are car seat regulations in Saudi Arabia they are not enforced. In fact, they don't even enforce seat belt laws in Saudi Arabia. Whatever you feel you need, buy it over seas and bring it with you.
The local car seats are typically the driver's lap, passenger's lap, front dashboard, centre console, or the rear deck underneath the rear windshield. (I'm not kidding.)
There are a lot of traffic laws here, and I would be surprised if there wasn't a law requiring car seats, or at least that children be buckled in. But as Maursh says, you see a lot of families with kids standing in the cars as they fly down the highway. And given that people regularly exceed posted speed limits by as much as 100 km/h, you can't really use behaviors to posit laws here .
Of course, none of that applies on Aramco property (nor in Aramco vehicles off facilities given the GPS tracking installed now). Driving in Aramco is (generally) a much safer, better regulated experience, and car seats are definitely required for young children. Remember too that traffic violations (even by dependents) go into the employee's record, and can impact performance ratings, raises and promotions. So most folks drive carefully inside Aramco.
Actually, according to the Ministry of the Interior website's "List of Traffic Violations" non-use of safety seats for children is an offence in Saudi Arabia, it comes in the third category of offences and is punishable by a fine of SR150 - SR300.
As others have mentioned though, it is a regulation that is regularly ignored (outside of Saudi Aramco facilities).
Aramco security doesn't really enforce the child car seat law either. Honestly, I gave up putting my kids in car seats for the short trips around the compound...it's too much of a pain for a less than 5 minute drive in which there is very, very little chance for an accident. It would take me longer to get 3 kids into car seats than it takes to go anywhere in Udhailiyah. (we still have our 6 year old in a fully harnessed car seat.) All car seats are in the 3rd row, 3 Diono Radians. so, when we drive in the compound, they sit in the middle seat.
In Dhahran though, maybe you need the car seats in the main part of the camp because the speed limits are higher and there's quite a bit of traffic.
Just wanted to ask if there are requirements for carrying a child in car seat. We have good Britax car seat that I don't want to sell. Its heavy so wanted to double check before making mind up.
Hey Adeel it seems that you have some experience with Britax seats. Can you share? Are you happy with them?
Sorry for being off topic. I've been researching britax seats for a while and thought to reach out and ask for your opinion. I've been sifting through car seats for weeks and finally managed to short list some. The blog reviews weren't helpful because they never mentioned anything negative. I almost gave up when I came across a site which seems to be the real deal. They look like they actually try and test these seats. After i've read the best britax seats article I learned how safe they are. What's your take on it. Would you recommend britax?