Saudi Arabia | Country Profile

Saudi Arabia

  • Capital: Riyadh
  • Largest city: Riyadh
  • Population: 30,770,735 (2014 est.)
  • Population density: 12.3/square km
  • Currency: Saudi Riyal (SAR)
  • Language: Arabic (Official), English

Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country located in Western Asia. It is the world's second largest oil producer and has an economy which is largely oil and gas based and reliant on the public sector. The private sector is expanding with significant Government incentives for investment and at present Saudi Arabia is the only Arab country which is a part of the G-20 major economies.

Massive population growth over the last 30 years from an original population of 3 million has created a boom in healthcare infrastructure and medical jobs. 70% of health care is provided from Government or quasi Government facilities with just 30% being from the private sector. However the Government has introduced compulsory medical insurance for all expatriate workers living in the country and has encouraged strong growth of the private sector.

Saudi Arabia has the largest hospitals in the Gulf Region and the most advanced medical facilities where highly technical procedures are performed. Organ transplants, advanced Oncological Surgery and separation of Siamese twins are performed routinely. However these facilities are largely confined to the major cities and the rural areas have a major shortage of hospitals beds and qualified staff.

Saudi Arabia offers physicians an opportunity to work in well equipped modern hospitals in the major cities where the income is tax free and the cost of living low. Infrastructure is good and transport links to other Gulf states excellent. 

In addition to a tax free salary, most employers will provide:

  • accommodation which is usually in a secure compound with facilities
  • annual flights to point of hire
  • family medical insurance
  • malpractice cover
  • education allowance for children (depending upon the employer)
  • 30 days annual leave
  • end of service award

 

The average working hours vary between between 40 and 48 hours per week. In the month of Ramadan, the working hours are reduced to six hours per day. This enables people to create a work life balance and enjoy time with family & friends.

Traveling from Saudi Arabia to vacation destinations across the world is very cheap and thus you get an unexpected bonus opportunity to explore the world!

So if you are looking to earn a high tax free salary and live a high standard lifestyle, Saudi Arabia is where you need to be.
 
 
REFERENCES
CIA DATA: GOVERNMENT, ECONOMY, SOCIETY, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, SECURITY
ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT:  ECONOMIC DATA, RISK, REGULATION, BUSINESS
SAUDI ARABIA BBC: COUNTRY PROFILE, NEWS
LIVING IN SAUDI ARABIA: THE EXPAT LIFE