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Riyadh



What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

People seemed happy enough in Riyadh -- I expected everybody to be miserable, but they weren't. Embassy employees often extend their tours there, and some outside of the embassy community have stayed on for years. I don't know the size of the expatriate community, but I'd say fairly large. - Oct 13, 2017
It's huge and varied. I had no idea there would be so many expats here. Morale also widely varies. A lot of people can't stand it and a surprising number of people claim to love it. As with any place, it's what you make of it. - Jan 19, 2017
Huge community, some thrived and some didn't. It's harder on the women, of course, but many Western women I met were very happy there. Some even enjoyed wearing abayas since they could wear next to nothing underneath them in hot weather, and they enjoyed the respite from the bottom-pinching, wolf whistles, and catcalls that prevail in other cultures. In the DQ you can wear what you want. - May 20, 2016
Large. Morale depends on where you work, and for who. - Nov 9, 2015
Big size, low morale. Americans working for the embassy are unhappy in general. The management is trying to take as many privileges from them as possible: limiting the motor pool, perhaps on closing the Annex-recreational center, limiting embassy events, etc. Danger pay has been taken away. - Oct 27, 2015
Large, poor morale. - Oct 15, 2015
Men like it better. Many women are very frustrated with lack of mobility and treatment of women. - Jan 23, 2015
Large expat community, morale generally low. Not much to do, lack of entertainment, and travel is expensive. Material comforts are nice, but going to Bahrain frequently helps. - Sep 28, 2014
People seem happy enough here -- I expected everybody to be miserable, but they aren't. People also don't seem to want to leave, which surprised me. - Mar 26, 2014
There is a large expat community. You have people who adjust well here, then unfortunately others who are quite miserable and wish they were anywhere else but here. - Dec 4, 2013
Large expat community. Moral is mixed some are fed up with life here and want to get out. Some accept it but no one I know loves it. - Oct 9, 2013
Medium. - Mar 17, 2013
Surprisingly large. However, many groups tend to socilize with others on their housing compounds. - Apr 7, 2011
Large. - Jul 27, 2010
It's pretty large. - Mar 29, 2010
Sizable. - Jan 18, 2010
Quite large. - Dec 29, 2009
Extremely large and because of the difficulties of dealing with Saudis, the expats hang out together a lot. - Oct 21, 2008
Surprisingly large. - Aug 6, 2008