Moving to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the second largest Arab state in the world, covering some 870,000 square miles. It is an oil rich country and is the world’s second largest exporter of oil. It is primarily due to the oil trade that many foreign nationals arrange removals to Saudi Arabia, in fact of the 27 million people living in Saudi Arabia 9 million are expatriates from countries all over the world.
There are several visa options available to those looking at relocating to Saudi Arabia, the most common type being the residence visa. These visas can take many months to process and it is essential to have the visa in place before moving to Saudi Arabia; arriving in the country without the correct visa, or even if the correct visa is being processed by the Saudi Immigration Authorities can result in deportation, or imprisonment.
Applying for the visa requires the completion of several essential forms, documentation to prove that a firm job offer is in place and, additionally, the applicant must undergo a series of medical examinations. Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia the visa can be changed for a residence permit. The residence permit is in the form of an ID card, and it is imperative that it is carried at all times. Spot checks by the authorities are not uncommon and failure to present an ID card will result in punishment.
It should be noted that if the applicant has at any time been to Israel and had their passport stamped by Israeli immigration they will be refused entry into Saudi Arabia, regardless of their reason for entering the country, or the type of visa they hold.
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Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and they follow Islamic (Sharia) law, which is strictly enforced. When moving and arranging international removals to Saudi Arabia, and indeed any other Muslim country, it is essential that their beliefs, local traditions, laws and customs are respected and abided by. Failure to honour their laws will result in punishment by the authorities, and this can take the form of a fine, imprisonment or a more physical punishment including the death penalty.
As long as the laws and customs of the country are respected and adhered to then Saudi Arabia can be a wonderful country in which to live. It is relatively easy to find fellow expats; indeed it is likely that the large oil corporations have their own expat groups. The largest group of British expats can be found in Riyadh, the capital city, arranging Saudi Arabia international removals due to their work within the oil industry, however there are also several major financial institutions located here as well, employing people from all across the globe.
In recent years the city has seen a boom in commercial development, with several large shopping malls and skyscrapers now dominating the city skyline. These buildings are home to the main entertainment areas in Riyadh, with designer shopping boutiques and high end restaurants located here.
Arranging removals to Saudi Arabia is best done with the assistance of an international removals company, such as Fox Moving & Storage. Due to the country’s Islamic laws customs regulations are strict, and it is essential that the correct paperwork is filed in order for a shipment to be allowed in the country. We have many years’ experience in arranging UK removals to Saudi Arabia and have a deep understanding of the rules and regulations imposed. Contact Fox Moving & Storage today for a Saudi Arabia competitive removals quote and see how we can help with our household removals service.
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