Saudi Arabia is a major oil producing nation and a large political and military power in the regions. The nation is a major exporter of oil products, which has helped its enormous wealth. The country is ruled by the Al Saud dynasty, which has ruled the nation for many years. Saudi Arabia continues to have close ties with the United States and the nation employees thousands of expatriates from around the world.
The country is considered the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam. The dominant religion in the country is Sunni Islam and its rules and observances are strictly enforced. It is important that expatriate research life in Saudi Arabia before they visit or reside in the country. It is recommended that expats become familiar with the local customs, especially with regard to religious observances. Expats should also find Western housing, which will make the transition for the expat employee and family members much more familiar and easier.
Note that women, even expats, should wear the abaya at all times when outside in public. Men and woman are kept separate in restaurants, cars and even when walking down a street. While the country has been able to prevent terrorist attacks in the recent past, expats should remain vigilant and obtain a plan that covers war and terrorism if possible.
Healthcare in Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has over two thousand primary health care centers and 200 hospitals across the country. The level of medical care is considered extremely good and expatriates will have access to extremely good medical care from Western-trained doctors and staff. The main hospital for the country is the King Fahad Medical City in the capital city Riyadh. There are also several specialty hospitals available for expats and local nationals. Most expats will still want to obtain a plan that will cover medical treatment outside the country and also cover emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.
Back in 2005, the KSA introduced a compulsory medical insurance system for expatriates, most of which work in the petroleum industry. Most expat insurers offer fully compliant coverage for expats residing in the country. To know about healthcare system in Saudi Arabia check out our healthcare region page.
Insurance Plans for Expat in Saudi Arabia
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to venture into KSA:
- War and Terrorism Insurance
- International Health Insurance
- Expat Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Coverage
- Special Risk Plans
- Group Expat Insurance Plans
If you require a quote for Saudi Arabia expat insurance, contact Expat Financial today to discuss your individual or organization’s requirements. We have a great deal of experience in sourcing insurance for expatriates in the Middle East.