How to Find Jobs in Saudi Arabia as a Foreigner


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest countries for employment opportunities in the world. It is a heavenly marketplace for job seekers from all around the world. Every year a huge sum of workforce migrates there in search of jobs. There are several reasons why people prefer Saudi Arabia to seek a job Few main reasons are, its country with no tax, pay scales are good and low living cost. However, due to the high competition, it’s a bit hard to get a job easily. In this article, I am going to discuss few ways to seek a job in Saudi Arabia as a foreigner. Here we go.


If you are a foreigner and looking for job in Saudi Arabia then you may need some preparation before starting your job search. Here are few things you can do to get ready for your job search.

Learn About Saudi Rules

As a foreigner in Saudi Arabia, it’s very necessary to learn a bit about Saudi employment rules & regulations and government laws. It’s because Saudi employment laws are a bit different from European countries. Here Sunday is the working day of the week. The weekends in Saudi Arabia are Friday and Saturday. In the month of Ramadan, the office timings reduce from 8 hours to 6 hours. Tax laws in Saudi Arabia also differ from another world because it’s a tax-free country so there will be no deduction on your salary.

Prepare you Documents

Before appearing in an interview in Saudi Arabia, it’s very necessary to prepare all of your documents, including academic certificates, experience letters, resume etc. It’s good to have your academic certificates attested. Attaching a copy of your passport in this file is also a great option.

Apply for a Job

Once you have got enough knowledge about Saudi Arabia and prepared your job application profile and documents, now it’s time to start applying for jobs. There are several ways to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia. Like you can use web-based job portals, visit companies’ offices or consult a recruitment agency. You can use any of these ways to start your job search.

What to do Next

Once you have got your job in Saudi Arabia, you may need few things to do to secure your job. You can visit your country embassy office in Saudi Arabia and can tell them about your job so they can update status on your visa. Its also necessary to get an appointment letter from the company because it can be used when you will extend your visa.

Note: It’s a recent announcement of Saudi government that they have banned foreigner’s allocation on few selected jobs. These are almost 18 job titles at this time.

These are few things you may need to know to search for jobs in Saudi Arabia. Getting a job there is not much difficult because there are thousands of job opportunities. However its necessary to do it properly because you are a foreigner there and Saudi government is very strict with immigration laws so they can easily depot you if you ignore their local laws.