Being an expat in Saudi Arabia is a privilege. When I was in the Philippines, going to this country was never in my plan. In fact, It was never in my country lists that I want to work as an expat. There are horrifying stories I heard and watched on TV about how Filipinos escaped from their employers, working without being compensated and the worst they were abused.

Well, how I was able to choose this country? Below will explain this question.

6 Things I Love About Saudi Arabia

1.Makkah and Medina

Alright, these two holy places are my favorites of all . Whether  going to perform Umrah or Hajj, visiting Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) Masjid in Medina. These two holy places will make you feel at peace in your life

Ka'aba, Mecca- Photography by Abdul Hafiz
Ka’aba, Mecca- Photography by Abdul Hafiz

 

Al Masjid an Naabawi, Medina- Photography by Abdul Hafiz
Al Masjid an Naabawi, Medina- Photography by Abdul Hafiz

 

2.Cost of Living

I chose working in Saudi because I can save money. However, it depends on your lifestyle and spending too. I got a good salary from my employer that can allow me to save money from it and spend less. housing rent and basic commodities and even gadgets are cheaper than anywhere else in Middle East.12400637_910155792415024_8877041006698274692_n (1)

 

3.Petroleum is Cheap

Well, we all know that the cost of living is cheap, getting a car and drive it wherever you go is definitely a freedom without thinking you are wasting every drop of oil like in Philippines or in any part of the world. Yeah! water is more expensive than oil

10150753_774811342616137_4774270664507460426_n 11695900_832439536853317_114791946960792992_n

 

4. Sumptuous Food

When I came to Saudi Arabia, one of the adjustments that I had is the food. I remember when I first arrived in the capital city of Riyadh, I was so hungry looking for a Spanish or Filipino food. I ended up in a restaurant that serves of what they are called Kabsah-The Traditional Food of ArabNot only that, since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to millions of expats, different delicious foods are being served from the country of Pakistan, India, Turkey, Indonesia and Philippines

Traditional Kabsah
Traditional Kabsah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12268415_889128017851135_1506359485_o-copy-copy

11991275_889128001184470_1006109901_o

10671217_699722343458371_6303360828043047053_n
The famous chicken fry of Jeddah

5. Breath Taking Tourist Spots

I may not travel all of the best tourist spots of Saudi Arabia but I am always in awe when I traveled some of these places. I love the scenery when travel from desert red sand dunes to cold places of this country

12249945_885697514860852_2819953075725236415_n

 

10150753_774811342616137_4774270664507460426_n

 

10917053_738141826283089_5565672735138127669_n
Where the desert meets the Red Sea
10952065_746276985469573_5823502979578436585_n
During Winter season in the desert

6. Exploring Market in Town

I don’t have a good negotiation skills when it comes to bargain in the Philippines however I learned to have it here in Souk. The city of Jeddah is home for its vast market! One of the oldest market is here that exist thousands of years already

10686718_674033586027247_1630374789068932491_n

 

 

 

 

Abdul Hafiz Ali on sabtwitterAbdul Hafiz Ali on sabinstagramAbdul Hafiz Ali on sabfacebook
Abdul Hafiz Ali
Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
Author

Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

8 Comments

  1. I’ll right away take hold of your rss as I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please permit me recognize in order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

    • Hi,

      You may subscribe on the above. Look for Subscribe newsletter, put your email and hit subscribe

  2. I am really inspired with your writing skills as neatly as with the structure in your blog. Is that this a paid theme or did you customize it your self? Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

  3. Greetings! Very beneficial advice in this article! This is the little changes that make the
    most crucial changes. Thanks for sharing!

Write A Comment