'No one wants to work in Saudi Arabia, Qatar': builders

Gulf construction firms are forking out ‘premiums’ to lure workers to the less attractive countries


saudi Arabia is good place to live
Ppl are so nice


Initially it seems difficult to live in Saudi Arabia, I know filippino nationals who were working in Saudi Arabia left Saudi on vcacation and joined other company in Dubai. The result after one year no savings due to the reason that every thing is open so what they earn they spend. But in Saudi Arabia the only thing they spend was once every month shopping and spending their time mostly on sport activity. Finally they send a letter to their previous company and asked if they can send them a new employment visa which they did.

Md. Hussain

Really Saudi Arabia is good place to live with peace and happy. One who living here they only can understand the value of this land.

Matt Williams

Oldtimer: I have been to Saudi on many occassions and have not found it as bad as people have said however your comments are deeply ignorant and over generalised ref 'Western Lands' Europefor eg has such stunning countryside, its rich in business, heritage and culture. KSA seems to have a great deal of sand! Perhaps as far as morality and hypocrisy are concerned why don?t you ask your fellow countrymen that I see drunk in Bahrain going into dubious clubs what they feel. As per usual your double standards are all too obvious to see ?.Hypocrisy?, yes totally!


I agree about the great things of Saudia but after working and managing 12-16 hrs, are you willing to come home and then find out there is no milk because your wife couldn't go out and grocery shop let alone find a job. Do you know how frustrating it is to be home confined 24 hrs. And we aren't even talking about the infrastructure of the kingdom. Remember the article is about people who have a choice. I wouldn't move to Saudia if I can stay in Dubai.


Yet most of your countrymen crave to somehow get to the ungodly western lands, where Morals are in short supply, alcohol flows freely, drugs available at street corners, and widespread mixing of the sexes is commonplace! WHAT ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY!

Imtiaz Hussain

I agree with this comment. Fact is there is little crime in Saudi Arabia as it is a blessed land with strict punishment. Moral values are also high and it is a great place to raise one's children as they are protected from ills like alcohol, drugs and free mixing which are prevalent in the West and even in places like Dubai.

Saudi Arabia is not a place partygoers will like, but it is a place that families bringing up children will find ideal


Saudi is like any other country, it is what you make of it when you're there. I'm Western and I loved being in KSA, as do many other expats there. Let's make judgments based on experience rather than hearsay please.

The Consultant

Alex, as someone who has spent a fair bit of time in KSA I would quibble with the statement that "Saudi is like any other country". It's certainly not like any other country I've ever experienced, and I consider myself to be fairly well-travelled.

But regardless, when it comes to trying to persuade people to move to a new country, perception is fact. There is a widespread belief that KSA is a strange/boring/oppressive/difficult place to live and unless that can somehow be changed then companies will continue to have to either compromise on the quality of staff they hire or pay signifcantly higher salary and benefits to get people to move there.


You have this article and the "Qatar should give FIFA back the world cup". I am wondering what is the new agenda for Arabian Business, and to what level does the host country affect AB.


you may be right about the agenda but i think you can recognize Qatar is not an easy place for a westerner to live.

As a Brit expat with experience of living in UAE and singapore i can say its not easy to adjust. I'm just here for the project. Eventually i have to leave so my wife does not divorce me ;-)

Abdullah Ahmed

@QATARI: Dude! Get a life instead of chasing Arabian Business which is by far the best and most neutral news agency we all have seen! It is written by expats and for the expats not for the spoilt brats such as you and your fellow citizens.


1.2 million workers in Qatar are prohibited from joining a trade union, in violation of international rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
94% of working people in Qatar are migrant workers, with no rights at work.
Qatar controversially won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and plans to spend over $100 billion on stadiums and other World Cup projects.
Thousands of extra workers will be needed for these huge building projects over the next ten years.


I would never work in KSA or Qatar for any amount and I feel sorry for those who have no choice!


I wouldn't be comfortable if I had to transit through Saudi Arabia.


If you are looking to save more while you are working abroad, KSA is the best for me. I've been here for more than 19 years now and i can say that its really worth to work here because you can save more than Dubai. Cost of living is here really cheaper.


Nowadays people demand dignity over money. This is one point KSA/Qatar should recognize.

@Dave, who speaks about leaving from there, no one wants to go there. That is the point.


I think they're talking about good quality labors. that's why Saudi Arabia is full of uneducated and unskilled workers.

Doc Holliday

Saying that KSA has "fewer freedoms and entertainment than Dubai" is like saying Yemen has fewer casinos than Las Vegas.

All the money in the world won't change the fact that no one, by choice, wants to ever step foot in KSA unless it is religiously motivated.

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