Studying and Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a rapidly modernizing country. The Kingdom was founded by Abdul-Aziz bin Saud in 1932, and is sometimes called "The Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam.
Occupying around 80 percent of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia is now home to nearly 27 million people, of whom 9 million are foreign expatriates. The vast wealth generated by oil revenue during the 20th century had a profound impact on Saudi society and led to mass urbanization, public education, and the creation of new media and infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and boasts a relatively high per capita income for the region. Now entering its next phase of development, Saudi Arabia is positioning itself to be a leader in media and education in the Arabic world and across the Middle East.
The City of Jeddah
Located on the Red Sea between the two holiest cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina, Jeddah is a port city that has traditionally been the entry point for Muslim pilgrims undertaking the hajj.
Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, with a population of over 3 million. The city is home to several world-class shopping malls, including the Mall of Arabia and Al Andalus Mall. In addition to delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, Jeddah is acknowledged as having the best Western and Asian food in the country.
As a major center for education, Jeddah hosts numerous schools and universities, including the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the King Abdulaziz University (KAU), which contributes to an open and collegiate environment for studying and working.
The city also features many cultural attractions, such as the Al-Tayibat City Museum for International Civilization, the Souq al-Alawi, the oldest traditional open air market in the Kingdom, and the dazzling Red Sea fish market in the picturesque historic district of al-Balad.