Many expats who come to Saudi Arabia to work prefer to live in gated and guarded communities called compounds. Many compounds offer recreational facilities and activities, shops, and restaurants within their walls. In Jeddah, there is a shortage for this type of housing and most compounds have very long waiting lists to get in. Because of all the extra amenities they offer, this housing comes at a premium cost. Many expats negotiate to have housing included in their work contracts.
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