Residential Compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 5:13 AM by
Searching for a place to stay? When it comes to accommodation residential compounds are the best option! A compound is an entirely private set of villas/apartments that’s surrounded by high walls, barbed wires and armed guards.

Life inside the compound means total freedom, making the Saudi expat experience a lot more fun. Most westerners live on large resort-like compounds where you can wear shorts or swim suits. This is one place where the mutawwa’s (religious policemen) cannot come into and bother the residents, but outside the compound you are expected to abide by the rules.

Do not be tempted to rent somewhere you are not happy with. Compounds can be a bit expensive and yes even if you are interested in one, you may fall in the waiting list, but the whole package does come with a lot of benefits.

Benefits of living in a compound:
1. Buses are arranged for the residents to go shopping.
2. Transportation provided for dropping children to major schools.
3. Women need not wear their abaya within the compound.
4. Some compounds have an on site pre-school.
5. Facilities available for residents like swimming pool, tennis court, basket ball court, gym, bowling alleys, function hall and even a golf course.
6. Most compounds have a mini-supermarket and a recreation department for organizing fun activities.

Housing allowances are a very important part of your employment contract negotiation. So be 100% sure before signing your work contract so that you would not have to spend a huge percentage of your salary on housing and hidden extras.

For the list of compounds in Jeddah, click here.





P.S: The author has no commercial interest in any of the companies mentioned.
The information is as up-to-date as possible at the time of writing.

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  1. live on Granada Compound. The villas are a decent size for 3 bdrm. We redid the tiling for a reasonable rate of 2000 SR. which helped tons as the carpet was less than desired for me. The facilities are pretty good: Wave pool w slide, 4 satellite pools, rec hall, indoor swimming pool, raquetball courts, nautilus gym, free wt room, games room w pool, ping pong, fooz ball, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, bowling alley, piano room, theatre and library (that's under utilized), hairdresser, grocery store, dvd store, gift shop. A Restaurant is meant to be coming. School & Shopping bus is provided as well for select schools (multinational, british, American, Manarat, and a few other Arabic Schools) The Theatre is being transformed into an exercise studio for adult and kids classes of Pilates, Yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Ballet< gymnastics, etc.

    The community is mixed between the humanitarian hospital doctors and staff and those outside of the hospital about 80/20%.. The nurses and housekeeping staff from the hospital are available for cleaning and babysitting services. In addition, many teach various sports like swimming and tennis.

    The community is mixed nationality wise as well. There are South Africans, Americans, English, Lebanese, Russian; but a higher percentage of Philipino staff; Jordanian, Yemeni, and Pakistani doctors.

    There is an increase in expatriates recently on the compound, which helps to create more diversity and community atmosphere. Thus we recently were able to have an Adult and Children's Halloween Party and plan to have a Holiday and Spring Celebration as well.

    It's a quiet compound for the most part. The kids play in the basketball, Tennis, and Soccer courts, At times Adults play as well. Many walk at night around the compound. People are friendly and don't really get into your business.

    Ladies may wear there abayas and Hijab at their choice. So some ladies prefer to wear their traditional attire and some run around in bikinis. This is unlike some other compound where it's mandatory to remove and have your guests remove. You are allowed to have your Saudi friends come to the compound. At some compounds it's nearly impossible to include people from work in your social activities as well.

    It you are really adverse to people wearing an abaya, then you may feel uncomfortable. It would be like living in Dubai or Bahrain on a compound. All people are mixed.

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  2. hi im going to be moving to saudi arabia with my family. My dad is a pediatrician and will be working at the riyadh hospital. He'll earn a salary of 52, 000 SR per month and i'd like to know where were going to live. They said they would supply a housing for us in a compoung but didnt say which one yet. where do most doctors at this hospital stay at? we have a mom, dad, and 3 kids if thats helpful

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    1. Hi there, hope u've joined . hows environment there. is the hospital RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL? hows the compound?

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  3. Hi ,
    Please can you tell me how much will cost me rent of 2/3 bedroom appartment in residential compound ?
    Kind regards,

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  4. could u plz write down the rent prices??
    thank u so much for this helpful article!!

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  5. How much does a compund accomodation 2/3BHK cost per month?

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  6. this site is very good ..i really like it.
    and by the way, i have a good idea to own a house inside a compound if u wanna know something about it just feel free to call Mr.eyad at 0502214836 .
    here is my www.cayan.net (layaly compound).

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  7. Euro Camp is lovely green compound
    call the below number for more info
    it's always better to go personally and check out the compound, you would guarantee a place for yourself

    Hani: 0560402011

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    1. Ïs there vacant villa still

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  8. Hello,

    Can anyone here tell me please how much (on average) a studio or a one-bedroom apt run for in Riyadh compound? Thx

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    1. Studio 30000 SR TO 50000 SR , if you like contact Mr Mohammed 0562353239

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  9. Around 60,000 per yr

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  10. Al Bustan Village is one of the biggest compounds of Riyadh city.

    Comprising above 1,000 units, Al Bustan Village currently have availability in :

    2 bedroom apartments
    2 bedrooms town houses
    3 bedroom semi detached villas
    4 bedroom semi detached villas

    Wide range of Sizes from 108 m2 to 500 m2
    First phase opening by the end of March 2013.

    Near King Khaled International Airport
    Accessible to major roads,
    New location of American International School
    Biggest recreational building in any compound of KSA!
    Preschool & Nursery
    Ice Rink
    Eight lane bowling arena
    Golf practice ranges
    Cinema Theater
    Jogging Track
    Indoor and Outdoor tennis, basket ball, football courts
    Hotel
    Super Market
    and lot more... its a city within Riyadh

    Special rent rates for early bird booking!!!

    Please contact me at albustan.village2012@gmail.com for further information.

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  11. I have 1 bedroom apartment in Fal Compound, and leaving it.

    I paid up to 19-June.

    If anyone is interested we can arrange it with the compound to take over my place.

    Mohammad 0542717600
    shobaki98@hotmail.com

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  12. Dear all,

    I'm looking for 3 badrooms appt or villa in riyadh. I will move my family by June. any recommendation about the best compound Quality/price?

    MG

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    1. many offers for rent in compound plz contact Mr Mohammed 0562353239

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  13. Hi there,

    I'm looking for a residential compound near khurais road riyadh. Is it possible to get in the range of 2000 / - to 2500/- SR. per month. or in 24000/- SR per annum.

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    1. No its not possible, at least you have to pay 6000/month for one bedroom and a hall in the cheapest compound, Moreover, you need to pay it on two installments, 1st half before you the beginning of the rental period, and the second in the end of the 5th month

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  14. I am looking for a villa in a compound near Exit-16 ring road Riyadh. Please contact me at my email ishshik@hotmail.com if there is a vacancy.

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  15. I am looking to rent a 1 bedroom apartment on a compound close to the Granada Centre. Anyone know of any vacancies?

    Please contact me on pstaceyp@yahoo.co.uk

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    1. You are welcome , many offers for rent in western compound please call Mr Mohammed 0562353239
      Email : holmalamasi@gmail.com

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  16. Hi everybody, We are looking for a compound in Riyadh with 3 bedrooms. Can you give us some feedback. My contact e-mail is guillem.sagu@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  17. Dear friends
    I need to know about Living standards at Granada village compound. I am moving to riyadh Saudi Arabia next week. So I have been given a villa at granada village compound.
    Is there any day care center for my 1 year old son? Is this fully furnished villa?

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  18. Dear friends
    I need to know about Living standards at Granada village compound. I am moving to riyadh Saudi Arabia next week. So I have been given a villa at granada village compound.
    Is there any day care center for my 1 year old son? Is this fully furnished villa?

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  19. Greetings' I'm looking for a residential compound in Riyadh with three bedrooms.
    Pls contact at assim.magid@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

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  20. Hi everybody,
    Can someone plz give me informations about green city compound?

    Thanks a lot

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    1. Yes , contact Mr Mohammed he knows all compounds her in Riyadh phone 0562353239
      Email : holmalamasi@gmail.com

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    2. Can you please tell about green city compound... like nationalities living, life in general... do they have bars?

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  21. Hi,

    I am shifting to Riyadh for business purpose before Ramadan and I need a single bedroom set for 6 month or a year to put up there and would appreciate if you could please share the best price available flat there.

    I need to know below things:

    1. Price for a Single room set with electricity all all facilities (Security), (fooding would be appreciable or it should be nearby somewhere at the walking distance)
    2. Residence should be neat Mamlaka Tower.
    3. Need Office space near Mamlaka tower, or share the rent for opening a small office.
    4. What are the public transport available to reach the offices Neat Mamlaka Tower.
    5. Maximum Taxi charges to maximum distances near Riyadh.

    I would be really thankful if you could share the inline details of the above requirements.

    Thanks

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  22. Hi,

    I am looking for a 3 bedroom villa in a western compound, could anyone advise me? I have two children and I am looking for one with facilities for them and reasonable rent (because I have to pay International School as well).

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  23. Hello! I'm a young and educated female presently seeking a decent job at any compound in Riyadh. If you know of any vacancy or know someone who can guide me please send me an email at ryc.lady@gmail.com

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  24. Im looking for a 3 bedroom villa / apartment compound near Olaya area as i work in kingdom tower. Plz call 0557990400 if you have good quality options

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, it helps me a lot, realy appreciated!
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  26. The Plaza ResidenceAugust 26, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    A newly built executive compound at King Abdulaziz Road, Exit 5, Riyadh,KSA( near Kingdom School).

    The Plaza Residence is a high end fully furnished residential compound that sits atop a retail strip mall affording tenants an access to a range of goods and services. The compound is part of the Mateen Plaza with private access at the back of the building to afford the tenants privacy as they arrive and leave their homes and front access for visitors and delivery. The compound is completely secure to standards accepted by international and multinational companies.

    For further assistance and information, contact us at 059-175-1079 or info@theplazaresidence.com.

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    1. Can I ask about the rent cost for 3 bdr villas please. Thanks

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  27. The Plaza ResidenceJanuary 4, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    The Plaza Residence
    King Abdulaziz Road , Exit 5, Riyadh across Kingdom School

    For more information, please contact us at info@theplazaresidence.com or visit website at www.theplazaresidence.com

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  28. The Plaza ResidenceJanuary 18, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    The Plaza Residence is a high end fully furnished residential compound that sits atop a retail strip mall affording tenants an access to a range of goods and services. The compound is part of the Mateen Plaza with private access at the back of the building to afford the tenants privacy as they arrive and leave their homes and front access for visitors and delivery. The compound is completely secure to standards accepted by international and multinational companies.
    For more information, visit website at www.theplazaresidence.com or call at 0591751079.

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  29. hello ,

    Is it possible to find a studio in a compound at Riyadh with budget 45,000-50,000 SAR ?

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