Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
You should have the routine childhood vaccinations, such mumps, rubella, measles, etc. For the annual period of the Hajj, Saudi Arabia requires that you get vaccinated for meningitis and influenza A (H1N1). The large crowds during this pilgrimage increase the risks associated with infectious diseases.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
There are many good, modern medical facilities in Saudi Arabia with adequate medicine and good doctors for treating patients.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Referrals from expatriates already living in Saudi Arabia can be helpful. Alternatively, you can use your employer's Human Resources personnel.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, there are adequate facilities and health care providers in the major cities of Saudi Arabia. Expats usually go to the following three hospitals. They are also recommended by the American the French and the British Embassy.
- Kingdom Hospital
- King Fahad medical city
- National Guard Hospital
Note that these hospitals are considered expensive without acceptable health care coverage.
Always keep in mind that Sharia law prevails, so every newcomer should be well aware of what to do and what not to do. If you're not familiar with the rules that govern, research before you go. Crown can provide cultural orientation and can help you in this area.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Ambulance - 997
Fire department - 998
Police – 999
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Call the appropriate emergency number.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies will be marked by a green cross. Many hospitals will have a pharmacy on the premises operating 24 hours.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. In the major cities it is, but bottled water is also plentiful and purification stations sell drinking water.
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