Riyadh

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
63/263
Details
Large apartment$841.31
Medium apartment$678.86
Rent index [score]0.89
Small apartment$516.42

Cost of Living

8
60/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.00
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.25
Inflation [score]0.78
Lunch$6.60
Monthly fitness club membership$85.00
Monthly public transport$59.00
Movie ticket$22.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$32.95

Startups

4
174/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups30
Meetups members13721
Number of investors13
Number of startup events in the last 12 months20
Number of upcoming meetup events9
Startup climate scene [score]0.49
Startup events11
Startup events7
Startup events [score]0.39
Startups [score]0.47
Total number of startups25

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

2
150/260
Details
Airport hub79
Airport hub [score]0.39
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.10

Commute

4
200/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Saudi_Arabia/Riyadh
Traffic handling [score]0.50

Business Freedom

6
191/259
Details
Business freedom69.90
Business freedom [score]0.56
Freedom from corruption49.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.44
Lack of labor restrictions68.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.60
Time to open a business15.00
Time to open a business [score]0.84

Safety

9
37/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.93
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents35
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.83
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

6
177/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.66
Life expectancy (years)74.52
Life expectancy [score]0.47

Education

1
225/230
Details
Best university in rankingKing Saud University
Best university ranking550
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
213/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.27
Cleanliness [score]0.59
Drinking water quality [score]0.46
Urban greenery [score]0.25

Economy

7
10/258
Details
Currency for urban areaSAR
GDP growth rate0.04
GDP growth rate [score]0.58
GDP per capita$52183.40
GDP per capita [score]0.82

Taxation

10
1/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]1.00
Income tax level [score]1.00
Profit tax (% of profit)0.16
Time overhead to file company taxes67

Internet Access

3
220/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)9.02
Internet access (download) [score]0.22
Internet access (upload) [score]0.36
Upload speed (Mbps)7.67

Leisure & Culture

6
141/263
Details
Art galleries51
Art galleries [score]0.63
Cinemas92
Cinemas [score]0.10
Comedy clubs102
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues66
Concerts [score]0.15
Historical sites51
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums32
Museums [score]0.40
Performing art venues26
Performing arts [score]0.15
Sport venues42
Sports [score]0.59
Zoos15
Zoos [score]0.67

Tolerance

2
262/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index13.42
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.12
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consentN/A
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.27

Outdoors

1
252/260
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)612.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Riyadh are in the 60th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Moving to Riyadh will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$521$836
$679
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$85
Movie ticket$22
Broadband internet connection$40
Monthly public transport$59
Lunch$7
-54%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$28,209
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

35
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Riyadh in position 22 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

P.O.Box 93337, Riyadh 11673 Saudi Arabia

Phone: (00) (966) (1) 4803459

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

P.O. Box 6349, Tariq Al-Madina Kilo No. 3, Jeddah 21442, Saudi Arabia

Phone: +96-62-663-3346,+96-62-663-3346

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LGBT rights in Riyadh

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Not Legal

Adoption

Illegal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Riyadh

Riyadh (الرياض ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of Saudi Arabia, located slightly east of the center of the country in the heart of the Tuwaig escarpment.

Riyadh is the capital city and the largest city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Although much of the common forms of entertainment are limited currently, there are interesting places that can be visited in Riyadh ranging from historic landmarks to the few towers that highlight the transition of the city with more incorporation of modern technology. For most of the year, the climate is brutally hot but it is pleasantly moderate during the winter. The only reliable means of transport in Riyadh is using cars, and thus you would either depend on cabs or you would need to rent your own car. Despite general inflation, generally prices are lower in Riyadh than most other big cities in the world. However, Riyadh is usually a destination that is visited mainly for business.

Until the 16th century, Riyadh (or, more accurately, Ar-Riyadh) was known by the name Hajr, an important city of central Arabia dating from at least the 3rd century AD (and probably older). In the Middle Ages, Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al-Yamamah, whose viceroys presided over most of central and eastern Arabia.

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