Saudi Arabia Forum Saudi Arabia Resources Saudi Arabia Guide Saudi Arabia Real Estate 10 Tips for Living in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Healthcare Guide Saudi Arabia Newsletter Saudi Arabia Travel Warnings Al Khobar Dhahran Jeddah Khamis Mushayt Riyadh Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding & Mail Shipping & Moving Auto Shipping & Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Relocation Companies Package Forwarding Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance Saudi Arabia Expat Blogs International Jobs Language & Cross-Cultural Legal Services for Expats Medical Evacuation Pet Shipping Sports & Recreation Visa & Immigration Afghanistan Forum Algeria Forum Angola Forum Argentina Forum Australia Forum Austria Forum Azerbaijan Forum Bahamas Forum Bangladesh Forum Belgium Forum Belize Forum Bermuda Forum Brazil Forum Bulgaria Forum Canada Forum Chile Forum China Forum Colombia Forum Costa Rica Forum Cyprus Forum Czech Rep Forum Denmark Forum Dominican Rep Forum Ecuador Forum Egypt Forum El Salvador Forum Estonia Forum Fiji Forum Finland Forum France Forum Germany Forum Greece Forum Guatemala Forum Haiti Forum Honduras Forum Hong Kong Forum Hungary Forum India Forum Indonesia Forum Ireland Forum Israel Forum Italy Forum Ivory Coast Forum Jamaica Forum Japan Forum Jordan Forum Kazakhstan Forum Kenya Forum Korea Forum Kuwait Forum Kyrgyzstan Forum Laos Forum Lebanon Forum Lithuania Forum Luxembourg Forum Malaysia Forum Mexico Forum Moldova Forum Morocco Forum Nepal Forum Netherlands Forum New Zealand Forum Nicaragua Forum Norway Forum Oman Forum Pakistan Forum Panama Forum Peru Forum Philippines Forum Poland Forum Portugal Forum Qatar Forum Romania Forum Russia Forum Saudi Arabia Forum Scotland Forum Singapore Forum South Africa Forum Spain Forum Sri Lanka Forum Sweden Forum Switzerland Forum Taiwan Forum Tanzania Forum Thailand Forum Trinidad & Tob.
Where there is a will there is a way as the saying goes.
The drop in global oil prices by about half since 2014 left the kingdom with a huge budget deficit and billions of US dollars in debt to private firms, chiefly in the construction business.
Saudi Binladin Group alone laid off around 70,000 expats from poorer countries, but the impact of slower economic growth has gone further and left many Western expatriates also saying goodbye.
If you want to go out and have fun in Saudi Arabia, your best bet is to meet up with a couple friends (who are other males) at a restaurant; where you'll sit alone at a partitioned table. The only cases where I've heard of people 'partying' or 'socializing' in the modern, younger sense are the occasional private parties held at foreign embassies.
There is also a little more freedom in high-end, private housing compounds that may have their own pool or eateries.