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Saudi Arabia International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Saudi Arabia

For anyone planning a move to Saudi Arabia, we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in west Asia, Saudi Arabia’s famous cities include Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Madinah Al Munawwarah and Mecca.

Saudi Arabia has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from luxury apartments, beautiful Bedouin houses, mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Wonders are abundant in Saudi Arabia, from echoes of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) along the Hejaz Railway to the sculpted red dunes of romantic deserts. Fascinating Riyadh is a showpiece for modern Saudi Arabia, while Jeddah's World Heritage coral architecture whisks you back to the history of this bustling pilgrim port. The pristine, azure waters of the Red Sea ache to be explored and in the south, the jewel in the Kingdom's crown, Asir, reveals breathtaking mountain scenery where mysterious and spectacular villages wait to be discovered." Lonely Planet

Saudi Arabia is a vast country that almost completely covers the Arabian Peninsula. It has coastline facing the Persian Gulf and the red sea. Saudi Arabia, given it’s size, also shares land borders with the countries of Yemen, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan.

Saudi Arabia has the tallest fountain in the world! The King Fahs fountain sprays uo to 312 meters high, reaching speeds of 250 kmh!

For more fun facts about Saudi Arabia , scroll down to our Saudi Arabia feature page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Saudi Arabia?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Saudi Arabia (or you already live in Saudi Arabia but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Saudi Arabia there is a big choice of high quality Saudi Arabia schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Country.

The private education sector in and around Saudi Arabia features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Saudi Arabia (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Saudi Arabia by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Saudi Arabia and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Saudi Arabia

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Saudi Arabia providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Saudi Arabia

The most popular suburbs in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Makkah Province (5,700,900)

City of Makkah (1,338,341), Jeddah Governorate (2,833,169), Ta'if Governorate (885,474), Qunfudhah Governorate (240,938), Laith Governorate (110,449), Jumum Governorate (110,449), Jumum Governorate (75,993)

>  Riyadh Province (5,400,300)

Riyadh City (7 million), Al-Kharj (300,000), Al-Majmaah (50,000), Wadi ad-Dawasir (30,000)

>  Eastern Province (3,360,100)

City of Dammam (744,600), Al Khobar (800,000), Jubail (400,000), Qatif (300,000)

>  Asir Province (2.5 million)

Abha (400), Khamis Mushait (600,000), Najran (300,000) Jizan (400,000)

>  Madinah Province (2.2 million)

Medina (1.3 million), Yanbu (300,000) Al-Ula (50,000) Badr (30,000)




Saudi Arabia is a very popular place to live and many people move to Saudi Arabia each year, or to near Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Saudi Arabia are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Saudi Arabia for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Saudi Arabia

> FACT 1:  Saudi Arabia is a youthful country as over ⅔ of the population is under 35 years old! 

> FACT 2:  T.E. Lawrence, or Larence of Arabia, was offered a knighthood for his services during the Arab Revolt. However he refused it as he felt that England had betrayed the Arabs.

> FACT 3:  Formula One is very popular in Saudi Arabia, with the Jeddah street circuit being the second fasted track in the world! The average speed that an F1 car gets up to is 252 kilometres per hour!

> FACT 4:  Camels are still a hot commodity in Saudi Arabia, head to Riyadh if you’re interested in witnessing the sale process - as over 100 camels are sold in the camel market there every day.

> FACT 5:  Riyadh is one of the richest cities in the world, in terms of GDP, the city sits at number 80 in the world.

> FACT 6:  The Abraj Al Bait Towers, located in Mecca, is the world’s largest clock face! It measures a whopping 43 metres in diameter (6 times bigger than Big Ben!)

> FACT 7:  In 2017, archaeologists found 400 ancient stone structures which are thought to be built by nomadic tribes almost 9,000 years ago! And the best thing about this is that the gates were actually spotted from google map imagery!

> FACT 8:  There are no natural rivers in Saudi Arabia! Known for its vast deserts instead, the country has no natural river source.

> FACT 9:  Mecca, one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest cities, doubles in size during the Hajj. Normally, the population is about 2 million, however it rises all the way to 4 million during the Hajj.

> FACT 10:  The Arabian desert is the fifth-largest in the world, covering 2.33 million square kilometres.

Where To Live In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, a traditional Bedouin house, mansion or estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Saudi Arabia living to rural, country or coastal lifestyles, Saudi Arabia and the surrounding area is full of luxurious districts and well developed suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Dammam Saudi Arabia, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Jubail Saudi Arabia, Ha’il Saudi Arabia, Medina Saudi Arabia, Qatif Saudi Arabia

Commuting Around Saudi Arabia By Air Or Road

Relocating to Saudi Arabia is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Riyadh To Jeddah:  Riyadh is about 900 km by road from Jeddah via Route 40 and driving to the centre of Riyadh from Jeddah normally takes under 9 hours 30 minutes. Flying to Jeddah from Riyadh takes 1 hour 40 minutes, with about 40-50 flights leaving per day.

>  Riyadh to Al Madinah Al Munawwarah:   Al Madinah Al Munawwarah is about 840 km by road from Riyadh via Route 60 and Route 65 and driving to the centre of XAl Madinah Al Munawwarah from Riyadh normally takes under 8 hours. There are also very regular flights to Al Madinah Al Munawwarah from Riyadh, taking about 1 hour 25 minutes, with around 11 per day.



Major Airports in Saudi Arabia Include:

Riyadh King Khalid Airport (RUH), King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM), Al-Ahsa International Airport (HOF)




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