Living in the Middle East / Saudi Arabia

Medical Care

Date Posted: February 16, 2016      

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is the major government agency that provides preventative, curative and rehabilitative healthcare in Saudi Arabia. The standard of medical care is high and comparable with those of Western countries. Many of the medical staff working in the private hospitals and clinics are expatriates themselves and have often trained in European and American teaching hospitals and universities.

In accordance with its legal obligations, Abdul Latif Jameel provides health insurance to all expatriate employees and their families. Please contact the HR Department for further information on the health insurance policy.

Medicines are available from pharmacies in Saudi Arabia. You will find that there are medicines freely available over the counter in the GCC that may require a prescription in your country of origin. Most pharmacies are open from 09:30 am to 13:00 pm and from 16:30 pm to 22:30 pm. Although there are many pharmacies in each city, here are the addresses of a few of the most popular ones in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

Riyadh:

  • Zahrat Alrawda Pharmacy

Al Madinah Al Munawwarah, Dhahrat Al Badi’ah, Riyadh 12981, Saudi Arabia

  • Kunooz Al Seha

Al Hamra, Riyadh 13217, Saudi Arabia

  • Alnahdi

Salah Ad Din Al Ayyubi Rd, Al Malaz, Riyadh 12831, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah:

  • Oxygen Pharmacy

Al Rawdah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • Noora Pharmacy

Falastin, Al Hamra, Jeddah 23323, Saudi Arabia

  • United Pharmacy

Al Nahda, Jeddah 23523, Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Nahdi Pharmacy

Al Nahda, Jeddah 23523, Saudi Arabia

  • Al Sudais Pharmacy

Al Khalidiyah, Jeddah 23423, Saudi Arabia

Dammam:

  • Al Nahdi Pharmacy

Al Muhammadiyah, Dammam 32433, Saudi Arabia

  • Al Dawa Pharmacy

Ash Shulah, Dammam 34261, Saudi Arabia

  • Al Dawaa Pharmacy

Prince Sultan Road, Al Khobar 34434, Saudi Arabia

If you, or any member of your family, rely on regular medication, you should check whether this medication is available in Saudi Arabia in order to ensure that you bring enough supplies with you. However, if you do plan on bringing any medication into Saudi Arabia you must check on embassy websites that it is not classed as a ‘banned substance’ (even if it is a product that you can buy ‘over the counter’ in your home country) as many countries in the region have very strict rules in place with regards to importing banned substances.