Northern Area Armed Forces Hospital
King Khalid Military City ,Hafer Al Batin, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



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Arriving in Saudi Arabia
Most new employees will arrive at the King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh.   The airport is located about 35km north of the city centre and has been described as "...a masterpiece of modern architecture" which reflects aspects of Arabic culture.  Click on the image to link to the KKIA web-site.

Passenger Lounge KKIA

After completing Immigration  and Customs procedures, new employees will be met by a Hospital Representative and either taken to their onward flight to Qaisumah Airport, or our Riyadh Guest Villa for overnight or transit accommodation.

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The Hospital conducts a regular review of salary scales for all positions to ensure that they are competitive and salaries details for vacant positions can be  obtained from your Recruitment Agent.

  Salary Payment:  


Salaries are in Saudi Riyals (SR),  and are paid monthly in arrears through a local bank of the employee's choice.  The Hospital Finance Department will assist new staff to open a bank account.


Local Banks: There are several local banks through which you can make deposits or transfer funds overseas:

  • Riyadh Bank

  • National Commercial Bank

  • Al Rahji Bank

Conversion Rates:

The Saudi Riyal (SR) is a fully convertible currency linked to the US$ at a fixed rate of:

US$ 1 = SR 3.75

Conversion to other currencies is variable according to international exchange rates


What to bring with you

Personal Administration

The Hospital will process a variety of documents that are required for the conduct of your work and in relation to government regulations for expatriate employees and other visitors.   These include your work visa, Hospital ID Card, and Residence Permit (Iquama - pronounced Igama).     In order to expedite these processes you must bring the following:

  • Passport size photographs (10)

  • Original qualifications certificates

  • Original professional license for clinical and nursing staff

  • Passport

  • Marriage Certificate if accompanied by family

Things to bring - Men:  

Things to bring - Ladies

  • A track-suit and trainers if you wish to use the Gym or run outside (shorts can be worn indoors only)

  • Swimming shorts for use in the pool

  • Tennis racket, though these can be purchased locally

  • Soccer boots with rubber studs or grips, though these can be purchased locally - there is plenty of opportunity to play, but the ground is very hard


All staff:



Conservative clothes for off-duty time - please remember that you are considered a guest in Saudi Arabia and it is appropriate that you dress in accordance with local culture and custom.


If you are taking any prescription medication, please ensure that you bring a copy of the prescription or a letter from a physician.



The Hospital provides all employees with furnished accommodation that is equipped with basic items.   Staff also have access to recreational facilities that include a Fitness Gym and Swimming Pool.   We have asked some of our current staff what they thought new employees should bring with them and this is what they said:

  • Make sure your electric hair dryer has dual voltage (the Hospital uses 110/120 v)

  • If you manicure your nails, bring some nail-boards, they can be difficult to find locally

  • Swimming costume if you want to use the pool or tan

  • Trainers and track suit or other conservative sporting attire - there is an outdoor track for jogging/walking

  • Tennis racket if you play the game, but these can be purchased locally

  • For nurses, you should bring a pair of white shoes

  • A cardigan, jumper or jacket for wearing in the winter months which have similar weather to a UK autumn



The Hospital provides a range of contractual benefits and some non-contractual benefits that have been locally developed to provide employees with recreational opportunities.


Standard Benefits:

  • Paid Vacation

  • Paid Public Holidays

  • Return Flight to point of hire

  • Free accommodation which is furnished

  • Full Air-conditioning free of charge

  • Free electricity and water

  • Free uniforms

  • Free transport from/to airport and place of work

  • Work Visa paid by Hospital


Position-related Benefits:

  • Educational Allowance

  • Educational Leave

  • Dependents Flight ticket to point of hire


Non-contractual Benefits:

  • Membership of Fitness Club

  • Local leave and free transport for Recreation Trips to Riyadh and Al Khobar - (some with accommodation in Riyadh free of charge when available)

  • Subsidized staff Dining Room

  • Hospital International School for eligible dependents (with subsidized fees for Hospital employees)


  Arriving at the Hospital  

The procedure on arrival at the Hospital will vary depending on the time of arrival and the day of the week.   However, in general terms, after being allocated to your accommodation, your first day will involve the following:

  • Visit to the Recruitment Office to review your Contract of Employment

  • Completion of arrival documentation for Payroll, ID and Personnel Records in the Manpower Department

  • Introduction to the Program Director

  • Lunch

  • Introduction to your Department Head/Supervisor

  • Uniform Issue

Your Job-orientation will be arranged with your Department Head or Supervisor, and you will be scheduled to attend a 2 day Hospital Orientation soon after your arrival.

















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