Originally Posted by Nasrrein wajid
:ma:, that is nice to know. Madinah Munawwarah is the place where you feel you are at peace.
Narrated Anas :ra:, the Prophet :saws: said, "O Allah! Bestow on Medina twice the blessings You bestowed on Mecca.
Narrated Abu Huraira :ra:, Allah's Messenger :saws: said, "There are angels guarding the entrances (or roads) of Medina, neither plague nor Ad-Dajjal will be able to enter it.
Narrated Sufyan b. Abu Zuhair :ra:, I heard Allah's Messenger :saws: saying,
"Yemen will be conquered and some people will migrate (from Medina) and will urge their families, and those who will obey them to migrate (to Yemen) although Medina will be better for them; if they but knew.
Sham will also be conquered and some people will migrate (from Medina) and will urge their families and those who will obey them, to migrate (to Sham) although Medina will be better for them; if they but knew.
'Iraq will be conquered and some people will migrate (from Medina) and will urge their families and those who will obey them to migrate (to 'Iraq) although Medina will be better for them; if they but knew.
As the for information that you need, I think post summarizes it very accurately: http://britishexpats.com/forum/middl.../#post10293724
Private schools are somewhat limited in Madinah. In fact it's one of the reasons why some Expats leave. Try searching http://www.edarabia.com/schools/madina/
. Minarat School follow a British curriculum.
Cost of living: a good quality 3 bedroom apartment with 2 sitting rooms would be SR30k - SR35k per year. Depends on the area of course. That's your major expense. Shopping and eating out depends on your life style but generally it's little bit cheaper than the UK. It all depends on what you buy and where you go. McDonalds, Pizza Hut price is similar to UK - whilst a local sandwich shop is cheap. Pepsi is 25p. Bottle of water (330ml) is 16p. 6 bread rolls - 16p. A bottle of 2 liter milk - £1.16. Go to www.panda.com.sa
to see grocery prices.
Petrol is only 7.5p or 10p per liter depending on what octane your car takes. Either way, you don't worry about filling up your car!
Medical must, by law, be provided by the employer.
Madinah is a much smaller city than Jeddah or Riyadh so accordingly the options for everything are less. That said, over the last 5 years 3 major malls have opened with good facilities (shops, restaurants, kids fun zone).
The atmosphere in Madinah is quite relaxed and it's easy to get about with a decent set of rings roads and continuous infrastructure development. The new railway station is under construction and the airport is only 15 mins away from the town center.
You can easily search for schools by using Google maps. Please see the following link, you will find a few schools there.
There are a lot of expats living there and I am sure, once you reach there, you can easily make several friends :ia:.