Maids and Nannies in Jeddah

royalty-free-maid-clipart-illustration-1114847If you are an expat working in Jeddah it is very difficult to legally find additional help to keep your home clean, the washing done and even the children looked after.

Many people hire  maids illegally as there are many available that have run away from abusive or non-paying sponsors, these maids can be very good or you could end up with one that is dishonest.  We advise if you decide to go this route that you take a copy of the maids passport before allowing her to work so if something is stollen you have recourse.

You will also find that many will ask for wages that are above the normal rates.  Most Saudis pay in the region of 1300 SAR per month for a maid who is given room, board, medical, and plane tickets home (usually every 2 years). Freelancing maids will ask 1500 to 2000 per month or in some cases even more as they know that your options are limited.  The freelance maids will have several jobs and will only come to your home for certain hours on certain days.   The hourly going rate for housecleaning is about 20-25Sar per hour.

When searching for maids you have several options, you can try to obtain one via a manpower agency, look for ads on the internet placed by those looking for work or you can place your own ad advertising you need help.  Many times when you move into a new apartment maids will come knocking at your door seeking you out to see if you need house help.

Please note:  It is possible that some agencies will NOT allow expats to sponsor maids, you will need to call the agencies and ask them directly.

If you have had experience with any of the manpower agencies below, please leave a comment and share your experience with us.

Man Power Agencies:
Please click here for a web list of man power agencies in Jeddah.

Musaned Recruitment:
Please click here for a web list of man power agencies offered by this company.
If you would like to place an ad for a house keeper or look at ads placed by those looking for work click here.

Expat Blog:
Another great place to place an ad or look for an ad placed by someone looking for work.  Click here to view the housemaid page of Expat Blog.

Great Aupair:
Is an agency that works to bring nannies to those in need.  To view the Aupairs and nannies available click here.
If you would like to place an ad for a house keeper or look at ads placed by those looking for work click here.


Gymnastic Centers in Jeddah

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Gymnastics is a sport that can improve overall fitness, strength, balance and body control.  It also helps to improve athletic performance in any other sport.

Extended participation in gymnastics classes also provides many additional cognitive and psychological benefits that will continue to benefit children throughout their life. These include:

  • Social interaction and discipline– children learn about teamwork; sportsmanship; fair play and dedication.  The time required to master the fundamental skills requires a great amount of patience, dedication, perseverance.
  • Improved mental focus and concentration--there is a  significant relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning in children.  Children will also experience better hand-eye coordination and improve various communication skills.
  • Education and an understanding of physics— the gymnast can experience a variety of effects in practice rather than just in theory, they will feel inertia, momentum and much more.
  • Flexibility, balance and co-ordination–flexibility can also be an effective aid to the reduction of injury, preventing children from  a limb to an injurious range of motion. By learning movements and combining them in a routine, the gymnast can attain greater flexibility and greater control of the body.
  • Numerous health benefits— each level achieved through suitably planned training, children’s  joint health, maintain muscular development and improve cardiovascular fitness will improve.   Gymnastics can also provide a clear benefit in age-related functional decline and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Gymnastics helps burn fat, also contributing to weight management, healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

If you have had experience at any of these centers please feel free to leave comment below.  In addition, if you know of additional gymnastics studios please let us know.

Dynamic Code Center
Ages:  3 and up
Fees:  1050 Sar per month (twice a week)
Location: Behind Jeddah Hilton
Phone:  0126076450

Chamelle Plaza
Ages:  4.5 and up
Fees:  900Sar for 10 classes
Location:  Tahlia
Phone: 012-663-4355

Ages: 4-10 yrs
Fees:  Unknown
Location:  Unknown
Phone:  0561474000
NOTE:  All classes at this facility are in ARABIC only.

Enchanted Garden
Ages:  3 and up (boys allowed)
Fees:  500Sar/month (term packages also available for 1500Sar)–once a week
Location:  Tahlia
Phone:  0126916812

Expressions Fitness Club:

Gymnastics Beginner:
Monday/Wednesday:  Ages 4-7 yrs, 430-530pm, fee: 1000Sar/month (twice a week) Note:  this class is taught by a man and is co-ed–also limited English.

Gymnastics Beginner Lvl 1:
Sunday:  Ages 4-6 yrs, 530-630pm, fee:  1250Sar/10 sessions

Gymnastics Intermediate A:
Sunday:  ages 7-10yrs, 630-730pm,
Tuesday:  ages based on skill, 430-530pm, fee:  1250 Sar

Gymnastics Intermediate B:
Tuesday:  ages based on skill, 530-630pm, fee:  1250 Sar
Thursday:  ages based on skill, 430-530pm, fee:  1250 Sar

Gymnastics Advanced Level I:
Tuesday:  ages based on skill, 630-730pm, fee:  1250 Sar
Thursday:  ages based on skill, 530-630pm, fee:  1250 Sar

Gymnastics Advanced Level II:
Thursday:  ages based on skill, 630-730pm, fee: 1250 Sar

Friends Zone
Ages:  3-12 yrs
Fees: 600Sar/Month. Classes are twice a week
Location: Al Naeem
Phone:  0126224344

Fun Center:
Gymnastics for Children: Coach Abeer Al Najdy
Per class: 100 Sar
4 weeks: 600 Sar
8 weeks: 1100 sar
12 weeks: 1600 Sar
Boys aged from 4-9 and Girls from 4-13
Please call: 0555118415 or 0554655889
The location is at souq al shatee near oranos building

Fun Is Us
Ages: Girls 4-12 years and boys 4-9 years
Fees: 700Sar/Month. Classes are twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Phone: 055 502 2353

Shoula Center:

Ages:  unknown
Fees:  for gym 300per month three classes per week
Location:  Madina Road opposite to sooq Musadiya.
Phone:   054 980 4979 

Motion Boutique and Jeddah Ballet Academy
Ages:  6 and up
Fees:  450 Sar/Month Once a week, Tuesday’s 5-6pm
Location:  Naeem District (Near Jeddah Prep and Grammar)
Phone:  0594846200

Ages: 4-15
Fees:  1500 for 3 months (this may be a promotional fee)
Location:  Shatee (near Papaya)
Phone:  0126594169/ 0559801008/ 0126595440/ 0550880183

Horseback Riding Lessons


Before we  had cars to drive, people used horses to get around and  everyone was taught to care for and ride horses. Today, horseback riding has become recreational, but horseback riding still provides us with many benefits, such as body awareness, quick thinking, coordination, core strength, mental exercise as well as muscle tone and flexibility, plus animal compassion.

Below are a few stables we have found in Jeddah.  If you know of any additional stables, please feel free to let us know.  In addition, if you have experienced the services of any of these stables we would love to see your review at the bottom of the page in the comments section.

Kindah Arabian Horses:
Phone:  Bilal 055-800-8383
Location:  on the right-side of Haramain Road heading NORTH just past the Airport Exit (and before Haj (detailed directions can be found on web page)
Fees:  SAR80/hr with trainer
SAR600 / 10 lessons package
To view their web page please click here.

Royalty Equestrian Club:
Phone:  058-050-0066 / 055-575-7275
Royalty Equestrian Club
Jeddah, Harmain Expressway
East of Air Force Bridge, Besides Mersal Village

Royalty Equestrian Club
Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz Road
Opposite to Red Sea Mall, INSIDE Racing and Flying Club
Review:  My daughter participated at this club from September – May.  This venue is not shades so you need to be prepared for late afternoon/evening lessons.  There are not really any fluent English teachers available.  There is one instructor with basic English only.   My daughter really loved her experience until the end when an unfortunate accident occurred and she fell off the horse.  After her accident, I felt her instructor had no interest in working with her anymore and became very lacks in teaching her and  spent most of his time on the phone instead of instructing her.  Such a shame because the rest of the season was so great.

8 classes 1300Sar
16 classes  (checking)Sar
25 classes (checking) Sar
(Classes are 30 minutes long and can be held in Arabic or limited English.)

Trio Ranch:
Hours:  430-1015pm
Phone:  012-628-1525
Location: Bryman
To view their Facebook page click here.