Camping, softball, theater groups, etc. are alternative recreational activities outside of the housing compounds. In the coastal areas, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and sailing are popular. Each school community develops clubs and activities based on common interests. There are no performing arts theaters, cinemas, or night clubs in Saudi Arabia. National television broadcasting exists in all school locations and satellite reception is widely available allowing expatriates to stay in touch with news and trends from home.
There are many excellent restaurants serving almost every imaginable cuisine. Many of these restaurants are located in hotels. In the larger cities there are numerous fast-food establishments including McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, Hagan Daaz, Baskin Robbins, Fuddrucker's, Starbucks and Joffrey's Gourmet Coffees. "Ethnic" food abounds at the many Indian, Thai, Lebanese, and other restaurants to tempt taste buds.