Saudi Arabia

Capital Riyadh

Population 32,248,200

Area 2,149,690 km2

Key facts

Saudi Arabia is a country located in Western Asia. There are 7 countries (Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) that Saudi Arabia shares its borders with. The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic. Traveling across Saudi Arabia if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Saudi Arabia was ranked 104th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Saudi Arabia is Saudi riyal (SAR). The riyal (ر.س) is subdivided into 100 halala.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 3.69 SAR and 1 USD is worth 3.76 SAR.

Saudi Arabian
Banknotes

1ر.س5ر.س10ر.س20ر.س50ر.س100ر.س500ر.س

Saudi Arabian
Coins

5102550100

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Saudi Arabia is 103.89 Mbps and mobile is 176.13 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Saudi Arabia has more ATMs.66.75 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Saudi Arabia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Saudi Arabia. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 220 V, 230 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Saudi Arabia?

There are Mariott hotels in 4 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

There are Radisson hotels in 11 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

What fast food chains are present in Saudi Arabia?

Kabsa are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Saudi Arabia. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Saudi Arabia below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The KFC chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Burger King chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Subway chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Saudi Arabia.

Weather

Today the sun in Riyadh, rises at 5:45 AM and sets at 5:37 PM. The climate of Riyadh may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5Partly cloudlyLow: 23.8°C (74.84°F)High: 37°C (98.6°F)
ThursdayOct 6SunnyLow: 25.2°C (77.36°F)High: 37.3°C (99.14°F)
FridayOct 7SunnyLow: 21.8°C (71.24°F)High: 37.5°C (99.5°F)
SaturdayOct 8SunnyLow: 22°C (71.6°F)High: 38.1°C (100.58°F)
SundayOct 9SunnyLow: 24.3°C (75.74°F)High: 36.3°C (97.34°F)
MondayOct 10SunnyLow: 23.6°C (74.48°F)High: 35.6°C (96.08°F)

Weather data for Riyadh (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains, and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 9 cities. You can use Bolt in 6 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Saudi Arabia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 7.0, Saudi Arabia is placed 2nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Saudi Arabia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 35.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Saudi Arabia

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Saudi Arabia?

Currently, citizens of 56 countries can enter Saudi Arabia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Saudi Arabia.

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