Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia and the primary language
used in all dealings and public transactions.
English serves as an informal second language in the Kingdom and is
spoken by a large section of its society. All road signs are bilingual,
showing information in both Arabic and English.
Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position
as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom
has undergone a significant cultural transformation,
evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world we live in today.
Climate and seasons
- Spring in Saudi Arabia can be brisk, particularly in the north,
where the temperature at night can drop to below 15 degrees. The central and southern
regions are warmer, averaging around 20 degrees after nightfall. Rainfall is at its highest now,
particularly in the central region and in the southwest over the Asir Mountains.
- Summer signals the start of rising temperatures across much of the country,
with the exception of the comparatively mild highlands in the southwest.
The early mornings and long evenings are more temperate with gentle winds,
so take advantage of the warm seas to explore Saudi Arabia’s world-class dive sites,
or try your hand at other watersports.
- Autumn brings gentler weather and cool breezes in both Saudi Arabia’s
northern regions and the southwestern highlands. While daytime temperatures
remain warm, evenings are mild and perfect for outdoor strolling along Jeddah’s waterfront,
indulging in al-fresco dining, or visiting Al Ahsa’s cool desert springs.
- winter _ Take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s beautiful winter weather to explore the Kingdom.
The balmy days and cool nights are perfect for camping, rock climbing,
or just exploring Saudi Arabia’s bustling cities and verdant highlands.
You might even be lucky enough to see snowfall in the mountains of the northern regions,
blanketing the slopes and desert sands.
Currencies and payments
- Currency :
Saudi Arabia’s national currency is the Saudi riyal (ر.س SAR), which is subdivided into 100 halala.
You’ll receive notes in denominations of five riyals, ten riyals, 50 riyals, 100 riyals and 500 riyals; and coins in one riyal, two riyals, 50 halala, 25 halala, 10 halala, five halala and one halala.
Currency exchange :
All banks in the Kingdom offer currency exchange services. Exchange bureaus are located at airports, some shopping centres and various other locations in the country. The US dollar is equivalent to SAR 3.75 (fixed rate). Credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted throughout the Kingdom. ATMs are also widely available.