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Saudi Arabian Riyal

Visiting somewhere in Saudi Arabia? We have you covered.

At Ramsdens, we understand the importance of having the correct currency when travelling to Saudi Arabia. The official currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Arabian riyal (SAR), and it is important to ensure you have the correct currency for your trip.

Our currency exchange services offer competitive rates and a variety of options to suit your needs, whether you need cash or a travel money card. We also offer the convenience of ordering your currency online or in-store at one of our many locations. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your currency exchange needs. Let Ramsdens take the hassle out of exchanging your currency for your trip to Saudi Arabia.

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How far will my money go throughout Saudi Arabia?

The cost of living in Saudi Arabia can vary depending on the region and type of accommodation you choose. Generally, the cost of living in Saudi Arabia is considered moderate, with some expenses being lower than in other Western countries. However, certain items, such as imported goods, can be more expensive due to higher taxes and customs duties.

In terms of accommodation, hotels can range from budget-friendly to luxurious, with prices varying depending on the location and amenities. Food and drink prices can also vary, with local cuisine being relatively affordable, while imported or luxury items can be more expensive. Transportation costs, including taxis and public transportation, are generally low compared to other countries. Overall, with careful budgeting and planning, your money can go a long way in Saudi Arabia. When it comes to entertainment and activities, there are a variety of options available in Saudi Arabia. These can range from cultural experiences such as visiting historical sites and museums, to recreational activities such as shopping and amusement parks. Some activities, such as visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, may require additional permits or permissions, which can also add to the overall cost of your trip.

Overall, Saudi Arabia can offer a unique and memorable travel experience, with the cost of living being moderate compared to other Western countries. With proper planning and budgeting, you can enjoy all that Saudi Arabia has to offer while staying within your budget.

Denominations

The Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR) is divided into 100 halalas. The following are the denominations of SAR:

Notes: 1 (rare), 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 riyal notes.

Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 halala coins, as well as 1 and 2 riyal coins. 

Things to do while in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a fascinating destination for those looking to experience a unique blend of ancient history and modern culture. The country offers plenty of things to see and do, from visiting stunning mosques and historical sites to indulging in delicious local cuisine and shopping at traditional markets.

One of the top attractions in Saudi Arabia is the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, which is the largest mosque in the world and the holiest site in Islam. Millions of pilgrims from around the world visit this site every year. Another must-visit destination is Madain Saleh, an ancient city that dates back to the first century AD and was once a major trading hub. Visitors can explore the well-preserved tombs and other ruins that still remain.

Saudi Arabia is also famous for its vibrant markets, known as souks. These traditional marketplaces offer a variety of goods such as spices, textiles, jewellery, and more. The Al-Balad district in Jeddah is home to some of the most popular souks in the country, and it’s a great place to explore and experience the local culture.

For those looking for adventure, the country offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as desert safaris, hiking in the mountains, and scuba diving in the Red Sea. The Al Wahbah crater is also a popular destination for hikers, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Overall, Saudi Arabia is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient sites, trying local cuisine, or embarking on outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while travelling in Saudi Arabia.

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