Saudi Arabia

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Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


The currency is the Saudi riyal: free conversion is carried out (there are no exchange controls).


Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Saudi Arabia , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express

Business hours

Banks: from 8.30 to 12.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00 from Saturday to Wednesday; from 8.30 to 11.30 on Thursday.


The road network is generally excellent. A litre of gas costs about 0.15 USD. The fleet of cars is in good shape. The drivers are not very respectful to traffic rules. It is compulsory to turn the headlights on and to fasten the seat belt. However, subscribing to a car insurance is not compulsory.

There is only one railway connecting Riyadh with Dammam (East Coast), and it is little travelled.

Domestic flights are very frequent and cheap. The maintenance of aircrafts, which are recent, does not call to any particular remark.



The Internet suffix is: .sa

Basic conversation guide

Yes = na am
No = laa
Thank you = shokran
Hello = Ahalan
Goodbye = Ma'a Elsalama
I do not understand = Ana laa Afham
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Bikam?
I would like to buy = O reed ann ashtary
Do you accept credit cards? = Hal takibal bitakit el aitiman?
Where is? = Ain?
An airport = Matar
The train station = Mahatit Al kitar
Post office = Markaz Barid
The bank = bank
The police station, the police force = Kissam Shorta
The chemist = Sidali ia
A ticket for..., please. = tathkara wahida min fadlik..
Would you have any available rooms for tonight? = Hal togad Koraf Fadia Al Laila?.


Languages spoken

Official language: Arabic. Commercial language :English. It is important to note that the Arabic spoken in the Peninsula differs from the Arabic spoken in North Africa. Although Arabic is most common, English is spoken in hotels and shops.

Last modified in January 2006
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