Information & Facts
Arabic is the official language in Saudi Arabia, but
English is widely understood.
The Saudi currency is the Riyal (SAR), divided into 100 halala.
Foreign currency can be changed at banks and exchange bureaux.
Banking hours are generally Saturday to Wednesday from 8am to 12pm
and 4pm to 8pm. All major credit cards are accepted at shops,
hotels and restaurants in Saudi Arabia. Travellers cheques are also
accepted and ATMs are widely available. There are no taxes in Saudi
Arabia, so shopping is good value.
Sunday to Friday 9am-12pm and 2pm-9pm. Women may only
visit with male family members on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday afternoons. Closed Saturdays.
Local time is GMT +3.