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Capital city: Riyadh.
Currency: Saudi riyal (in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 notes).
Cuisine: Eastern cuisine at it’s finest: you’ll find lots of rice, lamb, chicken, yoghurt and dates.
Tipping etiquette: It’s not expected, but it’s polite to do so.
Saying hello: Use the Arabic greeting, “as-salamu 'alaykum”. Listen to locals to get a feel for the pronunciation.
WHEN TO GO
Many people choose to visit Saudi Arabia between November and February to enjoy the cooler temperatures. But there’s no reason not to come in summer, especially as everywhere is air-conditioned – and it’s fresher in the Asir Mountains all year round. If you’re visiting during the Hajj, make sure to respect the religious customs.
Women must be accompanied by a male relative in public, although Jeddah is more relaxed. Banks and restaurants have separate areas for men and for families.
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