Impact of 15% Vat on Prices in Saudi Arabia

VAT rate will be increased in Saudi Arabia from 01-July-2020 from 5% to 15%. Value added tax of 5% was introduced by the authorities back in 01-Jan-2018. It remained at same rate till 30-June-2020.

Below is a comparison of prices before and after 15% Vat is applied. For simple understanding, figures are rounded to nearest amount. This is just for information purposes. Actual new prices may vary depending on your on-site transactions. Thanks

What you buy today inWill become when 15% Vat
55.5
1011
1516.4
2021.9
3032.9
5054.8
7582.1
100109.5
150164.3
200219
300328.6
500547.6
750821.4
10001095.2
15001643
20002190
25002738
30003285
50005476
10,00010,952
15,00016,428
30,00032,857
50,00054,762
75,00082,143

Note: if you are unable to understand this price comparison. You can take a look at this spreadsheet / excel file for better understanding this.

Understanding 15% Vat Excel Sheet

How Hajj 2020 will be performed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian authorities has allowed residents to perform hajj 2020 under Strict Health Measures to make sure the safety of all pilgrims.

According to Saudi Gazette below measures are taken for Hajj 2020

  • Social distancing of pilgrims is enforced, e.g they must keep a safe distance from other pilgrims.
  • A maximum number of 10,000 people may perform Hajj this year
  • All pilgrims will be tested for diseases before they reach the holy sites
  • All hajj workers & volunteers will be tested for diseases before they can serve the hajjis.
  • Only People aged less than 65 years are allowed to perform hajj
  • After Performing the hajj, pilgrims will be asked to self quarantine
  • Health Status of all pilgrims will be checked on daily bases
  • A special hospital will be prepared for emergency situation during hajj

KSA Pandemic Daily Review April 04

Overview: Alhamdulillah everything is still stable on the roads. If you need something go between 9 and 12 noon. Lazy morning sleepers Panic last minute and rush to buy small stuff between 12 and 2. No scares or panic. #stayhome

Major updates: Whole kilo 14, Mahjer, Gulail, Kurayaat, Kilo 13 and petromin in Jeddah are added to Makkah and Madinah (Borders of these areas closed) for these areas between 6am and 3pm people allowed outside ONLY if you need ATM, grocery store, restaurant or pharmacy. Recommended to walk. No more than 2 people allowed in a car if you need to take a car. No driving out of your locality. Rest 3pm to 6am Curfew across the kingdom.

Delivery apps delivering supermarket and pharmacy supplies.

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How to Check Saudi Electricity Bill using Mobile App Alkahraba

Today I am going to guide you how to check your Electricity bill in Saudi Arabia using official Mobile App “AlKahraba”. Saudi Electricity company made it very easy for everybody to check Electricity bill via Mobile App. You can also check bill history, payment history etc.

First of all go to Google Play Store and install Saudi Electricity Application called “AlKahraba” see the screenshots below.

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New 6th Series Currency BankNotes of Saudi Riyal

New 6th Series of Banknotes were introduced on December 2016 and will be available to public soon. New Banknotes bearing the face of current Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Notes are available in amounts as SR 500, SR 100, SR 50, SR 10, SR 5 as well as there are coins of 1 Halalah, 5 Halalah, 10 Halalah, 25 Halalah, 50 Halalah, 1 Riyal and 2 Riyals.

Saudi Arabian Currency Banknotes

New Currency notes comes up with strongest security and they will be more secure to reduce forgeries.

SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority) announced 6th issue of national banknotes on 13-Dec-2016 and there is a brief video available at Sama’s website.

5 SR banknote comes in Violet color & it has a picture of Oil Refinery in its face.
10 SR banknote comes in Brown color & it has King Salman Picture on its face.
50 SR banknote comes in Green color & it has dome of the rock picture on its face.
100 SR banknote comes in Red color & it has Green Dome of the Prophet’s Mosque on its face.
500 SR banknote comes in Blue color & it has picture of Kaba Makkah.

Sources: This information is gathered from above sources.
http://www.sama.gov.sa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_riyal
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1023411/saudi-arabia