Currency: Saudi Arabian riyal (SAR). 1 riyal = 100 halala.
Local custom: Tipping about 10% is customary for services. Wages are very low for service staff.
Curated tipping suggestions:
Café: Round up.
Delivery (Drycleaning, Groceries): Drycleaning = SAR2. Food = SAR3-5.
Hair Salon (general): 10%, up to 15% if tipping several individuals.
Hair Salon – Colorist: 10% of price.
Hair Salon – Hair blowing: SAR2-5.
Hair Salon – Hair washing: SAR2.
Hair Salon – Stylist: 10% of price.
Hotel Housekeeping/Room Attendant: SAR5 per day left on a pillow daily (staff changes).
Hotel Porter/Bellhop: SAR5 per bag, maximum SAR10.
Restaurant (general): If a service charge is in price/bill, no tip (add a little more for great service). If no service charge, 10% for good service, 15% for great service.
Spa: Not expected. Luxury spas may add a service charge. If really pleased, 10%.
Supermarket Bagger: SAR for bagging, SAR2-5 if bags carried to car.
Taxi: Round up or up to 10%.
Tour – Guide or Driver: Expected. Guide = all day group SAR20 per person. Driver = all day group SAR10-20 per person.
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