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US Dollar to Saudi Riyal Exchange Rate
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How can I get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Saudi riyal?
Since the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Saudi riyal is fixed at a value of 3.75 riyals per dollar, comparing rates offered by different providers should be an easy task.
Travelers to Saudi Arabia will have no problem using cash, or credit and debit cards — specifically Visa and MasterCard. Oddly enough, traveler’s checks are still accepted in most tourist areas in Saudi Arabia.
US dollars and other foreign currencies can be exchanged for Saudi riyals at banks and foreign exchange bureaus throughout the major cities of Saudi Arabia. Foreign exchange bureaus in busy areas will likely have the most competitive exchange rates.
Popular cities with many foreign exchange bureaus include Makkah, Jeddah, and Medina, due to being a religious destination. Be aware that currency exchange offices in these cities can be particularly busy around the Haj and Umrah seasons.
|Bank notes:||$1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100|
|Coins:||1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c|
|Currency Symbol:||SR , ر.س|
|Bank notes:||5, 10, 50, 100, 500 riyals|
|Coins:||0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1 riyal, 2 riyals|
What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Saudi riyal?
Since the Saudi riyal is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate, the exchange rate between the two currencies doesn’t fluctuate.
A currency peg requires the central bank to constantly be buying and selling foreign currencies, which can cost huge amounts of money. However, as one of the largest oil exporters in the world, Saudi Arabia has large reserves of foreign currency to prop up the value of their own currency when needed.
With oil being such a big part of the Saudi Arabian economy, the price of it can directly effect the economy. If the Saudi economy were to take a severe downturn, the central bank would likely have a hard time keeping the exchange rate at the level it wants.
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How does the Saudi riyal trade against the US dollar historically?
The Saudi riyal has been pegged to the US dollar since 1986 and the exchange rate has only seen very minor fluctuations since. As long as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority maintains its current exchange rate policy, the exchange rate will stay the same.
The current dollar peg has served Saudi Arabia well over the years, largely because oil exports make up such a big part of the government’s revenues. Oil is a commodity that is quoted in US dollars worldwide, so a stable relationship between oil revenues and the value of the currency is highly beneficial.
US Dollar to the Saudi Riyal for the last 10 days
|Dec 05||Dec 06||Dec 07||Dec 08||Dec 09||Dec 10||Dec 11||Dec 12||Dec 13||Dec 14|
|1 USD =||3.7500 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7498 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7498 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7500 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7499 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7504 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7501 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7505 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7505 Inverse: 0.2666|
US Dollar to the Saudi Riyal for the last 10 months
|Feb 13||Mar 16||Apr 16||May 17||Jun 17||Jul 18||Aug 18||Sep 18||Oct 19||Nov 19|
|1 USD =||3.7508 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7503 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7507 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7510 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7510 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7511 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7511 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7504 Inverse: 0.2666|
US Dollar to the Saudi Riyal for the last 10 years
|Dec 2009||Dec 2010||Dec 2011||Dec 2012||Dec 2013||Dec 2014||Dec 2015||Dec 2016||Dec 2017||Dec 2018|
|1 USD =||3.7503 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7503 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7533 Inverse: 0.2664||3.7515 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7511 Inverse: 0.2666||3.7502 Inverse: 0.2667||3.7517 Inverse: 0.2665|
Market rate for common transfer amounts USD to SAR
|US Dollars (USD)||Saudi Riyal (SAR)|
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