Saudi Arabia

Do you give tips at restaurants? Here's an advisory

Web Report
Filed on November 5, 2019
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The authorities also laid down travel guidelines for tourists.

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) told foreign tourists that paying extra amount of money to service providers is not a tradition in the Kingdom. 

The commission notified that it is not imperative to give tips instead it is discretionary and solely depends on personal choice of tourists.

The commission emphasised that while in some countries it is a norm to give tips, especially at restaurants, in Saudi Arabia it is not mandatory and tourists should not be compelled to give hefty tips.

According to reports in Saudi Gazette, in countries such as Japan, Iceland and New Zealand giving tips or extra amount of money is forbidden.

While welcoming tourists to enjoy the Saudi hospitality, the commission also urged tourists to follow travel guidelines titled 'Behavioral conduct of the tourists coming from outside'.

The commission guidelines specifies that tourists should dress modestly in public places, refrain from taking pictures of Saudi men, women and children without their consent and respecting the religion, society norms, customs and traditions.

Tourists are urged to preserve the Kingdom's resources, historical monuments and its cultural and civilization heritage, reported Saudi Gazette.

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