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Saudi Arabia 'to open first liquor store for diplomats in Riyadh'

09:31 PM | 24 Jan, 2024
Saudi Arabia 'to open first liquor store for diplomats in Riyadh'

RIYADH – The Saudi government on Wednesday officially acknowledged information reported by state-controlled media regarding the implementation of additional restrictions on the importation of alcohol within diplomatic shipments.

The Centre of International Communication (CIC) in the kingdom stated that these new measures aim to combat the illicit trade of alcoholic products being received by diplomatic missions.

In a statement provided to foreign media, the CIC assured that the introduced regulations would continue to facilitate and ensure access to these products for diplomats from non-Muslim embassies, specifying allocated quotas.

To address the previous unregulated flow of alcohol goods in the kingdom, the CIC outlined that the new process would specifically allocate quantities of such goods upon entry, putting an end to the previously uncontrolled exchange.

The facility is slated to open in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and will implement a registration process through a dedicated app. Customers will be required to obtain approval from the foreign ministry and adhere to monthly consumption limits.

This initiative aligns with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to modernise Saudi Arabia's image, moving away from the ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that shapes its laws. 

Recent liberalization measures include easing restrictions on women, such as lifting the ban on driving.

Although Saudi law strictly prohibits alcohol, there exists a black market, and authorities often overlook home brewing and alcohol consumption in foreigner-populated compounds. 

Riyadh has witnessed the emergence of bars offering non-alcoholic cocktails.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to attract foreign tourism and substantial investments as part of the Vision 2030 plan, steering the country away from fossil fuel dependence.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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