The lowdown on the Saudi Arabian Riyal
Economical Influences and the Saudi Arabian Riyal
If you are considering converting AUD to SAR, it’s good to get a snapshot of how the economy may influence the Saudi Arabian riyal.
Saudi Arabia’s economy relies primarily on their oil reserves, and owns about 16% of the world’s known oil.1 In fact, the petroleum sector is responsible for about 87% of Saudi Arabia’s budget revenues, 42% of its GDP, and 90% of its export earnings.1
In a bid to diversify their economy, Saudi Arabia is encouraging private sector growth and the employment of more Saudi nationals.1
After experiencing a budget deficit around 8.3% of GDP in 2017, and lowered oil prices in recent times, further diversification may be necessary for the Saudi economy to prosper. 1
Saudi Arabian Riyal Historical Exchange Rate
Despite the fluctuation in oil prices over the past decade, Saudi Arabia’s riyal has retained a fairly stable rate during the past four years.1
At the beginning of April 2014 around 3.51567 SAR where converting to 1 Australian dollar. The riyal improved over the next 12 months to reach 2.85307 SAR to 1 AUD in April of 2015.2
By January of 2016, 1 AUD was converting to around 2.59204 SAR; this remained relatively stable throughout the following year, settling at 2.70096 SAR to 1 AUD in January 2017.2
2018 has followed much of the previous recent trajectory, opening the year with 1 AUD converting to 2.93701 SAR in January. As of 25 September, you would get 2.72678 riyal for 1 Australian dollar.2
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1. Central Intelligence Agency - https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sa.html
2. XE- https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=AUD&to=SAR&view=5Y. Based on mid-market rates as of 25 September 2018.
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