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Saudi Arabia

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Rating Points
This indicator describes the overall rating of a given jurisdiction on several parameters according to cryptocurrency operations - market volume, crypto regulation, business climate, taxation framework.
Crypto Penetration
Estimated percentage of crypto users out of the country's total population based on public data.
Legal Entities
Number of crypto companies registered in the country based on regulator data if available or other types of public data.
Regulation Points
An overall assessment of the granularity of crypto regulation in a given country. A high score is also given to countries where cryptocurrency transactions are highly regulated.
Amount of crypto users
574 400
Total amount of crypto users out of the country's total population based on public data.
Taxation points
This figure, according to our analysts' calculations, indicates the overall level of tax burden for cryptocurrency transactions in a given country. The higher the indicator, the lower the burden.
Market volume points
A rough estimate of this jurisdiction's retail crypto market relative to the rest of the world. The higher the indicator, the higher the market potential.
Status of crypto
No info
General status of cryptocurrency regulation in this jurisdiction.
Crypto payments
The legal status of cryptocurrency payments for goods and services in a given country based on information from regulators, public data and feedback from our community.
Security Level
Minor danger
The overall level of security in a given country based on open data.
Crypto Salaries
The legal status of cryptocurrency salaries to employers in a given country based on information from regulators, public data and feedback from our community.
Business Climate
No data
Overall assessment of the friendliness of this country for crypto-business. This indicator takes into account the cost of obtaining a license and the attitude towards crypto entities in the country.
Stablecoin Regulation
No data
This indicator is evaluating the regulation of stablecoins in a given country. Complex regulation means that it is possible to issue steiblcoins and obtain a license for this activity. Basic regulation means that the issuance of stablecoins is possible, but not all legal aspects are defined in the law. Standard regulation means that there is a legal practice of steylcoin circulation in a given country.
Bad Factors
This section describes the unfavorable economic factors for crypto-business in a given country. These are countries that are under sanctions or on the FATF grey list and other factors.
Types of licenses
No licenses exist

Saudi Arabia is the largest (1) economy in the Middle East by GDP. Moreover, this is a conservative Muslim country that still has no crypto regulation and a ban on crypto operations with banks. The crypto exchange is still not regulated in the country. However, it can be provided through foreign online exchanges and P2P platforms. In addition, local crypto investors use the financial infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates for this purpose.

Saudi Arabia is doing a lot to liberalize its economy further and attract foreign investment and labor. One of the consequences of this policy will be lifting the ban on transactions with cryptocurrencies.

Security level

Saudi Arabia has a Minor danger security level according to our rating. Jurisdiction has 75.7 points (from 100) for safety level in Numbeo crime rating (2). The homicide level (3) is 0.8 per 100,000 inhabitants a year.

Crypto Payments

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Crypto Salaries

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Saudi Arabian regulators stated in 2018 (4) that cryptocurrency trading is illegal in the kingdom due to “their negative consequences and high risks on the traders as they are out of government supervision.” At the same time, foreign crypto exchanges operate legally in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), which also acts as the kingdom’s national banking regulator, recently appointed(5) Mohsen AlZahrani to lead its virtual assets and central bank digital currency program. This hire potentially indicates a change in the country’s approach to cryptocurrencies, which regulators have tended to treat with suspicion.

Tax nameIndex
PIT tax Min0
PIT tax Max0
Corporate tax (CIT)0
Min Individual CGT (for crypto)0
Max Individual CGT (for crypto)20
Wealth tax Min0
Wealth tax Max0

Saudi Arabia does not (6) impose any personal income tax.


Headline CIT rate is 20% by PWC(7).


Capital gains are subject(7) to the average tax rate applicable to the taxpayer. Non-resident capital gains tax rate is 20%.