The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered a monthly payment of 1,000 riyals to state employees over the next year.
In a royal decree published by state news media, the king also ordered the payment of 5,000 riyals to military personnel serving at the Kingdom’s southern front lines.
The King's new payment orders came “to ease burdens on the citizens within the framework of what His Royal Highness the Crown Prince presented to him concerning the necessary measures taken by the State to restructure the economy, leading to increased burdens for some segments of the population," according to the decree.
King Salman directed the state to bear the burden of Value Added Tax (VAT) in some situations, including special health and education services as well as the first purchase of a house that is valued at up to 850,000 riyals.
Allowances for students, retirees and social security recipients were also boosted.