Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saudi Arabia's Cheap Bread

While prices for many products have risen since we moved here 12 years ago, the price of bread has still remained relatively low.  Above is a large flat bread that has black seeds imbedded in it. It's thick and tasty - and one round can easily feed four people.  We like tearing it into small bite size pieces and dipping it in foul or hummus. Each large loaf costs 2 riyals, which is 50 cents US. 

Here we've got another size and price comparison, with long sandwich rolls - 6 in a bag, all for 1 riyal! That's 25 cents US for 6 rolls.  The price for bread remains low because the Saudi government subsidizes the cost so even the very poor can afford bread to eat.