Saudi Arabia is now going to impose a tax on shisha and other tobacco-related products.
It has been announced that a 100% tax on bills at restaurants that serve tobacco is to roll out
While a lot is yet to be confirmed, the government’s official gazette said earlier this month that the tax will apply to all tobacco products.
A number of restaurants and cafes contacted have told the press that they believe that the tax applies to all table orders in any establishment that serves tobacco products, whether or not the order included shisha.
Some restaurants have stopped offering shisha, while others have lowered their prices to appease customers
There were also suggestions that the new shisha tax could be a measure to protect public health.