Saudi Arabia is expected to give its civil servants a hefty 30 per cent pay rise plus a three-month salary to mark the return of King Abdullah to the country after treatment in the United States.
According to online Sharq Arabic language newspaper, the Saudi government will approve the increase and issue a statement in this respect within the next few days.
“Sharq has learned from sources close to the Royal Court that government employees will get a 30 per cent increase in their wages along with a three-month salary to mark the return of His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Shrines,” it said.
The paper did not make clear if the increase will also cover expatriate employees in the largest Arab economy and top global oil exporter.
King Abdullah is due to return home on Thursday after a three-month absence during which he underwent a back surgery at the US.