Radio and Television
The Saudi Ministry of Information supervises radio and
television services and broadcasts. In addition to the main Arabic
transmissions, there are radio broadcasts in many different languages. Saudi
Television has four channels: one broadcasts solely in Arabic; the second is in
English. The third is for sports and the fourth, Alekhabariah, for news.
Television transmissions reach the entire ArRiyadh, and are sometimes even
received in neighbouring countries.
Friday is the weekly day of rest, but government offices are
also closed on Thursdays. There are also two public holidays every year: the
Eid al-Fitr, which is over a week long, and Eid al-Adha, which is ten days.
Government working hours are generally from 7:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Private business concerns are generally open from 9:30 a.m. around
2:00 p.m., with an evening session from 17:00 p.m. until 20:00 p.m.
There are many general and specialized hospitals in ArRiyadh,
as well as clinics, infirmaries and private clinics offering their services to
The Saudi Arabian monetary unit is the Riyal, which is
divided into 100 halalahs.
Notes are in 1,5,10, 20, 50,100, 200 and 500 Riyal
denominations. The Riyal is quoted in US Dollars but is based on Special
Drawing Rights (SDR). As the SDR/Dollar rate varies, so the official
Riyal/Dollar rate is revalued at intervals to keep within a narrow band with
US$ 1 = SR 3.75.
There are eleven licensed commercial banks operating in ArRiyadh.
These are regulated and supervised by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).
The banks have a large branch network spread throughout ArRiyadh. Development
of banking services was further enhanced with the establishment of the Saudi
Payments Network (SPAN) with the participation of all banks in the Kingdom.
SPAN is connected to 1,800 automatic teller machines (ATM’s) and more than
15,890 Points of Sales (POS) installed at commercial stores and shopping
centers with the objective of payment for purchases from such centers through
ATM cards. At present, visitors to Saudi Arabia may use their credit cards such
as Visa and Master card to withdraw money directly through SPAN via its on-
line ATMs. They may also use these cards at POSs for payment for their
Beside these, SAMA has provided further international
services (inside the country), eg., Visa’s Plus Electron and Cirrus Maestro to
meet the requirements of travelers and visitors both at international airports
and in local markets.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The latest Telecommunication
Systems are available. In the field of Telephone Communication direct dialling
can be made without operator assistance to more than 245 Countries worldwide.
Services available are:
High-speed 3G coverage
Toll-free call (9200)
IPVPN for the Customers Corporate Sector
For direct Telex messages at anytime to anywhere around the
world.You can contact the phonogram service center by dialling 969 for Arabic
messages and 968 for English messages.
(800) FREE CALL
A service made available to large companies enabling callers
to dial toll- free.
Useful Emergency Numbers:
Mobile Phone Services ................... 902
Telephone and Pager Services ....... 907
Directory .................................... 905
Telephone Maintenance ................ 904
Cable Routing .............................. 906
Saudi Post Service ........................ 920005700