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 Summary Travel Guide
 ( Published On Monday 21 November 2016, 21 Safar 1438, Time: 13:4)

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Radio and Television



Travel Guide



v       Visas

v       Foreign Embassies

v       Flights

v       Accommodation

v       Transport

v       Emergency Numbers



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.


Official Holidays

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.


Working Hours

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 public.



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 (ATMs) 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 purchases.

Beside these, SAMA has provided further international services (inside the country), eg., Visas Plus Electron and Cirrus Maestro to meet the requirements of travelers and visitors both at international airports and in local markets.


STC Services

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

DSL Broadband

Toll-free call (9200)

IPVPN for the Customers Corporate Sector

Phonogram Service:

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.


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


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