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Dubai gets new GCC roaming rates



As of today, the cost of your calls to all GCC countries will be much cheaper! Dubai’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have announced that they have introduced a new price cap on all GCC roaming rates.

As a result of TRA Directive No. 04 of 2015, all UAE mobile operators reduce the price of their calls to all six GCC countries; Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE.

Speaking on the move that will have an immediate effect, TRA’s Director-General Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori told WAM that “the body is making all efforts to raise the quality of the services provided by the sector to better serve UAE customers and ensure that they have access to quality services at competitive prices.”

He added that the “implementation of price caps by all mobile operators in the GCC represents a great achievement for GCC countries regionally and internationally”.

While the news of the price cap has just been announced, the rule has supposedly been in effect since the beginning of April with the rates of GCC-based calls having supposedly fallen by 18 percent.

If this is the case then a 20 minute phone call to Saudi Arabia should cost you just under AED20 as opposed to AED24 (that’s if you use Etisalat’s International Offer which if left unchanged costs AED1.20 per minute).

With expats consisting of roughly 90 percent of the UAE’s population (that’s just over 7million people) we can only imagine how many of those have family living in the GCC and how many spend their time commuting to and from Dubai and the GCC for work.

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