The market, emergency numbers and dialling codes
Getting online and securing a good phone deal is a first priority for most people when touching down in Saudi Arabia. The expanding telecommunications market means there are plenty of good mobile and internet packages to choose from. Don’t forget to make a note of the country’s emergency numbers and dialling codes in case you need them.
Providers and plans
High competition in the Saudi Arabian telecommunications market means they are many good-value mobile phone deals available. In general, coverage is excellent in urban areas but it can struggle as you head away from the main cities.
Save money on international calls
Calling abroad in Saudi Arabia with your everyday SIM card can get really expensive. To save money while keeping in contact with friends and family abroad, use an international calling card or an online calling app (if you can).
Fast but censored connections
Internet access in Saudi Arabia is broadly available in the main cities via ASDL and fibre. 4G is also becoming increasingly popular. The internet is highly censored so you should always pay close attention to how you behave and interact online.
Limited online freedom
In Saudi Arabia, the internet is highly censored and all traffic is closely monitored. While a lot of social media sites are allowed, you should avoid posting any 'sensitive material' as it can lead to certain penalties, including hefty fines and imprisonment.