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Posted on Feb 19, 2015 in Advice

Saudi Sim for Umrah

Saudi Sim for Umrah

Whereas, Wifi is a norm now and free calling apps like Whatsapp and Viber or even good old Skype is used to get in touch with your friends and family, when you are abroad, especially for Hajj or Umrah. You might still want to take a Saudi sim, which has its obvious benefits.

  1. First of all, all your transfers company is local and you might want to inform them of your arrival, after landing at Jeddah. This is especially important, as some of the airlines like Royal Jordanian, have recently started using the the Hajj terminal instead of the international terminal.
  2. Wifi is normally available only inside hotels, so you still will need a sim to get in touch, when outside.
  3. Owing to the large demand, telecom companies in most Muslim countries offer special rates for calling Saudi. It is easier and cheaper for your kin to get in touch at a cheap price.
  4. You can avoid voice and data roaming charges on your home country line.
  5. If you mostly call one number in UK, there is a possibility to add a favorite number, that costs SR 1.9 per minute with Mobily and Zain.
  6. As you are new to Saudi Arabia, getting hold of emergency and other important numbers and all can be a problem. This is a breeze if you by a Saudi sim, as mostly these are loaded with local important contacts. Sims, distributed during Hajj, to pilgrims had even all the important Hajj officials contacts preloaded.

There are three major operators in Saudi Arabia. A brief of their services and call and data rates is given below.

Mobily:

mobily logo

Mobily has a special sim for Hajj and Umrah, which is valid for 60 days.

Rates are as follows:

Voice:

  • Free Incoming
  • All Local calls: SR 0.50 per minute.
  • SMS (Local/International): SR 0.25
  • International calls to UK : From SR 1.9 per minute for one favorite number

Data Bundles:

  • 500 Mb: SR 35
  • 2 GB: SR 60
  • 5 GB: SR 100

Zain:

Zain Saudi sim

Zain has a visitor’s package for Hajj, umrah and business travelers. Details are as follows:

Voice:

  • Free Incoming
  • All Local calls: SR 0.55 per minute.
  • SMS (Local/International): SR 0.25
  • International calls to UK : From SR 1.9 per minute for one favorite number
  • First two international minutes and SMS are free.

Data Bundles:

  • Pay as you go: SR2/MB
  • 500 Mb for 1 day: SR 10
  • 50 MB for one month: SR 15
  • 250 MB for one month: SR 30
  • 500 Mb for one month: SR 45
  • 1 GB for one one month: SR 69
  • 3 GB for one month: SR 100

STC (Saudi Telecom Company)

STC Saudi logo

Sawa visit sim includes SR 10-25 as starting credit. The sim is valid for 120 days. STC also offers free apps like Deeni Yaqeeni, Hajji and Al Motawef, to help pilgrims with rituals.

Voice:

  • Valid for : 120 days
  • Free Incoming
  • All Local calls: SR 0.60 per minute.
  • SMS (Local/International): SR 0.25
  • International calls : From SR 0.55-SR 0.99 per minute
  • First two international minutes and SMS are free.

Data Bundles:

  • 30 Mb for 1 day: SR 10
  • 120 MB for one month: SR 30
  • 250 MB for one month: SR 50
  • 500 Mb for one month: SR 70
  • 2 GB for one one month: SR 100
  • 5 GB for one month: SR 200

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