Saudis spend 30% of income on phone and Web services

Updated 10 June 2014
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Saudis spend 30% of income on phone and Web services

Phone bills and Internet-based services provided by telecom companies eat up 30 percent of individual Saudi income, local media reported, quoting data released by the consumer protection agency.
Nasir Al-Tuwaim, head of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA), indicated that while the average consumption has been pegged at 30 percent, some individuals spend 50-70 percent of their income on communication services.
He added that the CPA intends to publish the latest findings in relation to the services provided by telecom firms every three months to monitor consumption rates and quality of services. In addition, the association will also rate the telecom providers.
Al-Tuwaim noted that the figures released show that consumers spend a considerable amount of time and resources on phone calls and Internet services, despite the adverse economic and health consequences.
The CPA chief attributed the high ratio of telecom costs to a number of factors, including the relatively high call price in the Kingdom, which stands at SR0.35 per minute compared to international rates of SR0.07. Telecom charges in the Kingdom are among the highest in the world, he said.
He also said that lack of information about telecom charges, especially roaming prices and Internet services, hits consumers hard.


Saudi Arabia forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Jazan

This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan. (Reuters)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Jazan

  • Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning
  • This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
The Arab coalition’s spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said no civilians were reported injured by the rocket fragments scattered across residential areas.
This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan
“Such hostile and random acts carried out by the Houthi militia prove the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in the Yemeni war,” Al-Maliki said at the time.
“Iran has been, and still is, supporting the armed militia by providing them with qualitative capabilities. This support comes as a clear and explicit defiance of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the Kingdom and regional and global security,” he added.