Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia

Updated 14 September 2017
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Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week.
Coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers is under way to enable everyone to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet, said Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister of Communications and Information Technology.
He said cooperating bodies had confirmed their commitment to enable all users to use applications to make voice and video calls of the highest quality provided all applications are reviewed periodically.
Al-Sawahah thanked the Communications and Information Technology Commission and the telecommunications companies for developing their technologies in line with the latest trends in the ICT sector and providing the best services to users.
“This fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom’s telecoms partners comes under the umbrella of ‘Customer First,’ a policy in which everyone works in order to give all telecom subscribers in the Kingdom the best services that meet their expectations and satisfy their needs,” he said.
Previous steps to raise the level of transparency and clarity in the sector include the launch of the quarterly index of telecoms providers in terms of complaints filed by subscribers.
It will be followed by several initiatives in partnership with service providers to improve the sector and the customer experience, and to develop a digital society in line with the 2030 Vision.


SCTH, MBC sign deal to organize Souq Okaz opening ceremony

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SCTH, MBC sign deal to organize Souq Okaz opening ceremony

  • The festival will begin on June 27 and conclude on July 13.
  • The performances will employ the latest visual and creative technologies, and will focus on capturing Taif’s rich culture.

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) signed an agreement with MBC Group to organize the opening ceremony of the 12th Souq Okaz festival in Taif.
The festival will begin on June 27 under the patronage of King Salman and SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman.
The event will also be attended by Taif Gov. Saad Al-Maimouni, Taif University President Husam Zaman, General Authority for Culture CEO Ahmed Al-Mazeed, and members of the souq’s supervisory committee.
The opening ceremony this year will feature theatrical and cultural performances in the Okaz main theater.
The performances will employ the latest visual and creative technologies, and will focus on capturing Taif’s rich culture.
During the ceremony, plays, poetry readings and songs will be presented by Prince Badr bin Abdulmohsen, with the participation of an elite group of Saudi actors and singers. The event will be broadcast live on MBC and several other TV channels.
The opening ceremony will be repeated at the Okaz theater on Thursday and Friday evening. Attendance during those two evenings is free and open for all. The festival will conclude on July 13.