New landline phone area codes in May

Updated 10 March 2013
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New landline phone area codes in May

The Communication and Information Technology Commission plans to change the current 9-digit landline telephone number to 10-digit system by adding the digit 1 to the six geographical zone codes in May and August.
The Riyadh area code will change from 01 into 011 on May 13, according to the CITC.
This change will not include the way of dialing among fixed lines in the same city, which will remain as it is now. However, when dialing from mobiles to fixed lines, the new digit must be added.
For the other five areas, the code change will be on Aug. 18. The new code for the regions will be: Makkah 012, Madinah 014, Eastern Region 013, Qassim 016 and the Southern Region 017.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.