GCC mobile roaming charges cut by 40%

Updated 26 March 2016
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GCC mobile roaming charges cut by 40%

RIYADH: The GCC has announced that it would cut mobile roaming charges by 40 percent for voice calls, outgoing SMSs, and mobile data services from April 1.
Abdullah bin Juma Al-Shibli, assistant secretary general for economic affairs at the GCC secretariat, said incoming SMSs would remain free.
“A GCC technical team will monitor these prices regularly and submit recommendations to the GCC ministerial committee for post, telecommunications and information technology.”
“A mechanism has been set up to gather data on a regular basis to update decision-makers on changes taking place in the roaming services market and ensure efficient control,” he said.
Mobile phone users in the GCC member states would save up to $1.13 billion, boosting social welfare by $404 million, he said.
Musaed Al-Zayani, a Dubai-based Saudi journalist, told Arab News this was good news for GCC citizens. “This is a major step toward bringing the GCC countries together as a single entity like the European Union.”


Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

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Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

JEDDAH: Visitors flocked to Saudi Arabia’s 11th International Honey Festival in the southwestern region of Baha.
The attendees and participants praised the festival’s events and the variety of honey products featured at the exhibition.
The exhibition also attracted visitors from outside the region, who were interested in participating in the festival.
Visitors, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), described how they enjoyed all the exhibitions included in the festival, praising the success they had witnessed and the festival’s various attracting events.
The festival has greatly contributed to boosting local tourism.
The festival aims to help beekeepers promote their products in a professional manner and is also financially rewarding.
It also offers vacationers an opportunity to purchase honey from authentic sellers.
The festival is considered the most prominent for honey producers and apiarists in the Middle East.
It also falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to propel Saudi Arabia as a main producer of honey both regionally and internationally.
It also aims to develop the industry for nutritional and medicinal purposes.