Haj: Mobily offers free Wi-Fi network in more than 1,300 sites

Updated 01 October 2014

Haj: Mobily offers free Wi-Fi network in more than 1,300 sites

For the eighth consecutive year, Mobily is providing free Wi-Fi service for the pilgrims, after having completed the expansion of the Wi-Fi network coverage in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah covering more than 1,300 sites.
Mobily said that Wi-Fi access to the service in the holy sites requires searching for the network, “Mobily” through the Wi-Fi technology available in their mobile phones or laptops, then open a web browser, which leads directly to the service page. Pilgrims can then register for free.
Users should enter the international key no. before entering the mobile phone number for example, (966*********).
After registration, the user will receive a text message containing a PIN number in order to ensure privacy.
This service will contribute to enable pilgrims and organizations responsible for their service as well as the media to enjoy the services of the Internet anywhere in the holy places which will contribute to full transfer of their business and share their current impressions instantly.
Mobily offered gifts to pilgrims through their branches and points of sale scattered around holy places, land and sea ports and airports inside and outside the Kingdom.
Mobily maintains operations in locations frequented by pilgrims in high density, providing telecommunications services and introducing the services on offer.
Mobily contributed as a strategic partner in the National Media Awareness Campaign that aims to educate the pilgrims.
Mobily has sent awareness SMS messages to all subscribers. It also spread its messages via social networking and the company’s sales points at international airports, land and sea ports and in the holy sites.
All branches of Mobily in Haram Central Area and King Abdulaziz International Airport operate at full capacity around the clock and offer all the services needed by the pilgrims from postpaid and prepaid sim cards, as well as recharging cards.
Mobily also provides “Connect” Internet services, which are provided by Mobily for the pilgrims in the holy sites to facilitate their contact with their families and loved ones.

OECD forecast sees global growth at decade low

Updated 22 November 2019

OECD forecast sees global growth at decade low

  • Governments failing to get to grips with challenges, outlook says

PARIS: The global economy is growing at the slowest pace since the financial crisis as governments leave it to central banks to revive investment, the OECD said on Thursday in an update of its forecasts.

The world economy is projected to grow by a decade-low 2.9 percent this year and next, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its Economic Outlook, trimming its 2020 forecast from an estimate of 3 percent in September.

Offering meagre consolation, the Paris-based policy forum forecast growth would edge up to 3 percent in 2021, but only if a myriad of risks ranging from trade wars to an unexpectedly sharp Chinese slowdown is contained.

A bigger concern, however, is that governments are failing to get to grips with global challenges such as climate change, the digitalization of their economies and the crumbling of the multilateral order that emerged after the fall of Communism.

“It would be a policy mistake to consider these shifts as temporary factors that can be addressed with monetary or fiscal policy: they are structural,” OECD chief economist Laurence Boone wrote in the report.

Without clear policy direction on these issues, “uncertainty will continue to loom high, damaging growth prospects,” she added.

Among the major economies, US growth was forecast at 2.3 percent this year, trimmed from 2.4 percent in September as the fiscal impulse from a 2017 tax cut waned and amid weakness among US trading partners.

With the world’s biggest economy seen growing 2 percent in 2020 and 2021, the OECD said further interest rate cuts would be warranted only if growth turned weaker.

China, which is not an OECD member but is tracked by it, was forecast to grow marginally faster in 2019 than had been expected in September, with growth of 6.2 percent rather than 6.1 percent.

However, the OECD said that China would keep losing momentum, with growth of 5.7 percent expected in 2020 and 5.5 percent in 2021 in the face of trade tensions and a gradual rebalancing of activity away from exports to the domestic economy.

In the euro area, growth was seen at 1.2 percent in 2019 and 1.1 percent in 2020, up both years by 0.1 percentage point on the September forecast. It is seen at 1.2 percent in 2021.

The OECD warned that the relaunch of bond buying at the European Central Bank would have a limited impact if euro area countries did not boost investment.

The outlook for Britain improved marginally from September as the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU recedes.

British growth was upgraded to 1.2 percent this year from 1 percent previously and was seen at 1 percent in 2020.