Etisalat gives 50% reduction for roaming

By on October 16, 2010
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Customers using the roaming service in the GCC will have lighter bills next month.


Press release:
Etisalat today announced improvised international roaming rates for customers traveling to any of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The new rates reduced by up to »50% include all local calls within the roaming country and all outgoing calls to the UAE. Etisalat has also unified tariff for roaming calls made to the rest of the GCC countries.

The new GCC roaming tariff is as follows:

GSM Postpaid Rate


Local Call inside the roaming country 1.30
International Call to UAE 3.00
International Call to GCC 3.00

Wasel prepaid roaming customers can call locally, within the country they are travelling, at a reduced rate of AED 1.30/min, while calls made to any other GCC country, including the UAE, will be charged at a flat rate of AED 3.25/min.

The enhanced tariff rates follow Etisalat’s new simplified approach to roaming prices for worldwide destinations announced earlier this year, whereby Etisalat unified international roaming charges as per 3 easy-to-remember geographic zones namely: GCC, Arab Countries and the rest of the world. The new unified and flat rate tariff for outbound roamers was introduced not only to simplify the international calling rate structure but also to provide more clarity to roaming customers.

Khalifa Al Shamsi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Etisalat said, “The revamp of international roaming rates for GCC is in line with Etisalat’s commitment to offer our customers the best value, whether they’re in the country or traveling abroad.”

Al Shamsi added, “Etisalat has extended its international roaming services by partnering 580 telecommunication networks globally, in 190 countries, making Etisalat the largest roaming network in the Middle East. This further consolidates Etisalat’s position as the region’s leading provider of international roaming services.”

Etisalat’s customers can learn about the new international roaming rates by dialing *177# or by visiting For more information on list of operators, services available while roaming and tariff, customers can call Etisalat traveller’s helpline, 800 2300 (within UAE) and 971 800 2300 (from outside UAE) or visit the website.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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