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Saudi Arabia - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)

Saudi Arabia has a good telephone service, run by the Saudi Telecom Company (STC). There are three categories of call charges: local, Kingdom and international. International Direct Dialing is available to most other countries. Bills are issued quarterly. Emergency numbers are 999 for the police, 998 for the fire service, 997 for an ambulance and 993 to report a traffic accident.

There are two mobile phone network providers including STC. A number of different price packages are on offer, with local and national calls costing around SR0.50 per minute. International calls can also be made using these networks.

The internal postal service is not always very reliable, but the air mail service overseas is usually fast and efficient, with letters reaching the UK or US in a matter of days. A post office box address is required for incoming mail. Many courier services operate in the country, including TNT, DHL and FEDEX. Customs duties may be imposed on items received from overseas.

There are several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and internet cafes can be found in the main cities. High speed DSL Internet is available.

Saudi Arabia has four national television channels, including an English language channel which broadcasts films and other programs from Europe and America. There is also a sports channel and an all-news channel. Satellite TV is also widely available with many entertainment, sports and news stations. There are a number of English-language radio stations, and the overseas broadcasting services of other countries can be picked up on short and medium wave radios.

The main daily English-language newspapers are the Arab News and the Saudi Gazette, both of which offer local and foreign news coverage. A wide range of American and European newspapers, magazines and books can also be purchased.

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