Etisalat further reduces GCC roaming rates by up to 26%

As good piece of news for travelers to any of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Etisalat announced today that it has reduced its GCC roaming tariffs to as low as AED1. This means that Etisalat’s prepaid and postpaid customers will now pay up to 26% less on outgoing voice calls when traveling to any GCC country, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia.

Commenting on the reduction, Matthew Willsher, Chief Marketing Officer at Etisalat, said, “Etisalat is committed to offering customers best-in-value mobile services, whether they’re in the country or traveling abroad. Our customers have been benefitting from reduced roaming prices since 2010 when we introduced up to 48% discount on GCC roaming rates. These further tariff reductions spell huge benefits for holidaymakers and business visitors from the UAE to any GCC country.”

When an Etisalat prepaid or postpaid customer on international roaming in the GCC, makes an outgoing voice call to the UAE or any other GCC country, the charge will be just AED 2.4, compared to AED 3 (postpaid) and AED 3.25 (prepaid) earlier – a cut of 26%. For example, whilst roaming on Mobily or on any mobile network in Saudi Arabia, an Etisalat customer calling Oman or Bahrain will get charged at a flat rate of AED2.4 per minute. Likewise, while roaming, all outgoing local voice calls within the country visited, will now be charged at AED 1 only, down from AED 1.3 earlier.

Customers need not subscribe for the new roaming prices before traveling. The new tariff will be applied on default when the customer travels to any GCC country and makes a voice call using any GCC roaming partner network.

Etisalat’s roaming offers provide customers with attractive roaming plans on the region’s widest roaming network partnership with nearly 650 networks for voice, across 190 countries globally.

Etisalat’s customers can also learn about new international roaming rates by dialing *177#. For more information on list of operators and international roaming services available, customers can call the Etisalat Travelers number – 8002300 within UAE and 00971 8002300 from abroad, or by visiting