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Etisalat slashes GCC roaming tariffs

Etisalat has further reduced its roaming rates for voice calls, SMS and data. Starting from 1 April 2017, Etisalat’s prepaid and post-paid customers will enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 35 percent on data, outgoing voice calls to UAE, GCC and local destinations and outgoing SMS while traveling to any Gulf Cooperation Council countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia and roaming through any roaming partner. The new rates are introduced in coordination with the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) to encourage roaming services within the GCC at affordable rates.

Call type Effective until 31 March 2017 Effective 01 April 2017 Savings
Outgoing call to UAE & other GCC 2.35 AED/min 2.277 AED/min 3% Savings
Outgoing Local call   0.955 AED/min   0.918 AED/min 4% 3%
Outgoing SMS 0.294 AED/SMS 0.257 AED/SMS 13% 4%
Incoming Call 1.285 AED/min 1.028 AED/min 20% 20%
Data 4.774 /MB 3.122 AED/MB 35% 13%

For even bigger savings, Etisalat customers can also choose to subscribe to any of its voice, data and combo roaming packages, offering unlimited roaming data usage in 100 countries for as low as AED 35 per day.

Customers can view and purchase from Etisalat’s wide range of roaming offers by simply dialling *177# (for free within UAE or abroad), or using the Etisalat UAE mobile app, where they can also view the standard roaming rates and list of preferred partners.

Etisalat has an extensive network of almost 774 international networks in over 213 countries. To enhance customer’s data experience, Etisalat recently expanded its preferred 4G LTE partner networks to over 229 operators in over 90 countries, enabling subscribers to take advantage of the high-speed mobile data offered on 4G networks while browsing the Internet outside the UAE. For a list of roaming partners and other roaming services from Etisalat, customers can visit

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