Saudi Arabia's ISPs - Comparative List

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ISP Name Parent Company Web Site/E-Mail Unlimited Access Comments
AlAlamiah Al Alamiah Electronics

Tel:
01-477-0106
03-894-3332

www.anet.net.sa Yes General:
This company is the parent company of the famous Sakhr arabic software products.
Prices:
3 Months unlimited for 1,000SR. Not on their web site yet.
Arab Circle Arab Circle Internet Services

Tel:
617-8588

www.arabcircle.net.sa Yes General:
Quite expensive at 420SR per month for unlimited access.
Web Site:
Arab Electronics

Arabic Computer Systems Co.

Tel:
01-476-3777 Ext. 140, 232, 231, 363

Fax:
01-472-5436

www.ae.net.sa Yes

General:
N/A.
Prices:
Their web site advertises unlimited access for 150 SR per month.
Web Site:
A fairly straight forward web site with contact information.

Arab Net Al-Ofoq Information and Communication Systems

Tel:
01-442-1185
01-442-0436
02-669-6187

Fax:
01-441-8972
02-664-1628

www.arab.net.sa No

General:
N/A.

Web Site:
Graphics intensive and slow loading, although pretty looking. Has contact information and a brief description of services.

Prices:
Not published on the web site. Offer monthly subscription for 30 hour of access for 225 SR, and 60 hours for 330 SR.

Atheer Al Jeraisy Group (Partnership with Batelco, the Bahrain Telecom Company)

Tel:
01-462-0101

www.atheer.net.sa Yes

General:
A Partnership between Al Jeraisy Group, and Batelco, the Bahrain Telecom Company. Affiliated with a well established company in Saudi Arabia. Their web site offers worldwide Global Roaming.
Web Site:
Graphics intensive but pretty looking, somewhat slow. Has news on the front page, but it maybe a week or two old.
Prices:
Not on the web site. One Month Unlimited for 420 SR. If you pre-pay for a full year, this becomes 300 SR per month (3,600 SR).

Awal Net Modern Electronics Establishment (Al Faisaliya Group)

Tel:
800-124-1400
01-460-0111

www.awalnet.net.sa No General:
Affiliated with a well established company in Saudi Arabia. They announced their presence in a marketing campaign that includes street billboards, and news paper ads.
Web Site:
Arabic/English sections. Graphics heavy home page.
A special section for women (ladies) interest is available.
Contains pricing info.
Prices:
6 Months for 870 SR, including 250 Hours of free access. Extra hours can be purchased at 30 SR for 10 Hours, 125 SR for 50 Hours, and 225 SR for 100 Hours.
Dallah Dallah Media Productions (DMP)

Tel:
 

www.dmp.net.sa Yes

General:
Part of Dallah Group a large conglomerate in Saudi Arabia.
Web Site:
Slow loading and graphic intensive.Too many frames. Lots of useful information about DMP. Arabic only, with English in pop ups only (ALT tags), therefore difficult to get the information, unless youhave Arabic MS Internet Explorer.
Prices:
Quite expensive. Unlimited access available for 2,400SR for 6 months.

Digi Net

Digi Systems

Tel:
01-419-2009
02-651-0390

www.digi.net.sa Yes

General:

Web Site:
Recently revamped their web site, including some information on the products they sell (hardware, networking, ...etc.). They also have many useful features, including Viewing Account Status, Changing your password and Viewing a Usage Report (when and how long you used the service by month).

Prices:
3 Months unlimited access for 700 SR (comes up to 233 SR per month). Not the cheapest, but still reasonable. Users sometimes complain about phone lines disconnecting several times.

Electronic Concepts Tel:
01-465-6629
02-669-1755
03-899-4017
www.concept.net.sa Yes

General:
Offer 24 Hour customer service.
Some users report that the lines drop frequently, but this may be due to the telephone infrastructure for that user(?).

Web Site:
Web site under redesign, with Internet Service mentioned on top. Arabic only web site. They are a dealer for computer equipment (SGI, Diamond Multi-Media, ...etc.), and their web site used to heavily advertise these on their site.

Prices:
Offer 3 months unlimited access for 700 SR (comes up to 233 SR per month). Also 200 SR per month for 35 hours access.

ICC International Computers Co.

Tel:
02-665-8282
02-665-8584

www.icc.net.sa No

General:
Seem to have merged with others in the Saudi Internet Company

Web Site:
Under construction. Home page in English, with a link for Arabic clearly visible. Offers their Internet Services page on their web site, still says "under construction".

Naseej Arabian Advanced Systems

Tel:
800-124-1333
01-477-0477

www.naseej.com Not for individuals, but available for corporate users. General:
Naseej is Arabic for "Weaving" or "Web". In the Saudi Arabia pre-internet days, Naseej Arab Information Network used to be a subscription service to several online Arabic publications in various fields, using Internet technology, as well as an e-mail provider. Their web site has grown to provide general and business news, Islamic information, sports news, weather etc. They have Naseejoha (Arabic for "Her Weaving", or "Her Web"), a Women oriented site. They give subscribers 5 MB of web page space, unlimited Web based e-mail, chat and forums.
They offer a money back guarantee, if not satisfied.
Web Site:
Pure Arabic main page! Unreadable to many browsers / surfers!
NESMA "With the technical support from Saudi American General Electric"

Tel:
800-124-4500
01-463-3100 Ext. 304,305,306,307

www.nesma.net.sa No

General:
24 Hour support x 7 days
800 Number for support.
Web Site:
Home page in English with a clear link to Arabic. Graphics heavy. Pages on services are clear and fast loading, with pricing information.
Prices:
They had a special offer for unlimited access for 3 months for 570SR (limited time offer). This offer seemed to have expired in early August 1999. They seem to not advertise "unlimited access" any more on their web site.

NourNet Nour Trading Co.

Tel:
01-477-6555

www.nour.net.sa No

General:
Seem to focus on up market corporate subscribers.
Web Site:
Site is very good looking and has lots of useful business and news links. Not much useful information about Nour themselves. No prices available on their web site.

Oger Tel Saudi Oger

Tel:
01-464-7114
02-653-4287
800-124-9988

Fax:
01-4645200

www.ogertel.com Yes General:
Feedback from users say that they are fast, reliable and have good service. They offer paperless sign up by buying CyberCredits via cards from dealers.
Not taking any new subscribers as of mid August, till more dial-in ports are available from STC. May re-open subscriptions by end of September 1999.
Prices:
For 190 SR, you get an unlimited access account, but you have to pay in 150 SR increments using their Cyber Credits.
Web Site:
Very professional looking site, and very functional. Possibly the best web site of all Saudi Arabia's ISPs. You can manage your internet account directly from the web (add credits to your account, view history, ...etc.)
Prime Net National Group for Communications and Computers (NGC)

Tel:
01-419-3000

www.prime.net.sa No General:
Users seem to be happy with their service.
Web Site:
Appealing and easily navigable web site. Contains pricing information.
Sahara Internet Service (SIS) Sahara Network
(Jazira Network Establishment)

Tel:
03-832-2299

www.sahara.com.sa Yes General:
Starting as a Bulletin Board System in the early 90's, then transformed into an e-mail access provider, they are now a full ISP, with lots of experience. Somewhat expensive, perhaps due to the customer base from the e-mail-only days.
Web Site:
A very professional and fast loading web site. Very informative. They actively use their web site as a means to regularly communicate with their customers (e.g. Update page). Prices are published, with unlimited access at 420 SR.
Saudi Internet Company

Saudi Internet Company (Alliance of 7 companies)

Tel:
01-460-3031

Fax:
01-460-3130

Customer Services:
800-124-5566

www.sol.net.sa Yes (?)

General:
An alliance of 7 Licensed Internet Providers:

  1. Abdulla Fouad Group
  2. Al-Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies Co
  3. Atheeb Trading Co. Ltd.
  4. H.A.K. Group of Companies,
  5. International Communication Corp (Itsalat)
  6. Jamal Al-Jassim Electronics Est. (PC Net)
  7. M.S.Al-Suwaidi Trading
    & Development)

Prices:
Their internet site states that unlimied access is 395 SR for one month. If you prepay for a full year, then this falls to 291 SR per month. They have a place on their form for "advertised plan", so they periodically have specials, ...etc. Older versions of their printed form contains an option for unlimited access for 190SR per month, but some of their flyers say 120 free hours for 570 SR for 3 months. Their flyer still offer a one year unlimited "Family" subscription with 3 E-Mail addresses and a web page for 2,500 SR, and their form states 2,280SR for the same?

Web Site:
Arabic home page. Very nice logo by the way! Lots of links about news, chat, ...etc.
Support:
They also have an 800 customer services number for kingdom wide free access.

SBM Saudi Business Machines (Juffali Group)

Tel:
800-244-0360

www.sbm.net.sa Yes General:
One of the strong point of SBM is that they are part of ibm.net and therefore offer worldwide access points.
Prices:
Offer unlimited access for 225 SR, if you pre-pay a full year.Monthly payments would make it 265 SR.
Web Site:
Their web site used to be part of SBM's site, oriented to promoting IBM systems in Saudi Arabia. Now they have their own .net.sa web site with pricing information.
Saudi Online

Commercial Investment & Development Company (CIDC)

Tel:
01-460-2055

Fax:
01-460-2112

Customer Services:
800 124 8811

www.saudionline.com.sa Yes (?)

General:
Owned by Prince Turki

There used to be a dispute between Saudi Internet Company (SOL) and SaudiOnline for the name "Saudi Online". This name is now the sole right of CIDC.

Shabakah Al Rajhi Group

Tel:
02-661-3575

www.shabakah.net.sa Yes General:
Affiliated with a long established Saudi Arabian conglomerate.
Web Site:
Their web site is very well designed, and appealing, with an English home page, with a link to Arabic pages.
Prices:
Unlimited access is at 400 SR per month, goes down to 240 SR per month if you prepay for a year.
Shaheer Shaheer

Tel:
01-460-1410
Fax:
01-460-1911
 

www.shaheer.net.sa No General:
An up market provider that offers quality service to a limited number of subscribers, and no unlimited access.
Web Site:
Their web site is very informative, loads fast and is visually appealing. It has all pricing information, not only for internet access, but also for web hosting, web development, corporate accounts, ...etc.
SPS Net Samir Photographic Supplies (Kodak)

Tel:
02-682-8219

www.sps.net.sa Yes General:
N/A
Service:
Once connected, the service seems to by acceptable. Used to be difficult to connect to during busy (e.g. evening) hours, but seems to have improved lately.
Web Site:
The site is totally redesigned with a version that allows faster access from low bandwidth conncetions.
SUHUF (suhuf.net.sa) Al-Jazirah Corporation (Newspaper publisher)

Tel:
01-487-0911
02-673-1102
03-826-1723

www.suhuf.net.sa No General:
No unlimited access yet, but advertise that they will soon announce this service when STC installs more access ports.
Money back guarantee.
Web Site:
Graphics Heavy. Arabic home page with an English link. Prices published on web site.
TRInet Bin Laden Telecommunication Company (BTC)

Tel:
02-647-0795

www.tri.net.sa ?

General:
Used to target upscale customers, and was therefore somewhat expensive. in May 2000, they lowered their prices to be very competitive. Very fast with FTP downloads of up to 3.5-4KBps.
Web Site:
Very slow loading (annoying!) since they use Shockwave.

Zajil GulfNet Saudi Arabia

Tel:
02-650-3588
01-462-8562

www.zajil.net Yes General:
Zajil (Arabic for "Homing Pigeon") provided e-mail access to the general public for a few years, before the internet started in Saudi Arabia. Now they are a full ISP.
Web Site:
Offers English or Arabic choice onthe main page. Graphics heavy, with some sound effects. Not much information in it. No pricing information.
Saudi Net Saudi Telecomm Company (STC)

Tel:
01-452-8100

www.saudi.net.sa ? General:
They are now an ISP offering dialup service to the public. Their parent company is the recently privatized phone company. It manages the modems for all ISPs.
Web Site:
Provides pricing information, some perferred business partners (Web Design, Cabling, ...etc.)

Notes

 

  • The table is sorted in pure alphabetical order. The particular ISP's position within the table does not indicate any ranking.
  • Telephone Numbers are all proceeded by the area code within Saudi Arabia. 01- is for Riyadh, 02- for Jeddah, and 03- for Al Khobar/Dammam area. Numbers starting with 800- are toll free, and can be called from anywhere in the Kingdom.
  • Some providers have no web site, some have web sites with little if any useful content. I have listed the site so that you can check it yourself (perhaps on a regular basis) to see if a particular ISP has useful information published.

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