Calling India from Gulf?

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Middle – East ( aka Gulf ) is a popular destination for Indian workers from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and other southern states. Proximity to India, good wages for skilled labor, relatively easy to obtain work permits, and an established expat Indian community are the primary reasons why lakhs of Indians flock to these shores every year. UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are among the major countries which have expat Indian populations.If you are one of the Indian expats in Gulf,  here’s an interesting piece of info :

  • Normal Calling Rate from Indian mobile( Airtel/Vodafone etc) to Gulf – Around INR 7 per minute.
  • Normal Calling Rate from Gulf Mobile ( Etisalat etc ) to India – 2.4 Dirham (Approx INR 30) per minute.

The calling rates from Gulf to India are almost 4 times the other way round! In addition, most Indian mobile operators have special prepaid packs that reduce calling rate to Gulf to almost Rs 2-3 per minute.


1) Get your family a prepaid mobile connection if they already don’t have one.

2) Topup online using mobikwik whenever you want to talk! Mobikwik accepts all international credit cards and Indian net banking and works instantly.

3) Give your folks a missed call so they can call you back. 😀

Mobikwik has many satisfied customers from the Gulf who use it regularly. If you are from Gulf and want to share your experience using mobikwik, do come forward and comment!

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Comments (1):

  1. Gourav sharma

    February 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Reminding me one sms 😀

    Mobiles are invented By american’s.! Sim cards are invented by japanese! But miss call invented by “POOR INDIAN GIRLS ” & call back invented by “GREAT INDIAN BOYS “


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