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Radio in Saudi Arabia

Old Jun 25th 2016, 10:42 am
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I am sadly getting treansferred to KSA soon (Riyadh)

I wanted to know if a AM/FM/shortwave radio is possible to bring along or would they confiscate it / give me lashes etc...It is just a small normal world receiver type chinese radio (TECSUN PL 660)

Also, are there any english FM radio stations broadcasting in Riyadh?
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Old Jun 25th 2016, 12:48 pm
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Default Re: Radio in Saudi Arabia

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I am sadly getting treansferred to KSA soon (Riyadh)

I wanted to know if a AM/FM/shortwave radio is possible to bring along or would they confiscate it / give me lashes etc...It is just a small normal world receiver type chinese radio (TECSUN PL 660)

Also, are there any english FM radio stations broadcasting in Riyadh?
You can tune into BBC Radio online - get some laptop speakers.

What about TV? get an IPTV box and sign up. About£20 a month and you get all UK channels plus Sky Movies and Sky Sports (plus loads of other channels, movie channels and sports channels).
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Old Jun 26th 2016, 7:33 am
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Default Re: Radio in Saudi Arabia

Originally Posted by Debowing View Post
I am sadly getting treansferred to KSA soon (Riyadh)

I wanted to know if a AM/FM/shortwave radio is possible to bring along or would they confiscate it / give me lashes etc...It is just a small normal world receiver type chinese radio (TECSUN PL 660)

Also, are there any english FM radio stations broadcasting in Riyadh?
No idea if they're still around, it's been around a year since I've listened ( current car is an American Import, so the radio can't pick up the local stations. ) but there's a couple of FM English radio stations, one called Mix FM, somewhere around 96 / 97.0 - cant remember exactly.It's not exclusively ENglish, but large parts of the broadcasts are.

Another one around the same frequency but tends to be more Arabic / Islamic.

If you manage to get to Dhahran / Eastern region, you'll be able to pick up American Forces Radio. Ok in small doses.

Otherwise, as Victor said, you can pick up pretty much anything with online radio.
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TuneIn app and a docking station.
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In Riyadh there is one English radio station at 95.5 and 97.0 on the FM band, playing limited western music with English speaking presenters. There is also a channel at 92.0 called Madaar FM playing keyboard versions of classical music and popular English songs with the lyrics removed (including, highly amusingly, certain "festive" tunes all year around)... :-) You can also stream many western radio stations over the internet using a smart phone with data connection in-car or over the internet at home.

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