while browsing, I noticed a list of emergency numbers,
and the list WAS huge,
from top of the page to nearly half of the page!!!
so i was wondering why don't we "Saudi Arabia" have one easy number,
but before i start bitching about it, I did a small research one emergancy numbers around the world.
and i was kinda surprised to find that it's not only Saudi have that many numbers but most 3rd world countries.
most European countries has one number 112, only UK use 999
US and Canada use 911
Asia commen number is 999 but man they have a lot of numbers
Africa i don't want even to start, the numbers differs from one country to another
Back to Saudi,
while looking at most advanced countries, I know for a fact that Saudi CAN have cetrlized system.
To ensure service, quality of service and most of all prompt service.
Imagine calling a number let say 999 in this case it's the police number, in case of fire, and you been asked to dial the fire department!!! some would actually help to say the truth.
Traffic accedint should and already have it's own number 993 in case of Saudi, yet these days, when you call they would ask if both parties or more have insurance... as they will give you another number to call, but I must say this, when a car accident is huge and their are some people hurt, they would respond only if the information was correct that is.
The thing is some people use emergency line for fun, not on purpose; but out of frustration, since traffic police respond will average from 30 to 50 minutes, but if it was weekend it could take longer; due to that fact people lie, to make them show up faster
Any way, as long you know the right number you have nothing to worry.
The following is photos of the emergency service cars with emergency phone number to it hope it helps ^.^
This is made for people that are new in Saudi, or coming to Saudi ^.^
Blue, some time might look like purple
Blue safety light
you would call them for any type of emergency that is not listed below
2.The Traffic Police,
Green, with light green
Red safety light
Najim "only if all parties are insured"
white and yellow
Red Safety light
RED safety light
you call them in case of Fire, someone trapped or need rescue.
4.Saudi Red Crescent
White and Red
Red and White safety light
for any health case that need immediate attention
White with dark and light green stripes
Green and Red safety light
they are called in case of illegal immigration and check that non-Saudis have the right papers to live in Saudi.
in case of drug trafficking or anything drug related
White with green and blue stripes
Red and Blue safety light
they are called when out side city limits, they handle traffic also.
hope this would help you ^.^
if you have any questions feel free to ask I'll be happy to answer them for you as much as I can