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Where can I get a tourist SIM card for Dubai?

5g tourist sim card including dubai metro & bus nol card.

Do you want to quickly share your holiday photos in Dubai with your friends and family via social media or WhatsApp? Then you often run into high roaming costs from your telephone provider outside Europe. But luckily there is a solution!

Avoid high roaming costs from your telephone company during your holiday in Dubai. Choose for a tourist SIM card with 4G/5G . With this SIM card you can use the internet on your phone anywhere in Dubai.

You can pick up your ordered tourist SIM card immediately upon arrival in Dubai in Terminal 1, 2 or 3 of Dubai Airport. Here you can present your redemption ticket and redeem your booking. Outside the airport, only a few shops sell SIM cards to tourists, so it is recommended to pick it up at the airport immediately upon arrival in Dubai.

You can choose from various types of SIM cards. We have listed them for you below.

Tourist SIM card with 2 GB + 30 minutes calling Price: 13.34 US Dollar Click here to book this card online >

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Tourist SIM card with 22.5 GB + 525 minutes of calling (8.5 hours) Price: 54,45 US Dollar Click here to book this card online >

Tourist SIM card with unlimited GB + 100 minutes of calling (1.5 hours) Price: 86,85 US Dollar Click here to book this card online >

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Do you want to be able to use the internet with your tablet or laptop anywhere in Dubai next to your phone? Then the Dubai 4G pocket WiFi combi is for you. With the special WiFi hotspot you can connect up to 10 devices and use the 4G / LTE data connection.

You can pick up the WiFi hotspot immediately upon arrival at Dubai International Airport at the pickup point in terminal 1, 2 or 3. Here you can present your redemption ticket and redeem your booking.

There are several WiFi hotspots for rent, we have listed them for you below.

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Do you want to pick up your NOL card directly at the airport and do you also want to be able to use the internet and call favorable in Dubai? Then the Dubai metro & bus NOL Card with 5G tourist SIM card ideal for you!

You can pick up the SIM card for visitors to Dubai, including the NOL Card, at the pickup point immediately upon arrival at Dubai airport., You can immediately use the SIM card and use the internet in Dubai at a low cost without being bothered by the high costs from your provider.

The NOL card comes with AED 19 AED (converted about 5 US Dollar) balance that is good for a trip of one day. You can then easily charge the NOL card in all Dubai metro stations and at certain bus stops. You can choose from two types of SIM cards, both include the NOL card for public transport:

2GB SIM card for visitors (+ 30 min call) + silver NOL card Price: 17,70 US Dollar Click here to book this card online >

4GB SIM card for visitors (+ 30 min call) + silver NOL card Price: 24,23 US Dollar Click here to book this card online >

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Best Dubai SIM Card for Tourists

Dubai Tourist SIMs and eSIMs for the UAE explained

Are you planning on visiting Dubai? If yes, then you’ll probably need a Dubai tourist SIM card!

As well as being a rather insta-famous city, it’s simply put a necessity to have internet when travelling these days; from retrieving travel booking details to ordering taxis and meals while you’re on the go – trust us, there’s an app for everything in Dubai !

Although you’ll get access to a Wi-Fi network in most places in Dubai, what if you’re on the go? That’s when you’ll need a travel SIM in Dubai to make calls, use social media, or use Maps to navigate around the city or call a driver.

For your ease and convenience, we have put together everything you need to know about getting a SIM card in Dubai for tourists, as well as eSIM options you can arrange before your arrival.

You will find detailed information in this article, from the mobile network operators in Dubai to the best SIM card and even how to pre-order a Dubai SIM, so you’re ready to go.

1. Du SIM Card in Dubai for Tourists

2. etisalat dubai tourist sim, 3. virgin mobile travel sim in dubai, airalo esim, kitmytrip – via getyourguide, frequently asked questions (faqs) on dubai tourist sims, mobile operators in the uae.

Getting a Dubai tourist SIM is a pretty straightforward process. However, there are multiple mobile operators in the UAE, so it gets rather confusing for tourists to decide which mobile network SIM they should go for based on the packages offered.

However, there’s no need to worry, as we have simplified everything for you! Below you will find a list of mobile operators in the UAE with information about purchasing their SIM and which operator is the most suitable for you.

Du is a mobile operator in UAE, launched in 2007. If you want to get a Du SIM card, you can get one on arrival at the airport or from the Du store.

Du logo

The upside of getting a Du tourist SIM from the immigration counters at the Dubai airport is that you get it for free with 1GB of local data as a welcome bonus. As for the activation, you don’t need to go through extensive steps as the SIM is already activated using your passport information.

To start using the du SIM, you simply have to insert it into your mobile and verify your date of birth via a verification text. Once the verification is complete, you will get 1GB of local data for free, valid for 24 hours .

You can also purchase a Du SIM card from its franchise store across the city. If you just buy the SIM without any package, it will cost around AED 10; however, if you activate a bundle package (starting from AED 49), you’ll get the SIM for free. You’ll just need your passport to get started.

Etisalat is the 18th largest mobile operator in the world and operates in more than 16 countries. Therefore, we can say that it is one of the best SIM cards for Dubai.

Etisalat logo

You can get an Etisalat SIM from the Dubai airport when you land. And while it does not offer free data, it has plenty of packages.

For instance, it has 3 Visitor Line packages, where you can get a 28-day package including a SIM card, 4GB of data, and 30 Flexi minutes for AED 79.

Similarly, you can get a premium 28-day package for AED 125, which includes a SIM card, 8GB of data, 120 Flexi minutes, and 5 Wi-Fi hours.

And if you’re looking for an unlimited data package, get it for AED 319, including a SIM card, 10 days of unlimited data, and 100 Flexi hours.

Visitor Line packages are valid until your visa; therefore, if you plan on staying in Dubai for good, you can switch to Etisalat’s other pre-paid and post-paid packages.

Virgin Mobile is a newer mobile operator in UAE by the Virgin Mobile brand (though it is a fully owned subsidiary of Du and uses the same network). It offers special tourist SIM cards with different packages to people visiting Dubai for business or vacations.

You can get the SIM from the airport as soon as you land; however, the tourist SIM is for one-time use. This means you can use it for as long as your package lasts and won’t be able to renew it.

Virgin Mobile logo

Virgin Mobile offers four packages for its Dubai tourist SIM:

  • A 7-day package costs AED 150 with 21GB of data
  • A 10-day package costs AED 200 with 40GB of data
  • A 15-day package costs AED 300 with unlimited data
  • A 30-day package costs AED 500 with unlimited data

SIMs Sold by Third-Party Companies

If you see online tour operators selling you a SIM card, it will be based on services provided by one of the above three networks.

All should have reliable coverage in metropolitan areas. Beyond that, in the mountains and the desert, it’s time to switch off and get yourself an offline map, as the network will be patchy or non-existent no matter whose network you use (they are all ultimately government-owned and share much of their infrastructure).

As international travellers, we’ve become big fans of using Airalo eSIMs whenever possible. The eSIM they sell for the UAE is marketed as “ Burj Mobile ” (digging beneath the cover, we believe it runs on the Etisalat network)

There are currently three different Burj Mobile packages

  • 1GB valid for 7 Days for $8.50 USD (AED 32)
  • 3GB valid for 30 days for $22.50 USD (AED 82.50)
  • 5GB valid for 30 days for $35 USD (AED 128.50)
NB these are all for data only; if you think you’ll need to make phone calls too, you’re better waiting until arrival and getting a local Dubai SIM with a phone number attached!

Using Airalo is super easy. Once you purchase online, you’ll need to press activate and change any existing eSIMs on your phone to the new eSIM. The clock starts ticking as soon as you land and connect to the network in the UAE.

If you are travelling more widely around the Middle East and just popping in to Dubai briefly, you may also want to look at Airalo’s Middle East option, Menalink , with packages as follows:

  • 1GB valid for 7 Days for $15 USD
  • 2GB valid for 15 days for $28 USD
  • 3GB valid for 30 days for $39 USD

Popular online tour provider Get Your Guide partners with KitMyTrip to deliver several great value tourist bundles to consider – they take all the guesswork of how to sign up for a network; you really have to decide how data-hungry you are!

You’ll need to find their kiosks in arrivals at DXB Terminals 1 and 3 to get your data set up (NB not for arrivals in DXB Terminal 2 or DWC airport).

  • Their SIM card-only package lets you choose from 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 22.5GB and unlimited over 28 days – starting from $15 USD – check it out here
  • Package your SIM and NOL Card – calls, data and a silver public transport pass known as “Nol” this is a popular tourist package – check it out here
  • Pocket Wifi Rental – If you’ve got multiple devices, this one could be your solution, rent a mobile hotspot and return it after your trip – suitable for 4 to 10 days, or add extra days on – check it out here
Do read the fine print if pre-packaged SIM bundles will work for you, only 1 per passport and users must be over 18, so you can’t hand one out to each of the kids. In this instance, families should consider pocket wifi options.

The free tourist SIM is a free SIM card Du Telecommunications offers to people visiting Dubai. This SIM card can be picked up from the immigration counter at the Dubai airport and is activated using your passport details. It contains 1GB of free local data valid for 24 hours. Once the time is over, you can recharge your SIM with the various tourist packages offered by Du.

We recommend getting a SIM card on arrival in Dubai from the airport. The reason? It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s fast. Plus, multiple SIM card sellers at the airport make buying it pretty straightforward. You have to provide your passport details, go through the various packages, and get the SIM. On the other hand, you can also pre-order your SIM card. You have to contact the mobile operator, select a package, and provide your home address in your country. The mobile operator will then mail the SIM card to your address. However, we won’t recommend this option, as it takes too long, plus you never know when you will receive the SIM via mail. Also, what if it gets lost on the way? And this method isn’t suitable if you make a sudden plan to visit Dubai. eSIM’s, on the other hand, where you don’t need a physical SIM card to be delivered, could be your easiest option these days. Simply activate it as soon as you land and you’re instantly connected, no need to queue at a counter when you get to DXB.

Based on the offers and packages by Du, Etisalat, and Virgin Mobile, the best SIM card for Dubai is Du. Because for starters, it offers a free tourist SIM to the visitors. You can quickly insert it into your mobile and get connected almost instantly. Etisalat is also a good option, but it is a bit expensive, and its Visitors Line’s validity depends on your visa expiration. However, it is a good option if you’re in Dubai for limited days. Those wanting convenience and with a compatible device should try the Airalo eSIM – it’s not the cheapest option but super easy for those who only need a little bit of data.

As mentioned earlier, getting a tourist SIM in Dubai is easy. You can either get it from the airport or the mobile network provider’s store. The representative will ask for your passport, take its copy, and register the SIM card in your name. Getting a Dubai tourist SIM card is not a big deal. It is pretty simple if you know how to go about the process.

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Best Dubai Tourist Sim Card Guide 2024

30 th december, 2020 updated.

One crucial travel necessity in a foreign country is a SIM card and choosing the best SIM card can make all the difference to your holiday trip. Our best Dubai Tourist SIM Card Guide 2024 will explain to you the different options and how you can choose the best SIM card while considering your requirements.

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Table Of Contents

  • 2. Airport wifi & Getting a Sim in Dubai airport
  • 3. The main telecom service providers
  • 4. Malls & attractions wifi
  • 5. Abu Dhabi sim card for tourist
  • 6. International sim card for UAE
  • 7. Photography guide in Dubai
  • 8. Offensive language and social media

Airalo has figured out an idea that is bound to make communication for travellers easy as eating cake. Most smartphones now come with an eSim which is embedded in the device. Although this eSim exists, very few are aware of how to set it up and use it. This is where Airalo will help as they are the first eSIM store in the world that sells local and international SIMs that don't take long to set up.

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How Airalo works?

Click here to view the eSIM packages on offer for Dubai. After you decide which plan to buy, make the payment through credit card, PayPal or in-app currency known as Airmoney. You will then be given a QR code. This code can then be scanned by any devices that have built-in eSIMs. This can be done by visiting Settings and then clicking on eSIM menu.

After the QR code has been scanned, the new eSIM profile will be downloaded into the device for that specific destination. Network connections will become active after you enter the country for which you purchased the eSIM. A single device can hold up to 50 different eSIMs making it possible to travel to different destinations and keep changing your email for instant coverage.

If you are buying an Airalo eSIM for Dubai, you need to select United Arab Emirates.

select United Arab Emirates

Pros of Using Airalo

The biggest pro of using Airalo is that it provides easy access to international eSIMs for an affordable price which doesn't take much long to set up. An US eSIM can be set up in a matter of 5 minutes.

Airport wifi & Getting a Sim in Dubai airport

You can access free Wi-fi at Dubai International airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International airport (DWC) by following these steps

  • Go to Settings tab in your phone and turn on the Wi-fi.
  • Under "Public Networks" you will see "DXB free Wi-fi". Click on it to connect
  • Go to the web browser and click on "Get online now" to experience high-speed WiFi for free at DXB.

Free Sim cards for Dubai tourist

On arrival at Dubai Airport, tourists can get a free SIM card with free talk time and data.

Source: Gulf News

How the free Sim card works

To be able to register your free SIM card you need to be 18 years or older. Your passport and a valid UAE visit visa need to be shown for identification and verification purposes. The SIM has a one-month validity and is preloaded with 3 Flexi minutes and 20 MB data.

To activate the free SIM, insert SIM card into phone, dial *122# and follow the instructions.

Where to get it

It can be obtained at the Passport control counter before the baggage collection area. Travelers from any flight can take this sim.

The main telecom service providers

Dubai has only 2 telecom service providers, Du and Etisalat. Majority of tourists staying in or near Dubai have reported no difference in signal strength, coverage or speed between the 2 networks. If you want to wander the untravelled paths then Etisalat is the best prepaid SIM card.

Where to find a SIM card at Dubai airport

There is one stall each for both Du and Etisalat at all of the 3 Dubai Airport(DXB) terminals.

  • Terminal 1 Arrivals. Straight ahead, slightly to the left, after exiting customs.
  • Terminal 2 Arrivals. To the left, further down, after exiting customs.
  • Terminal 3 Arrivals. To the left, after exiting customs
  • Terminal 1 Arrivals. To the right after exiting customs.
  • Terminal 3 Arrivals. To the left, after exiting customs.

SIM cards can also be purchased from commercial centres and shopping malls where the mobile network representatives will assist you.

Packages available for tourist

Du offers free sim and below are the packages.

Du

How to activate Du SIM?

  • Insert the SIM into your phone.
  • Dial *122# (and keep your passport on hand).
  • Enter your passport number, country name and date of arrival when requested.
  • If you’re eligible and the details you entered are correct, you’ll get a notification that your activation request is in process, as well as a confirmation SMS with your assigned mobile number once it’s active.
  • Once you receive your confirmation SMS, dial 135 to select a language and start enjoying our services

Etisalat offers free sim and below are the packages

etisalat

Malls & attractions wifi

Dubai has numerous Malls, attractions and places where free Wi-fi is offered. Listed below are fe places you can enjoy free connectivity.

Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of Emirates is not just a glamorous shopping spot, it is also an amazing entertainment hub. More than 630 retail outlets including International lifestyle and fashion brands give you a wide option to shop from. Some of the mandatory to-dos include visiting SKI Dubai and Magic Planet. You can also try Yalla! Bowling or watch something at Dreamscape VR VOX Cinema.

To use free wi-fi choose #Free_Mall_Wifi from the list of available networks. If you need more help, the mall's numerous customer service desks can assist you.

Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road

Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange Four, Dubai, UAE

Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road

Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | Thursday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 12:00 am

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Another favourite of locals and tourists, Dubai mall has numerous luxury and retail outlets. It also connects to two 5 star hotels, Address Boulevard and Address Dubai Mall. You can choose “@Dubai Mall by Emaar” to access free internet.

Financial Centre Road

Financial Centre Road, Along Sheikh Zayed Road, next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Financial Centre Road

Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 midnight | Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 01:00 am

Financial Centre Road

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Dubai festival city mall

This mall has numerous retail options from luxury brands to reputed lifestyle brands which is why it is frequented by tourists and locals. The Mall's captivating laser show known as IMAGINe is a must-watch. If you're a movie junkie then watch a Hollywood or Bollywood blockbuster at NOVO cinema. Free WiFi can be used while shopping in the mall.

Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City

10:00 am – 12:00 midnight

Dubai Festival City

Some of the other malls in Dubai with free Wi-Fi

  • WAFI Mall Dubai
  • Dubai Marina Mall
  • City Centre Mirdiff
  • City Centre Deira
  • The Springs Souk
  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Abu Dhabi sim card for tourist

Abu Dhabi international airport also has Du and Etisalat counters. Travellers landing in Abu Dhabi can purchase a local Du/ Etisalat SIM. They can also purchase from a range of pre-paid or post-paid packages, smart devices and e-Life packages.

  • Du Abu Dhabi Airport T1
  • Abu Dhabi Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals, Abu Dhabi
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  • Etislat Abu Dhabi Airport T1

International sim card for UAE

Here is our round-up of 2021's 7 top International SIM card providers. With our comparison of their features, benefits and costs, you can easily decide which of these providers will best suit your requirements.

Worldsim

  • Triple-punched (Standard, Micro and Nano) prepaid International SIM card.
  • Free SIM, only pay for top-up
  • Variety of Call, Data and SMS plans to choose from.
  • Top-up doesn't expire if SIM is used at least once per year.
  • Virtual Numbers Service for a monthly fee with added phone numbers (free UK and USA numbers) for over 50 different countries.
  • Card works in 200 countries
  • Receive free incoming calls in 118 countries
  • Reduce roaming costs by 95%
  • Use Virtual Numbers Service to roam with current mobile number without roaming charges.
  • Free UK(+44) and USA(+1) mobile number.

Purchase from data-only packages offering up to 4 GB or voice+ data bundles covering more than 100 countries. You can also top-up with only credit. Prices of packages and rates for data, texts and calls vary depending on the country.

See this page for up-to-date bundle prices for each country. Luckily, there’s a nice little rate calculator on this page .

OneSIM

  • Prepaid International SIM fitting standard, micro and nano card slots.
  • 3 varieties of SIM; Universal, Expedition and Europe & more.
  • Comes with $10 credit for data, texts and voice.
  • All three cards come with free 2 numbers; an Estonian (+372) European number and Australian, Canadian, UK or US number.
  • Add unlimited Personal Extra Numbers from more than 60 countries.
  • Mobile data as low as 20c/MB with daily, weekly and monthly packages available.

Universal SIM

cost-$29.95

  • The European number can receive free incoming calls in 162 countries.
  • Coverage in more than 200 countries.
  • Voicemail service with free email delivery.

Expedition SIM

cost-$34.95

  • Ideal for frequent travelers who require good data coverage.
  • Offers internet coverage in more than 170 countries.
  • Free incoming calls in 130 countries

Europe & more SIM

Cost-$19.95

  • Ideal for individuals traveling within Europe.
  • Coverage in 70 countries
  • Direct dial calling from 45 countries
  • Low calling costs from Canada and US.
  • Cut up 85% on International roaming charges.
  • Outgoing calls as low as 25c/Mon
  • free global concierge service to assist you with reservations, language translation, roadside assistance and more.
  • 45Extras with all the cards include a Wi-Fi calling app for iOS and Android devices, 24/7 live technical support

To see more information about rates for data usage, calling and texting in different countries see this page .

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  • Prepaid International SIM card working in over 170 countries.
  • Different plans for calls, SMS and Data.
  • Triple-punched SIM cards comes with an Estonian (+372) European number.
  • Card costs €10 and pay extra for credit or data.
  • Free incoming calls in over 135 countries.
  • Incoming text messages are free in all countries.
  • SIM card will remain active as long as it is topped-up at least once every 18 months.
  • Prepaid Data and credit plans are available.
  • Reduce roaming costs by 85%

countries are categorised into A, B and C. Plans for countries in group A are cheapest and plans for group C countries are the most expensive.

You can check the rates for calling, texting and data usage in any country here , and the prepaid data plans on this page .

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  • Coverage across 210 countries over 340 different networks.
  • Triple-punched SIM cards comes with an Estonian (+372) European number
  • Unused credit and call time valid for 18 months.
  • Rates as low as $0.25 /MB for pay as you use Data.
  • Money saving data plans with validity of 30 days.
  • Costs $19 with $10 credit included
  • Reduce roaming costs by 90%
  • Free incoming calls in 135+ countries.
  • Free incoming messages in all countries.

To learn more about rates for calls, data and texts in the countries you plan to visit you can use the rate calculator .

Keepgo

Established in 2009, KeepGo offers a Smartwatch Data SIM card and a Lifetime Data SIM Card.

Features of Lifetime Data SIM

  • Triple-punched SIM
  • Only for data usage can't make calls or SMS.
  • Costs 49 USD with 1GB data.
  • Provides coverage in 110 countries.
  • Same cost for data plans regardless of travelling country. Choose from 500 MB ($14) to 10 GB ($165), with 1GB ($26), 3GB ($61) and 5GB ($88) plans
  • Data plans expire within a year unless you recharge and extend it for another year.

Features of Smartwatch SIM card

  • A data SIM ideal to connect your SmartWatch to 2G or 3G networks across over 110 countries.
  • costs $10 with 5MB of data included
  • Choose from 3 data plans with the largest being of 3GB

Gigsky

  • Triple-punched International SIM offering data coverage in over 120 countries.
  • To use: purchase X and download the GigSky smart app to activate the SIM.
  • Data plans range from packages offering 300 MB to 5GB (some countries the maximum Plans are for 1GB)
  • Regional plans for Asia, Europe, North America, etc.
  • Non-regional plans for individual countries

You can view the latest rates for the regional data plans on this page and for the non-regional plans here .

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KnowRoaming

  • International SIM offering Voice calls, data and SMS.
  • No SIM purchase required.
  • Purchase a special sticker (cost $ 29.99) to stick over your original SIM card and convert it to a prepaid International SIM.
  • Download app to operate the SIM
  • Can also buy a normal SIM for $9.99
  • Free US (+1) number and ability to purchase extra foreign numbers for over 50 different countries for a fee between $3 to $12.50 a month.
  • Free WhatsApp data for 30 days from the date of purchase.
  • Pay-as-you-use rates for data start as low as $0.15/MB
  • Unlimited data plans are available in 125+ countries from $7.99 a day
  • Reduce roaming charges in 200 and more countries.

You can view the company’s data plans and check pay-as-you-go rates for texts, calls and data in any country on their website.

Photography guide in Dubai

You now have internet access and can visit your social media handles. This doesn't allow you to photograph all that you see and post it. You may fall into deep trouble by going against some rule. Check below our Photography guide in Dubai

Source : Cyber Laws

Article 21 of the UAE cybercrimes law

This law states that photographing another person or invading their privacy by saving, copying, transferring, disclosing or creating electronic photos is a punishable act.Punishments for this offense include imprisonment for minimum 6 months and a fine not less than AED 150,000 and not more than 500,000 or either of these two punishments depending on the severity of the offense.

Article 378 of the UAE Penal Code, Federal Law Number 3 of 1987

This law mentions that photographing someone without his or her permission is considered an invasion of privacy and is illegal in the country. The article also mentions that if anyone publishes news, comments or pictures relating to family life or private secrets will be punished even if they are true. The punishment will be either or both of the following depending on the severity of the act. Detention for a period not more than 1 year and/or a fine not more than 10,000 AED.

Article 43 of the Federal Law Number 7 of 2002

This law prevents the act of photographing another individual without obtaining their permission and publishing that kind of picture publicly on any social media website. The article has a few exceptions:

  • In incidents that have publicly taken place;
  • If the photograph is related to official or public characters; or national or international celebrities; or
  • If the competent public authorities have permitted such publication for the purpose of public welfare; with the provision that the exhibition or circulation of such photograph, is not prejudicial to the status of the person appearing in the photograph.

Offensive language and social media

Offensive language.

Article 373 of the Penal Code, clearly mentions that a fine(not exceeding 10,000 AED) and detention for a period not more than a year will be imposed on any individual who disgraces or insults any individual publicly without attributing any particular act to the defamed party. A fine not more than 20,000 AED or detention for not more than 2 years will be imposed if:

  • The abuse injures the reputation of families OR
  • Intended to achieve an illegal purpose OR
  • Abuse of a public official or an individual incharge of public service during, because of, or on the occasion of performing his duty or service.

Article 374 of the Penal code also imposes a punishment of detention for not more than 6 months or a fine not more than 5,000 AED for individuals using abuse or slander over the telephone or face to face with the victim and in the presence of a third party.

Social media

Social media is governed by UAE's Cyber and Penal law. If a complaint is made under this section against a user, they can incur a hefty fine. It is highly advised for social media users to adhere to all of UAE's conduct guidelines on social media. Invasion of privacy is punishable under the Penal code and the Cyber Crimes Law, this includes not disclosing any private information that belongs to another individual, example your employer. The legal consequences could be temporary jail time and fine(Article 4). This also includes taking part in discussions that delve into another individual's confidential details

01 Can I purchase a sim card in Dubai airport?

Yes you can. For more information refer to the section in which the packages and the location is explained.

02 How to convert Du tourist sim to permanent?

If you were on visitor visa when you got the Du SIM and have now converted to a residence visa, update your visa and Emirates ID details to DU and they will make it a permanent SIM.

03 I buy Dubai sim card online before I arrive?

So far you can’t buy a UAE sim online before arriving. However, you can buy a SIM upon arrival at all airports in UAE including Dubai international airport.

04 How do I check my Etisalat sim validity ?

If you haven't been using your Etisalat SIM for 3 consecutive months, you will be charged 10 AED for every 3 months of not use if you want to have a lifetime validity. If there is no balance of 10 AED, your line will be disconnected and the number retained for a duration of 12 months. Within this 12 month period you can start reusing the line of you recharge and start using. If no usage during this 12 month duration, the line will be deactivated and it cannot be revived again

05 My du tourist sim is suspended, what do I do now?

Please visit the nearest Du branch immediately

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Travelling to the UAE soon?

Stay connected with our Tourist SIM card. We’ve packed them with Local and International Minutes and all the data you need to keep you going whether you’re on a 7, 10 or 15-day trip or more.

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Why you’ll love our Tourist SIM

  • Affordable & convenient
  • Pick it up as you arrive at the airport
  • Get FREE BOTIM when you get an AED 300 Tourist Plan

Pick a plan that suits you

  • 30 mins/SMS Local
  • 20 mins/SMS Intl.

Unlimited Data

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  • Customers will have the option to purchase voice boosters while on active Tourist plans. The validity of the booster will be that of the Tourist plan.
  • The Tourist plans are valid for 7, 10, and 15 days.
  • The Tourist SIM is valid for (the validity of the Tourist SIM will be in line with the RRMC requirement)
  • Once the validity of the bundles expire, customers can subscribe to recurring national bundles or stay on 'Pay As You Go'.
  • When the customer moves to recurring national bundles or 'Pay As You Go', voice and data boosters will be accessible to the user.
  • The daily data counter will be reset at midnight and all unused data allowance for the day will be forfeited.
  • These plans will only be applicable on Passport/GCC ID. Emirates ID users cannot avail this offer.
  • The Tourist plans are one-time; customer will not be able to renew the same Tourist plan.
  • Minutes can be utilized for local and international calling.
  • AED 300 Tourist plan will also include free VoIP subscription for the duration of your plan. The benefit will lapse if the customer cancels his or her Tourist plan. The data for VoIP service will not be whitelisted.
  • None of the promotions will be applicable for the Tourist plans.
  • Find out what is eSIM .
  • Also, find out How can tourist get Virgin mobile sim from airport

Want Unlimited Data?

For a limited time only, you can boost your data for only AED 100 when you purchase a Tourist plan of AED 200 or AED 300, and we will boost your data to unlimited GBs!

How to get Unlimited Data Booster:

  • Choose a plan of AED 200 or AED 300
  • Download our app to manage your plan
  • In the Home Screen, scroll down to plan details, click on “Boost” under data
  • Select AED 100 booster

We will boost your data to unlimited GBs.

How do I collect my Tourist SIM in UAE ?

You can get one when you visit the Arrivals section of the Dubai International Airport in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. You can also visit the Arrivals sections of the Sharjah and Abu Dhabi international airports.

Here’s how to find us:

  • At Dubai Airport Terminal 1, we're at the end of the walkway in the passengers' meet and greet area before you leave.
  • At Dubai Airport Terminal 2, we're at the end of the walkway in the passengers' meet and greet area before you leave.
  • At Dubai Airport Terminal 3, we’re in the telecoms section as you pass Starbucks on the left and before the passengers' meet and greet area.
  • At Sharjah Airport, we are present right after the passport control doors to the immediate left before leaving the airport.
  • At Abu Dhabi Airport, we are in the Arrivals Hall in a kiosk, and we're the first thing that’s seen on the left as you walk out of the Arrivals door.

Our team will review the passport you submitted once you’ve collected your Travel SIM Card ; which might take a few hours. Once your passport is approved, your SIM will be activated, and you’ll be ready to start using your data and minutes.

Got questions?

Where can i find international calling rates, how can i pay for my plan, how can i check my usage, how can i get a sim from the airport.

  • In Dubai Airport Terminal 1, we are located on the left at the start of the walkway in the passengers meet and greet area just after immigration.
  • In Dubai Airport Terminal 2, we're at the end of the walkway in the passengers' meet and greet area before you leave.
  • In Dubai Airport Terminal 3, we’re in the telecoms section of the terminal. Walk pass Starbucks which is on your right and we’re located in front of you on the left before the passengers meet and greet area.
  • In Abu Dhabi Airport, we have 2 locations in the arrivals terminal. Our shop is located on the right-hand side of the terminal next to Big ticket and our kiosk is located on the left hand side of the terminal after the Travelex kiosk.

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What free benefits do I get with the AED 300 tourist plan?​

When you get a Virgin Mobile tourist plan worth AED 300 from an Airport, Kiosk or a Virgin Megastore, we're giving you: - Free VOIP subscription (BOTIM) - Free access to a top tourist destination. You can pick from:

  • Dubai Ice Rink
  • The Green Planet
  • Top of Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • Cinema ticket/ Reel cinemas
  • Dubai Frame
  • Board Walk Dubai Fountain
  • DreamWorks: free Head & Shoulder massage
  • Aquaventure
  • Tips & Toes: free manicure

When you buy the SIM, you'll get a voucher that you can redeem through our dedicated online portal . It'll be valid for 30 days to visit an attraction you like.

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Tourist SIM Cards in Dubai 2024 [Expat recommends]

If you plan to visit Dubai, you're in for a treat. This vibrant city in the Middle East vistas. To stay connected during your visit,...

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If you plan to visit Dubai, you're in for a treat. This vibrant city in the Middle East vistas. To stay connected during your visit, you'll need a tourist SIM card. This guide provides you with all the information you need to obtain one in Dubai.

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Why Get a Tourist SIM Card in Dubai?

Firstly, it ensures you're always connected, allowing you to share your adventures online, chat with family and friends, and use online maps to explore.

Secondly, it's a cost-saving option. Using your home network in Dubai might result in high roaming charges, but a local SIM can help you avoid those hefty bills.

Thirdly, getting a SIM card in Dubai is a breeze. You'll spot several kiosks selling them right from the moment you enter Dubai International Airport. If not there, the city's major malls and tourist spots also offer them.

Where to Buy a Tourist SIM Card for Dubai?

As soon as you land at Dubai International Airport, you'll find kiosks and counters offering tourist SIM cards. It's the most convenient place to get one right after your arrival.

TelcoWorld Tip

The prices at the airport are the same as the ones in the city stores and online.

Local Telecom Providers

Du Telecom , Virgin Mobile UAE , and Etisalat are the primary telecom providers in Dubai. They have numerous branches throughout the city where you can buy and activate a SIM card.

Malls and Tourist Centers

Major shopping malls and tourist centers in Dubai also have outlets where you can purchase SIM cards.

What Documents Do You Need for a SIM Card in UAE?

To be able to purchase and activate any SIM card in UAE, you need:

to have your Passport. Non-citizens of the United Arab Emirates must submit a visa copy or stamp.

to be at least 16 years old.

In line with UAE Telecom Regulation, each passport holder is restricted to a single SIM card in the United Arab Emirates.

Tourist SIM Card Packages

Du tourist sim, telcoworld tips.

Free SIM card at Dubai Airport, including 1GB of free data

Free internet calling using the Botim app (except 2GB package)

Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM

3GB limit per day for Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 21GB Data

4GB limit per day for Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 60GB Data

Free internet calling using the Botim app for Unlimited Data packages

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500MB GoChat Data promo for Prepaid Visitor Line Premium and Premium +

Unlimited GoChat Data promo for Prepaid Visitor Line Unlimited Data Plans

Easy apply via Airalo app

If you're planning a trip to Dubai, it's important to stay connected while you explore the stunning scenery and vibrant city life. This guide will help simplify the process of getting a tourist SIM card, so you can stay connected without overspending. Whether you're arriving at Dubai International Airport or visiting the city's malls and tourist sites, there are many options available to choose from. With a variety of packages to fit any budget or need, it's easy to find the perfect SIM card for your trip. Keep this guide handy as you get ready for your journey to this amazing Middle Eastern destination, and enjoy seamless connectivity throughout your travels. Have a safe trip!

Let us know if you have any questions or need help activating a SIM card . Leave us a comment.

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The Visitor Line is a prepaid pack exclusively for visitors to the UAE. Benefits include loads of data, voice minutes and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as discounts at restaurants and attractions.

All visitors/recurring visitors to the UAE ages 18 and above 

At the time of purchasing your line, you will need to choose a Visitor plan to instantly connect with your friends and family back home during your stay.

The packs are valid for 28 days and can be purchased multiple times. They are available for re-purchase at the same price.

The Visitor Line’s validity is the same validity as your visa upon arrival. You can migrate your Visitor Line to Wasel Prepaid or to Postpaid by visiting any Etisalat outlet and presenting your new Emirates ID to fulfil the TRA registration rules.

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></center></p><h2>Stay Connected with Mobile SIMs for Tourists in Dubai</h2><p>Table of Contents</p><p>When exploring the mesmerizing city of Dubai as a tourist, having a reliable mobile SIM card at your fingertips can significantly enhance your travel experience. Whether you need to stay in touch with loved ones back home, navigate the city with ease, or access essential online services, a local SIM card can be a lifesaver.</p><p>In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the benefits of having a local SIM, top telecom providers, and essential tips for choosing the right plan.</p><h2>The Perks of a Local Mobile SIM</h2><p>Having a local mobile SIM in Dubai offers several advantages:</p><ul><li>Convenience: You can purchase a SIM card at the airport or various locations throughout the city.</li><li>Affordability: SIM cards in Dubai are reasonably priced.</li><li>Data Plans: Most SIM cards have data plans to keep you connected while exploring.</li><li>Voice and Text: Stay in touch through voice calls and text messages.</li></ul><h2>Tips for Choosing the Right Telecom SIM Card</h2><p>To make an informed decision, follow these tips when selecting a SIM card in Dubai:</p><ul><li>Compare Prices: Different telecom operators offer varying prices for SIM cards and data plans. It’s essential to compare costs before making a purchase.</li><li>Select the Right Data Plan: Choose a data plan that aligns with your internet usage. Opt for smaller plans for occasional use and more extensive data packages for frequent connectivity.</li><li>Check Coverage: Ensure the telecom operator you choose provides good network coverage in the areas you plan to visit.</li></ul><h2>Leading Mobile SIM Providers in Dubai for Tourists</h2><p>Explore these prominent telecom providers tailored for tourists in Dubai :</p><p>Du is a leading telecom operator in the UAE, offering a range of prepaid SIM card packages tailored to tourists. These packages typically include data, local minutes, and international calling options.</p><p>Here is a summary of some of the most popular packages:</p><h2>Call Packages</h2><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 180/month for unlimited calls to all Du and Etisalat numbers in the UAE.</li><li>Flexi: AED 128/month for 1,000 local minutes, AED 1,000 international minutes, and 100 GB of data.</li><li>Basic: AED 66/month for 200 local minutes, 200 international minutes, and 20 GB of data.</li></ul><h2>SMS Packages</h2><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 10/month for unlimited SMS to all Du and Etisalat numbers in the UAE.</li><li>Flexi: AED 10/month for 1,000 local and 1,000 international SMS.</li><li>Basic: AED 5/month for 500 local SMS and 500 international SMS.</li></ul><h2>Internet Packages</h2><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 180/month for unlimited data.</li><li>Flexi: AED 128/month for 100 GB of data.</li><li>Basic: AED 66/month for 20 GB of data.</li></ul><p>Du also offers a variety of add-ons that you can add to your call, SMS, and internet packages. For example, you can add international calls, data, and roaming packs.</p><h2>2. Etisalat</h2><p>Etisalat is another primary telecom provider in Dubai and the UAE. They offer prepaid SIM cards with various data and calling packages suitable for tourists. Etisalat also provides good network coverage throughout the country.</p><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 180/month for unlimited calls to all Etisalat and Du numbers in the UAE.</li><li>Unlimited: AED 10/month for unlimited SMS to all Etisalat and Du numbers in the UAE.</li></ul><p>Etisalat also offers a variety of add-ons that you can add to your call, SMS, and internet packages. For example, you can add international calls, data, and roaming packs.</p><h2>3. Virgin Mobile UAE</h2><p>Virgin Mobile partners with Du and offers mobile services focusing on simplicity and flexibility. Tourists can consider Virgin Mobile for prepaid SIM cards with competitive data and calling packages.</p><p>Here is a summary of some of the most popular Virgin Mobile UAE call, SMS, and internet packages:</p><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 112.50/month for unlimited calls to all Virgin Mobile UAE numbers and 1000 local minutes to all other networks in the UAE.</li><li>Flex 20: AED 20/month for 200 local minutes.</li><li>Flex 50: AED 50/month for 500 local minutes.</li><li>Unlimited: AED 10/month for unlimited SMS to all Virgin Mobile UAE numbers and 1000 local SMS to all other networks in the UAE.</li><li>Flex 20: AED 20/month for 200 local SMS.</li><li>Flex 50: AED 50/month for 500 local SMS.</li><li>Flex 2GB: AED 20/month for 2GB of data.</li><li>Flex 5GB: AED 50/month for 5GB of data.</li></ul><p>Virgin Mobile UAE also offers a variety of add-ons that you can add to your call, SMS, and internet packages. For example, you can add international calls, data, and roaming packs.</p><h2>4. STC (Jawwy)</h2><p>STC operates as Jawwy in the UAE and provides prepaid SIM cards for tourists. They offer various data and calling options, making it convenient for visitors looking for affordable connectivity.</p><p>Here is a summary of some of the most popular STC (Jawwy) call, SMS, and internet packages:</p><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 120/month for unlimited calls to all STC (Jawwy) numbers and 1000 local minutes to all other networks in the UAE.</li><li>Flex 100: AED 100/month for 1000 local minutes.</li><li>Unlimited: AED 10/month for unlimited SMS to all STC (Jawwy) numbers and 1000 local SMS to all other networks in the UAE.</li><li>Flex 100: AED 100/month for 1000 local SMS.</li><li>Flex 10GB: AED 100/month for 10GB of data.</li></ul><p>STC (Jawwy) also offers a variety of add-ons that you can add to your call, SMS, and internet packages.</p><p>SimSim is a brand under Etisalat that offers prepaid SIM cards for tourists. They provide data, local minutes, and international calling options, making them suitable for travelers with diverse communication needs.</p><p>Here is a summary of some of the most popular SimSim call, SMS, and internet packages:</p><ul><li>Unlimited: AED 120/month for unlimited calls to all SimSim numbers and 1000 local minutes to all other networks in the UAE.</li><li>Unlimited: AED 10/month for unlimited SMS to all SimSim numbers and 1000 local SMS to all other networks in the UAE.</li></ul><p>SimSim also offers a variety of add-ons that you can add to your call, SMS, and internet packages.</p><p>Keepgo is a global travel SIM card provider that offers a variety of prepaid data plans for use in over 100 countries, including the UAE.</p><p>Keepgo does not offer call or SMS packages, but you can use your Keepgo data plan to make calls and send SMS messages through apps like Google Voice and TextNow.</p><p>Here are some of the Keepgo data plans available for use in the UAE:</p><ul><li>1GB for 7 days: AED 59</li><li>3GB for 14 days: AED 99</li><li>5GB for 30 days: AED 139</li></ul><p>Keepgo data plans can be purchased online or through the Keepgo app. Once you have purchased a data plan, you will receive a SIM card to insert into your phone. You can then activate your data plan and start using your phone.</p><h2>Buying a SIM Card for Dubai Online</h2><p>Purchasing a SIM card online in advance has become increasingly convenient. Many Dubai telecom providers offer online purchase options, allowing you to choose and activate your SIM card before arrival.</p><p>This can be a great way to save time and hassle, especially if you’re arriving in Dubai late at night or during peak hours. It also allows you to compare prices and plans from different providers to find the best deal.</p><p>How to buy a SIM card online for Dubai:</p><ul><li>Choose a telecom provider and plan.</li><li>Visit the telecom provider’s website and create an account.</li><li>Select the plan you want and add it to your cart.</li><li>Enter your personal and delivery information.</li><li>Pay for your order.</li></ul><h2>Best eSIM Cards for Dubai</h2><p>eSIM cards are gaining popularity as they eliminate the need for physical SIM cards. Some of the best eSIM cards for Dubai offer hassle-free activation and easy switching between mobile plans. They are handy for travelers who prefer the flexibility of eSIM technology.</p><p>eSIM cards are digital SIM cards that are embedded in a device. They offer several advantages over traditional physical SIM cards, including:</p><ul><li>Convenience: eSIM cards can be activated and deactivated remotely without swapping out a physical SIM card.</li><li>Flexibility: eSIM cards allow you to switch between mobile plans easily without changing your physical SIM card.</li><li>Security: eSIM cards are more secure than physical SIM cards, as they are more difficult to clone or counterfeit.</li></ul><p>Here are some of the best eSIM cards for Dubai:</p><ul><li>Airalo: Airalo offers a variety of eSIM data plans for Dubai, starting at just USD 5 for 1GB of data. Airalo plans are valid for 30 days and offer unlimited high-speed data.</li><li>Nomad: Nomad offers a variety of eSIM data plans for Dubai, starting at just USD 22 for 10GB of data. Nomad plans are valid for 30 days and offer unlimited high-speed data.</li><li>Holafly: Holafly offers a variety of eSIM data plans for Dubai, starting at just USD 19 for 5GB of data. Holafly plans are valid for 30 days and offer unlimited high-speed data.</li></ul><p>How to activate an eSIM card in Dubai?</p><p>To activate an eSIM card in Dubai, you will need to:</p><ul><li>Download the eSIM provider’s app.</li><li>Create an account and purchase a data plan.</li><li>Scan the QR code provided by the eSIM provider.</li><li>Follow the on-screen instructions to activate your eSIM card.</li></ul><h2>Mobile Internet Providers in the UAE</h2><p>Dubai and the UAE have two major mobile internet providers: Etisalat and Du. Both companies offer a range of prepaid and postpaid data plans and eSIM cards.</p><p>Etisalat is the largest telecom provider in the UAE and offers a variety of data plans, ranging from 1GB to 100GB per month. Etisalat also provides many value-added services, such as free-roaming in select countries and unlimited access to specific websites and apps.</p><p>Du is the second-largest telecom provider in the UAE and offers various data plans similar to Etisalat. Du also provides many value-added services, such as free data for social media and streaming apps.</p><p>Factors to consider when choosing the right data plan:</p><p>When choosing a mobile internet data plan in the UAE, there are a few factors to consider:</p><p>Data allowance: Consider how much data you expect to use during your trip. If you use your phone heavily for navigation, social media, and streaming, choose a plan with a higher data allowance.</p><p>Price: Compare prices from different providers to find the best deal.</p><p>Value-added services: Consider the value-added services that each provider offers. For example, if you plan on traveling to other countries, choose a plan that provides free roaming.</p><h2>Where to Buy a Dubai Prepaid SIM Card?</h2><p>You can purchase a prepaid SIM card at various locations in Dubai, including airports and local retailers.</p><h2>Visitor SIM Card Validity Period</h2><p>Visitor SIM cards in Dubai come with varying validity periods. Check the duration to ensure it covers your entire stay. Extensions may also be available if needed.</p><h2>International Calling Add-Ons</h2><p>Dubai’s mobile operators offer international calling add-ons for travelers who need to make international calls. They are cost-effective and easy to use, making staying in touch with loved ones abroad a breeze.</p><p>Here are some of the benefits of using international calling add-ons:</p><p>Save money: International calling add-ons can save you a lot on international calls, especially if you make many international calls.</p><p>Flexibility: They offer various flexible options to choose an add-on that best meets your needs.</p><p>Convenience: International calling add-ons are easy to use and can be activated and deactivated with simple steps.</p><p>Here are some tips for choosing an international calling add-on:</p><p>Consider your needs: How many international calls do you make each month? What countries or regions do you typically call?</p><p>Compare packages: There are a variety of international calling add-ons available, so be sure to compare the different add-ons to find the one that best meets your needs.</p><p>Read the terms and conditions: Before purchasing an international calling add-on, read the terms and conditions carefully. This will help you understand the add-on details, such as the data cap, the roaming charges, and the cancellation policy.</p><p>Share, Connect, and Explore!</p><p>Dubai’s vibrant experiences await, and with a local SIM in hand, you can confidently navigate the city, share your adventures, and stay connected with friends and family worldwide. Happy travels!</p><h2>Can a Tourist Get a SIM card in Dubai?</h2><p>Acquiring a SIM card in Dubai is a rapid and straightforward procedure. Travelers aged 18 and above can receive a free Tourism SIM card from the telecommunications provider du. But first, you must pass through immigration at Dubai International Airport.</p><h2>Which SIM Card is Best for Tourists in UAE?</h2><p>For tourists in the UAE, both Etisalat and DU are popular choices, offering specific tourist SIM cards with various plans that include data, call, and messaging options. You may choose the SIM card that’s perfect for your stay in the UAE by comparing their services to your tastes and demands.</p><h2>How Can I Get Internet in Dubai for Tourists?</h2><p>Toggle ContentEtisalat offers the Visitor Line plan, while du provides the Visitor Mobile Line and Tourist Plan specifically designed for visitors. These plans offer a range of options for local and international calls, text messaging, and internet usage. Travelers in the UAE can conveniently purchase these plans at Etisalat or du outlets situated at various airports across the country.</p><h2>Can I Buy a Sim Card as a Tourist?</h2><p>Tourists can easily purchase SIM cards in the UAE, making it convenient to stay connected during your trip. Anyone who has entered the nation over 18 is welcome to pick these up for free.</p><h2>Where Can I Get a Free Tourist SIM in Dubai?</h2><p>Get a Free Tourist SIM at Dubai airports. Request your complimentary du SIM card at the immigration counter, and enjoy a bonus of 1 GB of welcome data at no cost.</p><h2>How Long is Tourist Sim Card Valid in UAE?</h2><p>The complimentary SIM card is good for a maximum of 90 days or until you depart the nation, depending on how long your visa is valid.</p><h2>How Much is a SIM Card in Dubai for Tourists?</h2><p>Tourists can get a SIM card in the UAE at 30 AED to 99 AED. The price varies based on free calling, Wi-Fi, and internet plans.</p><h2>Which Mobile Network is Cheaper in Dubai?</h2><p>Du and Etisalat are equally good. Du is cheaper compared to Etisalat.</p><h2>Can I Buy a SIM Card Without an Emirates ID?</h2><p>Yes, even without an Emirates ID, visitors to the UAE can purchase a SIM card.</p><h2>Which is Better, Du or Etisalat?</h2><p>Etisalat is the outright winner of the Availability award, scoring 98.3%. This means that our Etisalat users spent the largest time connected to 3G, 4G, or 5G. Du comes second with a score of 97.9% — less than 0.5 percentage points behind the winner’s score.</p><h2>What is the Etisalat Visitor Line?</h2><p>The Etisalat Visitor Line is a special plan designed for tourists visiting the UAE. It aims to provide convenience and connectivity to tourists, allowing them to stay connected with friends and family and access essential services while in the UAE.</p><h2>What is a Tourist SIM Card?</h2><p>You may connect to a local network in many different places worldwide using a travel SIM card. By doing this, you may avoid paying astronomical roaming costs that your local carrier or operator might impose when you are overseas.</p><h2>Can I Get Internet Without Emirates ID?</h2><p>To access the internet, you must have your original Emirates ID. If an Emirates ID is unavailable, you need an Ejari-registered tenancy contract or title deed with your name and physical address. One can also access the internet with a Passport, including a residence visa.</p><h2>Can I Get a SIM Card on a Visit Visa?</h2><p>Travelers aged 18 and above are eligible to receive a free Tourism SIM card from the telecom operator du upon passing through immigration at Dubai International Airport. This complimentary offer is available for individuals with transit visas, visit visas, visas on arrival, and GCC citizens. It provides them with 1GB of mobile data at no cost, valid for 24 hours.</p><h2>How Do I Buy a Local SIM When Traveling?</h2><p>If you plan to stay in one location for an extended period, you have the option to buy your travel SIM at the airport upon arrival in the UAE.</p><h2>Can I Get a SIM in Dubai Without an Emirates ID?</h2><p>Yes, you can get a SIM in Dubai without an Emirates ID. Tourist SIM cards are available at airports and kiosks.</p><h2>How to Buy a Local SIM Card in Dubai?</h2><p>Buying a local SIM card is easy. Get a free tourist SIM upon arrival with basic data. You can also purchase one at kiosks with various data/call plans.</p><h2>Can I Get a SIM card With my Passport in UAE?</h2><p>Yes, you can get a SIM card with your passport in UAE. Tourist SIMs require passport registration.</p><h2>Which SIM Has the Highest Validity?</h2><p>Validity varies by provider and plan. Some last 24 hours (free), others for weeks or months.</p><h2>Which SIM Card is Fast?</h2><p>Speed depends on network coverage and plan. Both Etisalat and du offer good coverage and fast speeds.</p><h2>What is the Validity of Etisalat Tourist Sim?</h2><p>Etisalat Tourist SIM validity depends on the plan. Some are valid for 7-14 days, others for 28 days.</p><h2>Can I Have 2 SIM Cards in UAE?</h2><p>Yes, you can have 2 SIM cards in UAE. No limit for tourists, residents might have restrictions.</p><h2>How Much Does a SIM Card Cost in UAE?</h2><p>Costs vary by provider and plan. Expect to pay AED 20-300 depending on data/calls.</p><h2>Can Foreigners Buy a SIM Card in Dubai?</h2><p>Yes, foreigners can buy tourist SIM cards in Dubai.</p><p>Tourist SIMs often cost AED 20-40 with basic data. More data/call plans cost more. Tourists can also get a free SIM Card at the UAE airport.</p><h2>What Documents Are Required for Sim Card Dubai?</h2><p>A passport is the primary document required for tourist SIMs. Some providers might ask for travel details.</p><p><center><img style=

Best E-Sim Cards for Traveling to Dubai in 2024

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Are you planning a trip to Dubai and looking for the best tourist e-sim card for the UAE to stay connected? This is a complete guide with everything you need to know about using an e-sim card for traveling to Dubai including a comparison of the best Dubai e-sim cards for 2024.

Don’t waste money on high roaming charges, read my recommendations below and order an e-sim card for the UAE on the internet and get connected in just a couple minutes. Below you will find up to date prices as per April 2024 and all specifications per e-sim card.

This guide will show you where and when to order an e-sim card for Dubai, a comparison with local prepaid sim cards for Dubai and of course links to directly order your e-sim card for traveling to Dubai online.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

In October 2023 the UAE Telecom Regulator sent all online e-sim card providers a "Cease and Desist" letter demanding to stop all domestic sales of e-sim cards in the UAE. Therefore as of November 2023 you are unable to buy an e-sim card if you are already in Dubai.

Therefore Traveltomtom recommends you to buy your e-sim card for Dubai before you board your flight to the UAE.

In case you already arrived in Dubai and still want to buy an e-sim card then your IP Address from the UAE will prevent you from ordering an e-sim card on the internet.

There is a very easy way around this and that is by using a VPN.

Already since 2012 I am traveling the world full time and eventually turned my passion for traveling into a lifestyle and became a full time nomadic travel blogger . That is why I constantly get to a different country and pretty much every week I need to look for a new sim card to stay connected. 

In 2022 I visited 62 different countries and in 2023 I traveled to 34 countries so imagine how many different prepaid and e-sim cards I used the last two years.

In the past I used to buy a local prepaid sim card on arrival in every country, but nowadays I mostly use e-sim cards to stay connected when traveling to the UAE.

Helping other travelers to save money while traveling the world is one of the reasons I started this travel blog. Providing essential travel tips is what made me start writing sim card guides from every country I visited and now on Traveltomtom you can already find more than 200 sim card guides from all over the world.

Of course Traveltomtom also wrote a complete guide for buying a prepaid sim card for Dubai including all info about buying a Dubai tourist sim card at the airport on arrival.

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Recently Traveltomtom also started writing specific and in-depth guides for buying e-sim cards: USA , Canada , Asia , China , Thailand , Indonesia , Hong Kong , Malaysia , Egypt , Turkey ,  Europe , Italy , France , Spain , Germany , Greece , international e-sim cards and many more.

So next time you are planning your adventure abroad come check out Traveltomtom for the latest prepaid sim card and e-sim card advice for your holiday destination.

In this Dubai e-sim card guide I will show you a comparison of all the e-sim card plans for tourists with up to date prices as per April 2024.

After I will explain how e-sim cards work, more about the network coverage and 4G/5G data speed, some FAQ about e-sim cards, the difference between e-sim cards and local prepaid sim cards in Dubai and everything else you need to know about using e-sim cards when traveling to Dubai.

Let me start with giving you my e-sim card recommendation for Dubai. These are my favorite e-sim cards for traveling to Dubai in 2024.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends the following two e-sim cards for traveling to Dubai in 2024: 

1. eSIM Go e-sim card from Nomad for $22 USD

  • 10 GB data-only e-sim
  • Valid in UAE only
  • Valid for 30 days
  • Only $2.20 USD per Gigabyte

2. Holiday World eSIM for $39.90 USD

  • Valid in 112 countries
  • Valid for 14 days
  • $3.99 USD per Gigabyte

The best value tourist e-sim card for Dubai are clearly the Nomad e-sim cards for the UAE. They have more e-sim card plans and they go down as much as $2.2 USD per Gigabyte.

Traveltomtom tested the Nomad e-sim card on my very recent trip to Dubai and it did not disappoint. Here is the outcome of a data speed test.

nomad dubai esim data speed

It clearly shows that the Nomad e-sim card for Dubai is working on 5G with fast download speed. The upload speed could have been a bit faster, but this is just a moment in time. In general I was very satisfied with the Nomad e-sim card traveling in the UAE.

A good second best is the Orange Holiday World eSIM offered by SimOptions. Their e-sim card for Dubai is more expensive though, but this e-sim card is valid in 112 countries around the world. 

Traveltomtom has in general always very good experiences with SimOptions. 

Both e-sim cards are data-only e-sim cards and incoming and outgoing calls or sms are not supported. 

Is Dubai one of your stops on a trip to Asia then you can also look into getting an e-sim card for traveling in Asia . There are more e-sim cards that cover multiple countries.

There are 2 very important things to check before ordering an e-sim card for Dubai or in general before using an e-sim card.

Unlocked phones only

Make sure your phone is unlocked. E-sim cards only work in unlocked phones. If you are not sure if your phone is unlocked then contact your mobile internet provider in your home country.

In general phones from Europe, Asia and the Middle East tend to be unlocked. Phones from North America are often locked.

If your smartphone is locked that means it does not allow another prepaid sim card or e-sim card to operate in the device. You can easily unlock your phone, but depending on your mobile internet provider you will be charged a fee for unlocking your phone. 

E-sim compatible phones only

Second, and equally important: e-sim cards only work if your smartphone supports e-sim cards, also called e-sim compatible. All newer smartphones support e-sim cards. If you are not sure if your phone is e-sim compatible then simply go to Google and type in your mobile phone model in the search bar and ask if it is e-sim compatible. You will get the answer instantly.

If your phone is NOT e-sim compatible then there is no other solution and you can NOT use an e-sim card for traveling to Dubai.

However, you can still order a sim card for Dubai on the internet before your trip. Check out Traveltomtom’s complete guide for buying a prepaid sim card for Dubai in 2024  or find out everything you need to know about international sim cards for traveling abroad in 2024 .

Comparison of the best e-sim cards for Dubai

Buying an e-sim card on arrival in Dubai is still not possible for tourists. As per April 2024 Du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile still only provide physical prepaid sim cards for tourists.

But luckily there are multiple e-sim providers on the internet that sell e-sim cards for Dubai and actually even give you more value for money. 

Traveltomtom recommends ordering an e-sim card for traveling in Dubai from one of the well-known e-sim card providers that have proven to be reliable operators. 

These are the 3 big e-sim card providers and they sell great e-sim card plans for Dubai. They are tested and reviewed multiple times by Traveltomtom: 

Nowadays, you can buy an e-sim card for pretty much every country around the world. Order directly from one of the above e-sim card providers and instantly receive your e-sim card in your email. But before you buy an e-sim card first read all my tips below. 

SimOptions is the only e-sim provider that also offers international prepaid sim cards for Dubai . These are pre-activated physical prepaid sim cards and will be delivered to your home address before your trip to Dubai and it is plug and play when you arrive in the Dubai. 

Airalo and Nomad only sell e-sim cards for Dubai. 

Airalo is a very reputable e-sim card provider that is very much recommended by Traveltomtom. Ordering your e-sim card for Dubai through Airalo is done fast and easy. Traveltomtom has used Airalo uncountable times for staying connected when traveling abroad. Very reliable, never an issue and often some of the cheapest e-sim card deals. 

Airalo is normally one of my top recommendations but the Airalo e-sim card plans for Dubai are simply much more expensive compared to SimOptions and Nomad.

airalo esim card plans for dubai 2024

Here are Dubai e-sim card plans from Airalo for 2024:

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $8.5 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $22.5 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $35 USD

Click here to order an e-sim card for Dubai from Airalo .

The Airalo e-sim cards for Dubai are from Burj Mobile and operate on the 4G/LTE network of Etisalat. Unfortunately the Airalo Burj Mobile e-sim cards for Dubai are not 5G ready, although there is 5G everywhere in Dubai.

In pretty much all the amazing places to visit in Dubai you will find a 4G/LTE signal tho and the data speed is very good. 

For more info about the best 4G/5G network in Dubai check my complete guide for the best prepaid sim card for tourists in Dubai in 2024 , including network coverage maps of all the mobile internet providers.

All the Airalo e-sim cards are data-only sim cards without a phone number, so any phone/sms service is NOT supported. An Airalo e-sim card has to be installed within 1 month and after activation the credit validity starts when it connects the first time to a supported network. For more info check out the Airalo website . 

SimOptions is a very reliable e-sim card provider and Traveltomtom has used SimOptions uncountable times in more than 50 countries around the world. I can totally recommend using SimOptions for ordering an e-sim card.

Why using SimOptions? When it comes to Dubai e-sim cards SimOptions has much better e-sim card plans than Airalo and is therefore also recommended as one of the best e-sim cards for tourists traveling to Dubai.

simoptions esim card plans for dubai 2024

Here are the SimOptions data-only e-sim card plans for Dubai for 2024: 

  • 1 GB data for 30 days = $8.90 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $21.90 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $34.90 USD
  • 10 GB data for 14 days = $39.90 USD
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $59.90 USD

Click here to order a SimOptions e-sim card for Dubai .

Apart from the Orange Holiday World eSIM the SimOptions e-sim cards for the UAE are from their own brand. Unfortunately SimOptions doesn’t specify which mobile network operator they use  in Dubai they use but none of these international e-sim cards for the UAE are 5G ready, so the max data speed on these Dubai e-sim cards from SimOptions is 4G/LTE.

The Orange Holiday World eSIM is different from the other SimOptions e-sims. This international e-sim card is valid in 124 countries, including the UAE.

All the e-sim cards for Dubai  that you can order via SimOptions do NOT come with a phone number and they do not offer incoming/outgoing calls or sms services. The validity of these e-sim cards is 1 year and the credit validity starts instantly after installing the e-sim card, even if you are not in Dubai. For more info check the SimOptions website .

Last but not least there is Nomad and actually Nomad has the cheapest Dubai e-sim card plans for tourists. 

On my last trip to Dubai I also used a Nomad e-sim card and was surprised that they were even 5G ready. Nomad has the best e-sim card deals for Dubai.

nomad esim card plans for dubai 2024

Here are the Nomad e-sim card plans for Dubai: 

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $8 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $11 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $13 USD
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $22 USD 

Click here to order an e-sim card for Dubai from Nomad .

The Nomad e-sim cards for Dubai are from Joytel. These data-only e-sim cards from Joytel are 5G ready in the UAEand they use the mobile data network of Etisalat. Incoming and outgoing calls and sms are NOT supported.

As I mentioned, Nomad has the best value e-sim cards for Dubai and they go as low as $2.2 USD per Gigabyte. Which is even much better compared to local prepaid sim cards for Dubai, because you will pay around $4 USD per Gigabyte.

Another reason why Traveltomtom recommends ordering an e-sim card over buying a sim card in Dubai on arrival.

nomad dubai esim card specifications

The Nomad Dubai e-sim cards have to be installed on your phone within 30 days and after installation its validity starts when it connects for the first time to a supported network in Dubai. Basically when the plane lands. For more info check the Nomad website .

Why did Traveltomtom already used more than 100s of e-sim cards? I told you before that I travel full time and I am on the road constantly. Pretty much every week I need another sim card to stay connected, on average I use about 40 to 50 prepaid and e-sim cards per year.

In fact Traveltomtom is based in Dubai, well, the company, not myself! Therefore I visit Dubai about 3-4 times per year. My last trip to Dubai was in November 2023.

What is the cheapest e-sim card for Dubai?

cheapest esim card for dubai 2024

The cheapest e-sim card for Dubai is a Nomad e-sim card for just $8 USD , it will give you 1 GB data for 7 days. Airalo has a similar offer but charges $8.5 USD. These e-sims are only valid in Dubai and do not support calling and texting. 

Why ordering an e-sim card for traveling in Dubai

E-sim cards are the easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Dubai in 2024 and you can arrange everything online in just a couple clicks. No more visiting a sim card shop and swapping physical sim cards. Order online, scan the QR code, follow the steps and you are connected in less than 2 minutes.

The most important reason to get an e-sim card is because we would like to stay connected on our trip to Dubai without wasting money on high roaming costs. Our smartphones are pretty useless without a working data connection. Think about ordering a taxi through an app, finding nearby friends, restaurants and bars. Get directions from Google Maps or simply staying in touch with family back home, check your social media apps on long bus rides or your banking apps when paying contactless.

One of the best things about arriving in Dubai with an activated e-sim card is that you are online as soon as the plane lands. More about when to instal your e-sim card later.

There are so many reasons to stay connected when traveling to Dubai, but the most important reason is that it makes your trip to Dubai so much more convenient and fun!

At the same time we don’t want to waste money on high roaming charges. Many mobile internet operators still charge $3 USD per MB for data roaming, that means just opening the Instagram app will already cost you 20 MB * $3 USD = $60 USD! Not kidding… it still is very common in 2024. 

E-sim cards are the easiest way to avoid high roaming charges!

Overseas data roaming plans

So what about overseas data roaming plans? Well, not recommended! Why? Did you read the small letters at what data speed you can use data roaming? Pretty much all mobile internet operators limit the data speed for overseas data roaming plans, which means you end up with 3G data speed. Do you have the patience to handle 3G? It is frustrating when all around you at pretty  much every amazing tourist destinations in Dubai there is already 5G available. 

Uncountable times (mostly American) travel friends have asked me: “can I use your hotspot? My data roaming plan is so slow, it is barely working!” Trust me, get yourself an e-sim card or an international prepaid sim card for traveling to Dubai. Spend a couple dollars extra and be connected all the time instead of begging for WiFi or a hotspot from friends.

Where to buy an e-sim card for Dubai?

You can only buy an e-sim card for Dubai on the internet through an e-sim card provider. There are multiple e-sim card providers for Dubai. Traveltomtom compared 6 e-sim card providers and concluded that the above mentioned ones ( SimOptions , Airalo and Nomad ) are the best e-sim card providers for traveling to Dubai in 2024.

When buying an e-sim card for Dubai through one of the above recommended e-sim providers you only need your email address and the e-sim card is instantly ready to use after installation. Only the Airalo e-sim cards now require an ID check, Nomad and SimOptions do not require an ID verification.

On arrival in Dubai

There are 2 main mobile internet provider in Dubai: Du and Etisalat. On top of these operators there is also Virgin Mobile, a so-called MVNO.

As per April 2024 Du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile still do NOT offer e-sim cards for tourists, but only physical prepaid sim cards.

For more info about buying a prepaid sim card for tourists in Dubai in 2024  click on the link to read my complete guide and comparison of all the mobile internet providers in Dubai, including a comparison of the 4G/5G network.

Flying into the UAE and landing in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai international airport then you can buy a tourist sim card for Dubai on arrival at the airport, but only physical prepaid sim cards for tourists are provided, there are no e-sim cards for tourists. 

The easy thing is that tourist sim card prices are the same in every store around Dubai, no special tourist prices at the airport.

When to order/activate an e-sim card for Dubai?

You can order an e-sim card for Dubai pretty much any time you want. Most e-sim cards have to be installed on a phone within 1 month after purchasing, some even within 1 year, so you have time.

More important therefore is when do you instal/activate the e-sim card. The validity of some e-sims start straight after the installation, other e-sim cards only start their validity when they connect the first time to a supported network.

Traveltomtom advices to instal your e-sim card on the day of departure to Dubai or before. When in Dubai you will need an internet connection to instal your e-sim card. Pretty much every international airport in the UAE has free WiFi so you could use that to install your e-sim card. Just make sure it is a stable internet connection and therefore Traveltomtom advices you to install/activate your e-sim card in your home country. 

So my personal advice is to instal your e-sim card for Dubai before you get into the plane and as soon as the plane lands you will already be connected without any problems.

How do I know all this? Officially Traveltomtom is based and registered in Dubai and obviously I have to travel through Dubai multiple times a year. And guess what, I always use an e-sim card to stay connected, simply because it is cheaper.

For more info about my experiences buying a sim card at Dubai International Airport check out my vlog on YouTube .

Or for more detailed info about the best prepaid sim cards for Dubai , check out my complete guide in the link.

How to activate an e-sim card

Installing and activating an e-sim card is made as simple as possible. Everyone can activate an e-sim card and the instructions on how to are very detailed and will be send to you instantly by email. But wait, it gets even easier. Just scan the QR code.

When you order an e-sim card plan for Dubai you instantly receive a summery of your order including a QR-code after the payment is processed. 

You will see a summary of your e-sim card order including a QR code on your screen and at the same time you will also receive an email with the same QR code. The email contains instructions on how to instal and activate your Dubai e-sim card.

But installing an activating an e-sim card is as easy as scanning the QR code with the same phone where you want to activate the e-sim card on. The QR contains all the information about your Dubai e-sim card.

Once you scan the code you will be guided through a couple simple steps and within less than 1 minute your e-sim card is successfully installed.

Very important is that you are connected to the internet when installing your e-sim card otherwise you will get an error and issues can occur.

Tip: if you order an e-sim card with the same phone where you want to instal the e-sim card on then ask a friend or someone nearby to take a photo of the QR code and then you scan the QR code from his/her phone and start the installation.

Things to know before ordering an e-sim card for Dubai

Here are some general tips for using e-sim cards when traveling abroad. These tips do not only apply for Dubai e-sim cards, but are things you have to know before buying an e-sim card in general.

Make sure your phone is unlocked

To make sure you didn’t miss this, let me say this again: e-sim cards only work in UNLOCKED phones. If your phone is unlocked then you can use any e-sim card without any problems. 

If your phone is locked then ask your mobile internet provider from your home country to unlock your phone before your trip to Dubai. It is likely that your mobile internet provider will charge you a fee for unlocking your smartphone. 

If you are unable to unlock your phone you can look into getting a portable WiFi for staying connected when traveling to Dubai or better… bring a second unlocked phone on your trip to Dubai and use it as a portable WiFi device. 

Which smartphones support e-sim cards?

Another very important thing you have to check before buying an e-sim card is if your smartphone supports e-sim cards. If you have any of the latest smartphones then there is no need to worry, all new smartphones of the well known brands support e-sim cards. 

The fastest way to find out if your phone is e-sim compatible is by asking Google the question: is my (your phone model) e-sim compatible? Simple as that! 

Can I trust these e-sim card providers?

All the e-sim card providers for Dubai recommended above ( SimOptions , Airalo and Nomad ) are reputable e-sim card providers reviewed and tested by Traveltomtom. All of them are licensed third party companies and resellers that partner or work directly with the mobile internet providers in Dubai.

Traveltomtom has successfully partnered for several consecutive years with SimOptions and Airalo. Nomad is a fairly new partner of Traveltomtom, but has so far proven to be a reliable e-sim card provider as well. All e-sim card providers have their own Helpdesk which you can contact may you encounter any problems or in case you want to claim a refund. 

Traveltomtom does NOT sell Dubai e-sim cards, only RECOMMENDS you to use e-sim cards for traveling to the United Arab Emirates. 

Can I keep my phone number from home with a Dubai e-sim card?

Yes, you can and this is for many people a reason to order an e-sim card to stay connected when traveling to Dubai. An e-sim card can be used next to your physical or e-sim card from your home country at the same time. You do not need a dual-sim phone for using an e-sim card. 

So you can have multiple e-sim cards installed on your phone? Yes, no problem at all! 

For example: you can turn off the mobile data from your sim card from home but still use it for texting and calling. Your new Dubai e-sim card you can be used at the same time just for data to ensure you are not wasting money on high roaming costs.

This is also the trick to keep receiving sms for example for OTP (one time password) sms to login to applications.

Switching between physical and e-sim cards is a matter of turning them on/off in the settings. Just always make sure your sim card from home is switched off for data roaming. 

Can I make phone calls with a Dubai tourist e-sim card?

No, unfortunately there are no Dubai e-sim cards for tourists available on the internet that include calling and texting. All the e-sim cards from  SimOptions , Airalo and Nomad are data-only e-sim cards and any incoming/outgoing calls/sms are not supported. 

Does a Dubai e-sim card come with a phone number?

No, none of the Dubai e-sim cards that you can buy on the internet come with a phone number which also means you can not receive any phone calls or sms.

In the above Dubai e-sim card comparison you can find all the specifications per e-sim card.

Can I use 5G on a Dubai e-sim card?

Yes, the Joytel e-sim cards from Nomad are 5G ready and I lately tested it on my trip to Dubai and I enjoyed a 5G signal pretty much everywhere and data speed was above 100 Mbps most of the time.

Not only are Nomad e-sim cards the cheapest Dubai tourist e-sim card deals but also the best ones for data speed. Click here to order a Nomad e-sim card for Dubai .

Are there e-sim cards for Dubai with unlimited data?

None of the by Traveltomtom recommended Germany e-sim cards for tourists include unlimited data.

Even if you would come across e-sim card providers that offer e-sim cards for Dubai with unlimited data then make sure the unlimited data is on max data speed. Mostly the data speed is capped after you used X amount of Gigabytes. 

Holafly is an e-sim card provider that sells e-sim cards with unlimited data for the UAE, but does NOT specify what is the exact so-called Fair Use Policy (FUP).

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend Dubai e-sim cards with unlimited data plans. There are always restrictions. And on Holafly sim cards I experienced a reduce in data speed after using more than 2 GB per day. After I contacted support they explained me that I had to wait for 24 hours until my data speed was restored to normal. 

Those 24 hours were a nightmare as my data speed was barely enough to use WhatsApp. Social media was not even loading! 

Again, Traveltomtom does NOT recommend e-sim cards for Dubai with unlimited data. But if you think you will never use more than 2 GB per day, then this might be your favorite e-sim card.

The Nomad e-sim cards for Dubai with 10 GB data provide sufficient data in general for a trip to Dubai and there is no real need for an e-sim card with unlimited data unless you want to upload your whole camera roll to Google Drive or iCloud via 4G instead of WiFi.

There are a lot of different specifications per e-sim card. Another reason why I advice you to take a close at my comparison of the best e-sim cards for traveling to UAE in 2024 before choosing your favorite. 

Are e-sim cards the best way to stay connected when traveling to Dubai?

E-sim cards are the easiest and fastest way to get data on your phone when traveling to Dubai, but what is the best way? 

There are 3 ways to stay connected when traveling to Dubai: 

Local prepaid sim cards

International prepaid sim cards, e-sim cards.

Let’s compare e-sim cards, local prepaid sim cards and international prepaid sim cards, for you to find out what is your preferred way of staying connected.

Normally if you use a lot of data local prepaid sim cards are a cheaper way to stay connected, but not in the UAE. Data is ridiculously expensive in Dubai and there is pretty much no competition. Du and Etisalat are the main mobile internet operators and they offer the exact same prices for data packages.

Local prepaid sim cards for tourists can only be purchased on arrival in Dubai in a phone store or at the airport and NOT on the internet.

More info about the  best Dubai sim cards for tourists can be found in my complete guide for buying a tourist sim card in Dubai in 2024. 

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If your smartphone is not e-sim compatible you can order an international prepaid sim card for traveling to Dubai. Some of them are great for Dubai as well as in all other countries in for example Europe, Americas and Asia and you can easily order them online. 

A pre-activated physical sim card will be delivered to your home address before your trip. You put this physical sim card in your phone and as soon as the plane touches the ground and the sim card connects to a supported network you are online. Plug and play! 

Click here to order an international prepaid sim card for Dubai directly online .

If after visiting Dubai you are traveling onwards in Asia then check Traveltomtom’s list of the best sim cards for traveling internationally in 2024  or the best Asia tourist sim cards in 2024 .

As explained throughout the article there are two different e-sim cards:

  • E-sim cards that you buy on the internet through a third party
  • E-sim cards that you buy in Dubai in a mobile internet provider store

However, as of April 2024 e-sim cards are still not available for prepaid tourist sim cards in Dubai. Only people with an Emirates ID are able to get an e-sim card. 

Traveltomtom personally shopped around in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to find out if e-sim cards were available for tourists and the answer is: NO! 

On arrival at the international airports in the UAE they only sell physical prepaid sim cards for tourists.

Read all about it in my detailed guide about buying a sim card at Abu Dhabi Airport or if you are interested in watching a vlog about my arrival and buying a sim card at Abu Dhabi Airport then check out my YouTube video .

There is also a vlog about my arrival and buying a sim card at Dubai Airport on my YouTube Channel. 

E-sim cards vs. local prepaid sim cards

Getting an e-sim card is the easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Dubai, no doubt! You arrange everything online within just a couple clicks. Right here, right now and you are all set for your trip to Dubai. You arrive prepared and there is no need to visit a sim card shop on arrival in Dubai. As soon as the plane lands, you are online.

But what is cheaper? An e-sim card or a local prepaid sim card for tourists?

When we compare the best Dubai e-sim cards for tourists with local prepaid sim cards for Dubai, it is an easy conclusion that the Nomad e-sim cards are even cheaper than local prepaid sim cards. 

The Joytel e-sim cards from Nomad go down as much as $2.2 USD per Gigabyte. The physical prepaid sim card plans for tourists from Du and Etisalat will charge you more than $4 USD per Gigabyte.

Dubai has so called tourist sim cards specially designed for non-residents. Prices for prepaid sim cards start from 49 AED which is around $13 USD, but you only get 2 GB data. If you want a prepaid sim card with 8 GB data that will cost you around $34 USD. 

For more info check out my article about the best prepaid sim cards for tourists in Dubai in 2024 . 

After a long flight you just want to go to your hotel and it is often a big task to go to a sim card store and get connected. With e-sim cards you buy on the internet you are connected as soon as the plane lands. For this convenience Traveltomtom definitely recommends to order one of the listed best e-sim cards for Dubai in the comparison above.

Many reasons why a lot of travelers simply get an e-sim card for Dubai. Faster, easier, less stress and even cheaper depending on how much data you need.

Another difference between a local prepaid sim card and an e-sim card is that e-sim cards are often through a third party, a so called MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). These MVNO’s operate on the network of one of the main mobile internet operators and basically buy bandwidth.

This may sound a little bit too technical, but what it means is that e-sim cards through an MVNO are the last ones in line when the line is busy. Especially during peak times, the performance of an e-sim cards is less compared to a local prepaid sim card from a mobile internet operator.

Bottomline: the data speed of e-sim cards can be less compared to a local prepaid Dubai sim card.

I am sure some of the above tips for finding the best e-sim card for your trip to Dubai were helpful. I hope that after reading through my comparison, tips and tricks it was easier to make a decision and order your e-sim card for Dubai right away. 

If you still have any questions about e-sim cards then please leave me a comment below. I promise I will try to reply instantly and I am more than happy to help you out finding the best way for you to stay connected.

Curious what the life of a full time nomadic traveler looks like? Go check out my 610K Instagram account or 1.2 Million TikTok account both called @traveltomtom. Follow along with daily updates from around the world about the good, the bad and the ugly about traveling.

Traveltomtom is on the road to 197, meaning I would like to travel to every country in the world . As of April 2024 I have visited more than 155 countries, still about 40 to go, but no rush.

Enjoy your trip to Dubai!

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Best Dubai SIM Card for Tourists (2023) – Plans and Offers

Are you travelling to the UAE? If yes, this blog post can help you get a free tourist SIM card in Dubai. There are currently two largest telecom networks in the UAE, of which one is Etisalat, the second is DU, and the third is Virgin, which is a virtual network. Both networks have budget-friendly plans for visitors and residents. If you go to the UAE for 30 days, 15 days, or any other period, you must compare SIM card prices and plans.

Both companies provide free SIM cards at the airport in Dubai, UAE . There are some limitations to free SIM cards that you should know about. If your flight arrives at any other airport, like Sharjah, excluding Dubai, then you will lose the free SIM card offer.

How to Get a FREE SIM card in UAE Dubai Etisalat or DU

People travelling to the UAE find it difficult to decide which SIM card is best for them. Because they have to call at the airport and inquire about their family’s well-being, they need a SIM with a limit on calls. Etisalat’s Unlimited international calling plans can help you connect with your friends and family cheaply.

DU FREE SIM Card Offer UAE

DU FREE SIM Card Offer UAE - Tourist Plans and Offers

DU offers Free SIM cards at the Dubai Airport and on its official website. Travellers can easily book DU SIM cards online by visiting the DU tourist page. With the Free DU Tourist SIM, users will get 1 GB of Free internet data that can be used for 28 days.

DU SIM CARD PREPAID PACKAGES

Customers will get 2GB of data and 30 Flexi minutes with the Du Tourist SIM. Customers must pay 49 AED for this plan because the SIM card is FREE.

DU Tourist SIM 6GB Data Offer

If customers want more internet, they have to choose one of the other plans. In the second plan, Users will get 6GB of data, 30 free Flexi minutes, and free internet calling for 99 AED, including 5% VAT, for 28 days.

Facebook and WhatsApp are banned in the UAE, so you cannot use them. In the UAE, Botim and C’me apps are mostly used. DU offers free, unlimited voice and video calls on Botim and C’me.

DU Tourist SIM 10GB Data Offer

Customers can get the 10GB data offer on a DU tourist SIM card for more data. Because SIM cards are free, you have to pay only plan charges. With the DU 10GB data offer, travellers will get 10GB of data, 30 Flexi Minutes, and unlimited free internet calling. The cost of the 10GB plan is AED 139.

20GB Data Offer

The DU Tourist SIM 20GB data plan price is AED 189, including VAT. With this plan, users will receive 20GB of data, 30 Flexi minutes for voice calls, and free unlimited internet calling on Botim and the C’me app. This plan is valid for 28 days, and users can reactivate the same plan after recharging AED 189.

DU Unlimited Internet Plan on Tourist SIM

People who download a lot need an unlimited internet plan. The unlimited data plan on the DU SIM is priced at 299 AED. The validity of this plan is only ten days, after which users will have to reactivate a plan to use the internet. There are no Flexi minutes for calling, but you will get unlimited free internet calling for ten days. Customers do not need to activate the Du social package to call.

If you have come to stay in Dubai for a few days, you should choose a 6 GB data plan. There are no free calls in the tour plan for calling abroad, but there are free calling plans. It allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones all the time through the Botim or C’me apps.

Etisalat UAE Tourist SIM Card Plans and Prices

Etisalat tourist SIM card details price and compare

Etisalat is used in many countries around the world. This network is widely used in Dubai. People from abroad prefer Etisalat Dubai, UAE, as it offers various packages.

Etisalat’s Tourist Plan offers free calls, messages, and Dubai Wi-Fi. When customers buy a new Etisalat SIM, they get free internet calling , allowing them to stay in touch with their loved ones through Botim and other supported apps. Etisalat UAE internet packages are available at all prices. The user can create and activate packages for 1 day, 5 days, 7 days, months, and all kinds of durations. The Visitor Line has plans ranging from 60 AED to 400 AED.

The lowest prepaid tourist visitor line price is 49 AED, for which users will get 2GB local data, 30 Flexi minutes, Smiles buy 1 and get 1 free, and 100 AED free Careem credits for 28 days. Other offers provide 4GB of data and 30 Flexi minutes for 79 AED.

Etisalat UAE offers a Visitor Line Premium+ offer if you want more data. This offer provides 22.5 GB of data, 525 Flexi minutes, 30 hours of Free WIFI, and unlimited free Go Chat data for 200 AED, incl. VAT at 5%. This plan is valid for 28 days.

Customers can manage their account plans and recharge by dialling *121#. Etisalat UAE prepaid users can make calls in 179 countries at AED 2.52/minute and send messages at AED 0.63/SMS, whose local rate is AED 0.19/SMS.

Virgin Tourist SIM UAE

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Virgin is a virtual mobile phone network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Virgin offers a tourist plan for 7 days, 10 days, and 15 days. The 7-day Virgin UAE plan price is AED 150, the 10 Days plan price is AED 200, and the 15-day Virgin UAE plan is 300 AED.

With a 7-day Virgin Plan tourist SIM, users will get 30 local and 20 international call minutes. Exclude these, and customers will get 21 GB of data.

Virgin Mobile UAE tourist SIM 10 days plan offers 40 GB of data (4GB/day), 30 local, and 20 international minutes. The price of this plan is AED 200, including the SIM card.

The 15 Days Virgin UAE Tourist Plan offers 75 GB of data, 30 local minutes, 20 free international minutes, and a free Botim app for just 300 AED.

Which is the best UAE Tourist SIM Card Compare Table

Here we have compared Etisalat UAE and DU UAE tourist plans so that users can understand and choose the best network.

Whenever you go to Dubai, you will see a lot of Wi-Fi instead of mobile phone towers. If you are in a place where Wi-Fi signals are coming, then you will get them at a very low rate. SIMs can only be used where Wi-Fi is not available.

Final Words About UAE’s Best SIM Cards:

You have to decide which SIM card is best for you. If you want to buy SIM cards, all companies have introduced an online booking system. Free SIM users who want to buy a Free SIM card can buy a free DU SIM card, but they have to pay a plan fee of 49 AED. If you come to the UAE for a maximum of 15 days, you can choose the Virgin network. The table of comparisons is given above, and you can choose the best network for you.

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How to get a Mobile SIM Card for tourists in Dubai

How to get a Mobile SIM Card for tourists in Dubai

Dubai is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Known for its extravagant shopping, luxurious hotels, prevalent nightlife, magnificent architecture, and breath-taking views. The Dubai airport is one of the busiest in the world with flights from all over the world landing every other second. Besides having everything bigger and better, Dubai is also known for its cultural and culinary diversity, it has a rich heritage and culture of its own. Today, Dubai has become a household name and is the first option for every holiday trip ever.

While visiting a new city is exciting, it's also crucial to have access to internet while away from home. Whether you want to hail a cab from the street, share photos with friends back home, or navigate the city with maps. While most hotels, public spaces, shopping centers, and tourist attractions offer free Wi-Fi, some of them require you to sign up with a local number to access the network for free for 60 minutes. Instead, getting your own SIM card will allow you to have constant, unrestricted access to the internet. Getting a local SIM card is a smart idea if you're visiting Dubai. When compared to using a SIM card from your home country, this will give you access to calls, texts, and data at significantly lower prices.

Here's everything you need to know about getting a SIM card in Dubai.

Why should you buy a SIM card in Dubai?

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1. You’ll be able to save a lot of money: Using a local SIM will give you access to much cheaper rates for calls, texts, and data than you would get with your home country’s SIM as international roaming rates can be very high, so you'll save a lot of money by using a local SIM.

2. Get Unlimited internet access: Because of how advanced Dubai is, having access to the internet at all times will significantly improve your trip. You can make local calls, send texts, and use data at any time and from any location. This can come in handy if you need to call a restaurant to reserve a table or get directions using the maps to get to your destination.

3. It is more convenient: You'll have a local phone number with a Dubai SIM card that people can call you at. This is far more convenient than attempting to coordinate calls or texts using an international number.

4. You'll get better data coverage: If you only use the SIM card from your home country to access the internet, you might only get patchy coverage or incredibly slow speeds. You'll have much better data coverage with a local SIM.

Requirements for Getting a SIM Card in Dubai

  • You will need your Passport and a copy of your tourist visa to get a SIM card
  • Tourists must be 18 years and above to register for a SIM Card in Dubai
  • UAE does not allow more than one SIM card per passport, so if you already have a SIM card registered to your passport you won’t be able to get another one.

Where to buy SIM Cards in Dubai?

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Tourists can purchase SIM cards from kiosks in the majority of Dubai's airports. There are primarily two locations at Dubai International Airport where you can buy a SIM card. The first can be found at one of the numerous kiosks spread out throughout the airport. The second choice is to buy a SIM card from one of the major telecommunications companies with a storefront at the airport. You can also get a SIM card in the city at major shopping malls such as The Dubai Mall and The Mall of the Emirates.

Telecom Providers

There are various options available if you want to buy your SIM card from a telecom operator in the city. Etisalat and du are the two most well-known carriers, but the city also has a number of other smaller providers. When selecting a carrier, it's crucial to evaluate the various costs and services that each one provides. After deciding on a provider, you can buy a SIM card from one of their retail outlets. Finding one shouldn't be difficult as most telecommunications companies have numerous retail stores across Dubai.

Mobile Carriers in Dubai

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The three primary SIM card providers in Dubai are Etisalat, du, and Virgin Mobile. For calls, texts, and internet bundles, all three carriers provide post-paid and prepaid plans. These network providers can be found throughout Dubai, including at various stores and shops at the Dubai Airport.

How to apply for an Etisalat SIM in Dubai

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Etisalat is one of the largest mobile carriers in the UAE. It has a Visitor Line, which is a prepaid package for tourists and new residents. This provider provides quick connectivity as well as a variety of services such as:

  • Data with Wi-Fi pack geared towards business-related visits
  • Voice and SMS pack suitable for family or leisure visitors
  • A combination of data, voice, and SMS for business travelers as well as tourists

Etisalat’s Visitor Line offers other discounts and benefits, such as discounts on Careem taxis. Moreover, with various bundles, travelers can avoid costly roaming expenses. With Visitor Line Premium, Visitor Line Premium Plus, and Visitor Line Unlimited Local Data subscriptions, you can make the most of internet calls made via the GoChat Messenger app. You can get your Etisalat SIM card from the airport's kiosks or from an Etisalat store in the city. If you don't want to go to an Etisalat store or business center, you can book your Etisalat SIM card online through their website.

Visitor Line Package Details

The packages start from AED 49 onwards here are the complete package details for Visitor Line:

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Through the Etisalat mobile app, you may get AED 100 Careem credits and "buy one get one free" deals on all packages. Visitor Line Premium and Visitor Line Premium+ packages provide 500 MB of GoChat data, but Visitor Line Infinite includes an unlimited amount of GoChat data.

How to apply for a du SIM card in Dubai

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In Dubai, du provides free tourist SIM cards, which are given by Dubai Immigration Officers at Passport Control. This SIM will include a Welcome Bonus of 1GB of local data valid for 24 hours. You can also pre-order your SIM card from the official du website to save time and receive additional incentives. Plus, download the ALSAADA app to receive incredible discounts on dining, retail, and other famous activities in Dubai. The QR code for the ALSAADA app is located on the back of your free tourist SIM card.

Here's how you can activate your free Tourist SIM:

The SIM given to you will already be active and has your name and passport details. To start the line, you will need to do the following steps:

  • Insert the SIM into your phone on the airport itself
  • You will then receive a verification SMS from 1220 requesting you to reply with your year of birth (For example if your date of birth is 29-June-2000, then you will send an SMS to 1220 with 2000)
  • Once the verification is successful, you can start enjoying the free 1GB local data for 24 hours
  • You will receive the activation SMS with your mobile number.

If you’ve used up your free data, you can recharge your card by visiting their website or through any of the stores and business centers spread across the emirate. And if you are visiting only for a day then you can keep the SIM as a souvenir of your trip to Dubai.

Du Tourist SIM Package Details

The packages start from AED 49 onwards here are the complete package details:

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How to apply for a Virgin Mobile SIM card in Dubai

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Virgin Mobile is another well-known mobile carrier in the UAE, with special deals for both visitors and locals. Those planning a trip to Dubai can get a Virgin Mobile Tourist SIM card, which includes local and international minutes and data. Residents in Dubai can choose the Virgin Mobile SIM card for prepaid phone plans. This telecom company provides monthly, semi-annual, and annual mobile plans.

These are the Virgin Mobile Tourist SIM Package details:

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With the 15 days plan, you also get free internet calling on BOTIM and free UAE tourist attraction vouchers. Virgin Mobile SIM cards can be bought from their kiosk on the airport, from their website or from any Virgin Megastore across the emirate. Boost your plan for AED 100 and they will boost your data to unlimited gbs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best way to purchase SIM Card in Dubai?

The best option to get a SIM card in Dubai is via one of the city's major telecom companies. Etisalat and du are the two most popular carriers, however the city also has a number of smaller providers. In Dubai, you can also purchase a SIM card online.

What is the process to activate my SIM Card?

The process for activating your SIM card will differ depending on the carrier from which you purchased it. However, most service providers use a similar activation procedure. You must enter your SIM card into your phone to activate it. After inserting it, you must enter a code issued by the provider. After you've entered the code, your SIM card will be activated and ready for use.

What is the validity of a tourist SIM Card in Dubai?

The validity duration of visitor SIM cards varies. For example, du cards are valid for 90 days, Etisalat offers 28-day or 10-day plans, while Virgin Mobile offers plans for seven, ten, or fifteen days. All phone plans are readily renewable and available in voice and data bundles, pay-as-you-go plans, or prepaid recharge cards.

What should I do if my SIM Card gets lost or stolen?

If your Dubai SIM card is lost or stolen, you should notify your service provider immediately once. They will be able to cancel your SIM card and replace it.

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Having mobile internet in Dubai is highly recommended, as it will be very useful for finding your way to your hotel, keeping family and friends informed during your trip or catching a ride. Therefore, you can use eSIM, SIM, portable wifi or public wifi to access the internet during your trip to the city of the United Arab Emirates .

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  • · Internet in Dubai: best alternatives
  • · Signing up for an eSIM to travel to Dubai
  • · Dubai SIM card
  • · Connecting to the internet in Dubai by wifi
  • · Using pocket wifi in Dubai
  • · Public wifi in Dubai
  • · Roaming in Dubai
  • · What is the internet speed like in Dubai?
  • · Advantages of having internet in Dubai
  • · Recommendations for your trip to Dubai
  • · PFAQs: internet in Dubai
  • · How can I get internet in Dubai?
  • · How much does internet cost in Dubai?
  • · Where to buy a SIM card in Dubai?

Internet in Dubai: best alternatives

Nowadays, it is essential to have internet during our trips . Having internet in Dubai was probably one of the first questions that came to mind when you started preparing for this trip. Having the possibility to check how to get to the hotel, the fastest route to the Dubai Fountain or being able to order transport makes the trip and the experience in the city much more memorable. Here, we'll tell you about the best alternatives for internet in Dubai .

There is no free roaming in Dubai, so in order to have internet on your mobile phone without any surprises when the bill arrives, it's best to sign up for a specific tariff for your trip. There are several options, including: eSIM, SIM card, public wifi and portable wifi.

Having internet in Dubai is very useful when you need to get a translation, check or change reservations for activities or visits, tell your family and friends how your trip is going or if you get separated from your travel group you can contact them without any problem.

The following table includes some of the options and prices for having internet in Dubai and choosing which option best suits what you are looking for:

Signing up for an eSIM to travel to Dubai

The eSIM card is a type of electronic card that includes a chip, so you can activate your data plan on the spot without the need for a physical card. This option allows you to keep the same mobile number for the entire trip and not have to worry about internet connection , unwanted expenses or finding the right size card to fit your mobile.

The Holafly eSIM card for Dubai allows a 4G connection to connect to the internet throughout the UAE, using the Etisalat network, one of the operators operating in the country. You can keep your regular SIM to continue receiving messages and calls without missing anything.

You should bear in mind that not all mobile phones are compatible with eSIM cards , so before signing up for one, we recommend that you check that the mobile phone you are going to use during your trip can use this type of card .

The Dubai eSIM card has great advantages. The card will be active for 15 days, during which you will be able to enjoy 6GB at maximum speed . If these gigabytes run out, don't worry, you won't be left without internet, as the speed will be reduced but with no additional costs.

If your trip lasts longer, and you need data for a longer period of time, you have to take into account that the card cannot be recharged, but you can buy another card for another 15 days at any time . This way, you can continue to enjoy the internet in Dubai without any worries.

One of the main advantages of the Holafly eSIM tariff is that you can sign up for the card at the time of purchase, so you will never run out of internet. The activation of the Holafly card is quick, simple and instant:

  • Select the tariff Click on the Holafly UAE tariff.
  • Open the email Open the email that arrives immediately after signing up for the tariff and read the QR code.
  • Download the data plan Follow the instructions on the screen to activate the data plan.
  • Enjoy your trip Activate the eSIM by following the instructions on the screen and enjoy your trip.

Holafly's eSIM offers quick installation thanks to a QR code that you receive in your email when you sign up for the tariff, allowing you to use the card instantly, so you won't run out of data at any time during your trip. You can visit the Burj Khalifa , check the timetable for the water, light and music show at the Dubai Fountain or stroll through Dubai's parks without worrying about running out of data during your trip.

Another advantage is that you can share data with your travel companions, so you can all stay connected. I f you have any problems you can contact customer service 24 hours a day, you can contact Holafly by email or chat .

If the advantages of having an eSIM card have convinced you, and you want to sign up for one, so you can use the internet in Dubai without worrying about data charges during your trip, Holafly offers the eSIM data card for the UAE:

As you can see, there are many benefits of signing up for a Dubai Holafly eSIM card . For 54€ you can enjoy the internet for 15 days and enjoy your trip . Remember that the card is not rechargeable, but you can buy as many cards as days you need, i.e. if the trip lasts 28 days we recommend that you buy two cards so that you never run out of data and activate the second one once the first period is over.

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If you are looking for an eSIM card, but the options offered by Holafly do not suit your travel requirements, you can check out other companies such as Airalo, Flexiroam, SimOptions or Truphone who may have a more suitable tariff for what you are looking for.

Dubai SIM card

Maybe the eSIM card doesn't quite convince you or your mobile phone is not compatible with this type of virtual card, don't worry, there are more options available on the market to connect to the internet in Dubai .

Buying a SIM card in Dubai is quite simple, in fact, at the airport you can get a free prepaid Dubai SIM card from the operator "Du" with which you have 1Gb free to enjoy the first 24 hours of your stay in the city of Dubai, then you can recharge it online through a card to travel abroad.

You can find different plans and prices to connect to the internet in Dubai:

Buying a SIM card in Dubai is very easy , as there are several options available at the airport itself. The main companies operating in the UAE - Du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile - have stands at the airport where you can purchase and recharge cards. The various shopping malls in the city also have these cards.

One thing to be aware of is that Dubai data SIM cards are available with different validity periods :

  • Du : the "Du" operator's cards have a validity period of 90 days.
  • Etisalat : cards are available for up to 28 days.
  • Virgin Mobile : Cards from this operator can be valid for up to 15 days.

Connecting to the internet in Dubai by wifi

The last of the options for accessing the internet in Dubai is wifi , a wireless technology that allows you to connect multiple devices to the network. It can therefore be one of the best choices if you are going to work in Dubai or want to connect several devices while visiting the city.

Using pocket wifi in Dubai

Thanks to pocket wifi , travelling in Dubai can be an even more amazing experience, as it allows you to connect multiple devices and have internet on your mobile all day long. The pocket wifi works thanks to a small portable router that can be carried in any pocket and a SIM card with mobile data.

The security offered by this type of device is much better than using public wifi . Thanks to portable wifi, you can have a fast and reliable connection so that your devices do not suffer a cyber attack and ruin your trip . There are several options that you can use to hire this type of device, some of them are:

  • WifiVox : this small device allows you to connect up to five devices at the same time, if you spend the amount of Gb contracted you will continue to browse at reduced speed at no additional cost.
  • Wifi Travelers : you can have internet all over the UAE, it is rented by the day, so the total price will depend on the length of your stay.

The pocket wifi is a great option if you want to connect several devices simultaneously , as well as having a convenient and secure way to have internet on your mobile. The way to connect to these devices is the same as in any wifi, you will have a private password so that only the people you want to connect can connect .

You should know that when you hire these devices, they are rented, so you must return them at the end of your trip. Another thing to consider is the battery life of the device , as it may not last all day.

Public wifi in Dubai

In Dubai there is public wifi throughout the city , the only problem is that to access this free wifi you need to register with a local phone number, so if you don't have a UAE SIM you won't be able to access it.

While this may seem like a great option because of the cost , the truth is that it can turn out to be the opposite, as these types of public networks have no protection against cyber-attacks and are much slower and more unstable.

Hotels are another place where you can find free wifi . They are not open wifi for everyone, as they are protected by a password that is given to hotel guests. So another option is to ask at the place where you are staying to check if you can access the internet .

Roaming in Dubai

Dubai is not a city with free roaming , so we recommend that you turn roaming on and off when you travel if you do not want to incur roaming surcharges.

You can check with your mobile company if there is a tariff that may better suit your requirements, or if the tariff you are using has different charges from the basic roaming tariffs. The Holalfy eSIM card may be an option , as it allows you to use the internet in Dubai.

What is the internet speed like in Dubai?

The UAE has the eighth-highest average download speed in the world , with 166.53Mbit/second (1) , almost all the country's inhabitants have an internet connection.

This high connection speed is due to the fact that the country's two leading operators, Du and Etisalat, have worked to improve fibre penetration by providing the best customer experience, allowing their customers to enjoy one of the highest internet speeds at home .

You should know that throughout the country calls and video c alls via WhatsApp or FaceTime are prohibited, as well as the use of certain applications such as Skype or Netflix, so we recommend installing a VPN connection to avoid this blockade and not have problems.

Advantages of having internet in Dubai

Nowadays, having a mobile phone at any time of the day is practically an indispensable requirement, so being able to have internet in Dubai while travelling is essential and possibly one of the first questions asked when you start planning your trip.

Some of the advantages of being able to access the internet while travelling in Dubai include:

  • Being able to connect with the people closest to us, tell them how our trip is going, send photos of the wonderful places we have seen and have instant access to be able to talk to them.
  • Access email, meetings or consult any work-related data, especially if we are teleworking.
  • Consult the map to get to the Dubai Fountain, the world's largest and tallest Ferris wheel, the Ain Dubai, or how to get to one of Dubai's huge shopping malls for an afternoon of shopping.
  • Take, cancel, postpone or book excursions to the city of Abu Dhabi or the desert.

If you are lucky enough to be able to extend your trip and visit other destinations in the area, we recommend that you check out the different ways to get internet in the UAE .

Recommendations for your trip to Dubai

Dubai is a city characterised by modern architecture , luxury shopping and impressive skyscrapers. You can go and see the impressive Burj Khalifa , book a trip to the desert, stroll through the parks or enjoy the light and water show at the Dubai Fountain.

Be aware that electricity in Dubai is 230V and 50Hz and the plugs they use are type G so you should bring an adaptor so you can charge your devices without any problems.

Insurance is a must if you want to travel to Dubai because social security doesn't cover medical care in the country. There are several travel insurances available, so choose the one that suits you best.

The currency used is the dirham. You can change money at the airport on arrival or at a bank branch before you leave. You can also get a card that allows you to make international payments.

Be aware that Fridays are a holy day in Dubai , so many places may be closed. Fridays and Saturdays are generally days of rest in the city.

With the Holafly internet Dubai eSIM card you can enjoy your trip without having to worry about finding an internet connection or going over your daily gigabytes, as once they run out you will be able to surf at a reduced speed at no extra cost.

PFAQs: internet in Dubai

How can i get internet in dubai.

In order to have internet in Dubai you can use the eSIM card, SIM card, public wifi and portable wifi . If you are going to use the public wifi you should know that you have to register with a local number.

How much does internet cost in Dubai?

Dubai does not have free roaming, so the companies apply the basic tariff to talk and surf in zone 3.

Where to buy a SIM card in Dubai?

When you arrive at the airport you can get a SIM card with 1Gb free for the first 24 hours of the day, then you just have to recharge the card. You can also find SIM cards in the different shopping centres in the city.

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Do you want to know which is the best eSIM to travel to Dubai ? Do you need to know how and where you can get one? Is it something that you must take on your trip to this modern Asian destination? If you always want to be connected, you must have an eSIM for Dubai. Avoid paying high costs for roaming services or for renting a pocket wifi .

Of course, you need to know everything about the eSIMs. A new device that is revolutionizing the cellular connectivity industry. That is why this article will tell you how to get an eSIM for Dubai, the prices, advantages, and much more. Read on to find out more about the alternative that will allow you to stay connected to the internet while getting to know the wonderful city of Dubai!

Where can I buy an eSIM for Dubai?

Nowadays, you have three different ways to get this card :

  • Get it on international online stores, like Holafly.
  • Look for physical stores when you land and make sure they have virtual SIM cards in stock.
  • Or, if your cellphone is not eSIM compatible, you can always get a physical SIM card for your stay in Dubai .

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What is an eSIM?

The eSIM is a device that, eventually, will replace physical cards. It is a little device that is implanted in the cell phone’s hardware, it can host many telephone operator lines, and it uses QR codes to activate the data plan . You can get it on the Holafly eSIM store.

Advantages of an eSIM for Dubai.

These are some of the many advantages the Holafly eSIM has :

  • Holafly’s eSIM works with many of the latest generation phones, so make sure your phone is compatible: here is a list of compatible cell phones .
  • You do not need to sign any minimum term clauses or contracts , which makes the purchase process easier.
  • You can share data with family, friends, or whoever you’re traveling with. 
  • You can keep your WhatsApp in your language , so you can still use the app.
  • Furthermore, you’ll have 24-hour chat support, and you can also receive help over the phone.
  • You can still use your physical card if you need both devices at the same time.

The eSIM has a great advantage over other alternatives since this is an online service. So, you will not have to wait for a delivery to use it, since your eSIM will arrive in your email in a matter of minutes after the purchase.

How do I activate my eSIM card for Dubai?

Here you have a simple guide to activate your eSIM .

  • First, you have to enter the Holafly store, pick your eSIM, and finish the purchase.
  • Once you do that, you will receive an email with the QR code that will install the data plan.
  • Scan the QR code (you must be connected to the internet), to configure the eSIM in your device. NOTE: The cell phone with which you scan the QR must be the one that is going to carry the data plan.
  • Rename the eSIM , so you can differentiate it from your SIM card.
  • Once you arrive at your destination, activate the data roaming of your Android or IOS.
  • And… That’s it! Now you can access the internet!

How much does a Holafly eSIM card for Dubai cost?

Currently, this virtual card has only one plan available, and it’s the following one:

If you want to visit more Asian countries, we recommend you get the Asia eSIM , so you can keep traveling through Asia with the best internet!

Advantages of the eSIM vs the SIM card for Dubai

  • Number portability: fast to carry out, compared to the traditional SIM because you don’t have to wait days or weeks to receive it.
  • Easy purchasing: getting the Holafly eSIM is simple and easy.
  • It doesn’t need physical installation: an eSIM is a device that is implanted on high-end cell phones, so there’s no plastic chip to insert.
  • It does not pollution: being a virtual device, it does not require a physical installation, making it an eco-friendly product.

Etisalat eSIM card for Dubai

When you arrive in Dubai you will find a physical LG U+ operator store , the second most popular in the country. The virtual SIM card of this company has the following characteristics:

  • Internet packages to share with other devices.
  • Chat service and support on the operator’s web.
  • Unlimited calls and messages inside this country.
  • A variety of GB browsing packages.

In case you need to use your physical SIM card and the eSIM at the same time, you can use both!

Du eSIM for Dubai

The Du online stores offer an eSIM, and it has the following characteristics:

  • 5G networks connection.
  • Family plans to share cellular data.
  • No contract term clause for prepaid SIMs.

Which is the best eSIM for Dubai?

After reading all of this, there is no doubt: the Holafly eSIM for Dubai is the ideal option! It has multiple advantages, and it has 24/7 customer support. On the other hand, if your smartphone is incompatible, then we recommend you the Holafly physical SIM card for Dubai.

Frequent questions about the best eSIM for Dubai

Here you have a list of the eSIM compatible cell phones: Apple iPhone SE (2020), XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro and Pro 11, Pro Max 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini, Samsung S20, Galaxy Z Flip, Note 20 Ultra, Fold LTE, Huawei P40, P40 Pro, Google Pixel 3, 3a, 4, 4a and Motorola Razr 2019. It is also compatible with some iPads:  iPad (iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 inches 3rd generation, iPad Air 3rd generation, iPad 7th generation, and iPad Mini 5th generation).

Once you land and activate the data roaming, from that moment you can start using your data plan. That’s why you should not activate the data before you get to your destination.

The Holafly eSIM for Dubai offers coverage in 4G LTE speed. However, in some places with low coverage, your cellphone might connect to 3G speed.

Yes, you can. That’s not a problem, it is possible to use both cards. But you should know that your domestic operator will charge you for the international roaming.

Recommendations to choose the best eSIM for Dubai

  • Don’t get your eSIM at the airport, it is better if you buy it before you travel .
  • Download apps, games, and videos before traveling. Don’t waste your data!
  • Make sure your cell phone has unlocked bands, so it can connect to other telephone networks.

We’ve reached the end of this article! Hopefully, this information will help you make the best decision. If you pick Holafly, you will have the best internet in Dubai, and you will fully enjoy your trip! You won’t regret it!

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Having an internet connection on a trip to Dubai is a great way to make the most of your holiday. In this article we tell you how to find the best travel eSIM for Dubai , so you can connect to the internet immediately without paying excessive roaming charges, or putting your data at risk on public wifi networks. In addition, we tell you about other less practical alternatives such as physical SIM cards, wifi pockets or searching for free wifi in cities.

When looking for the perfect eSIM for your trip to Dubai you should consider aspects such as speed, data limit, technical support, price or duration of the plans . In this post we have already done the work for you, and we compare the main brands such as Holafly, Airalo or Simoptions , among others, and we tell you their advantages and disadvantages to help you make a decision. We already tell you that the Holafly eSIM cards are a safe bet with no extra charges and 24h support

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When comparing different brands of eSIM we need to consider all the features that will determine whether the card will suit your travel needs. That’s why we’ve put together this table with all the essential information about each brand to help you make your choice. We’ll go into more detail on each eSIM brand below, so you won’t miss any of the information.

1. Holafly, eSIM for Dubai with 24/7 customer support

The Spanish company Holafly is one of the best options to buy eSIM cards and travel with peace of mind, as the brand offers a 24-hour customer service in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese that responds in less than a minute via chat or WhatsApp. The company, with offices in several countries around the world and more than 100 employees, currently has the best customer rating on Trustpilot with a score of 4.6.

At  Holafly you can find a 15-day 6 GB plan for €54 . Compared to other brands, Holafly’s eSIM offers the most data and is one of the few with 5G.

Holafly eSIM cards can be easily installed by scanning the QR code that will be sent to your email once you have completed the purchase. The installation can also be done manually without the need for a computer, simply by writing a code in the settings of your mobile that you can consult in the mail or in your App, which is very convenient to control the duration of the data plan.

After testing Holafly eSIM cards, we can say that they are one of the most expensive options on the market, but that in the end they are profitable as you can travel without worries thanks to their technical service, which is the most efficient of all the eSIM cards we have tested. Here we leave you this ranking where we evaluate from 1 to 5 all the features of Holafly’s eSIM cards for Dubai based on our experience.

In this post, you can read about our experience with Holafly eSIM cards and some users’ opinions: Our opinion of Holafly eSIM .

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2. Airalo, the cheapest eSIM brand on the market

Airalo is along with Holafly one of the world’s best-known brands for buying an international travel eSIM. The company, founded in Singapore in 2019 by Turkish entrepreneurs Abraham Burak and Ahmet Bahadir Özdemir, was one of the first to offer such services, and has a wide coverage of countries where they offer eSIM cards.

Airalo’s eSIM card data plans for Dubai have a duration of 7 and 30 days, and prices range from $8.5 to $22.5. Airalo is characterized as one of the cheapest brands on the market , however, its technical service leaves much to be desired and takes a long time to respond. Their data plans have very limited gigabytes (in this case 1 GB and 3 GB) and you’re likely to run out of data in the middle of your journey and have to top up. This means that in the end the costs will go up and cheap will be expensive.

Although Airalo is cheap and offers a wide range of eSIM cards whose spending can be controlled through its app, it’s not one of the best options because of what we’ve told you above about its technical service, as you can see on Trustpilot in the user reviews and ratings. Airalo has one of the lowest scores at 3.7. Here you have the ranking of each aspect of Airalo and in this post you can also read about our opinion of the brand: Our opinion of Airalo: is it worth it?

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3. Maya Mobile, data packages with as many GB as you need

Maya Mobile only offers eSIM cards for 30 days in Dubai . In this case, the price of data packages varies according to gigabytes. In total, you have 4 packages of 1 GB , 3 GB , 5 GB , 10GB . The price ranges from €7 to €43.

Like Holafly, Maya Mobile is characterized by the speed and simplicity of its contracting process and installation, which is also done via a QR code that arrives in the mail. In addition, they have a 100% refund policy of the purchase in the event that the data does not work, which is not usually the case as they have a minimum of two data providers in each country where they offer their services.

In the case of Maya Mobile, there are some drawbacks to its eSIM cards, such as the fact that its plans are very inflexible and only last for 30 days. They also don’t offer plans with real unlimited data like other brands such as Holafly, which means you could run out of data in the middle of your journey or have a very slow connection. Here’s a table of how they rate each of their eSIM card features.

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4. Nomad and its App

Nomad is a marketplace dedicated to selling eSIM cards so you can have internet while travelling . Its main feature is that in addition to its website, it has an App with which its customers can contract data plans easily and quickly.

The brand offers data plans in more than 100 countries and also by continent so we can make use of our internet connection even if we are moving between different countries. In the case of Dubai, the data packages have durations of 7 and 30 days , which is not very flexible. In addition, they have data limits ranging from 1 GB to 5 GB . The fact that they don’t have unlimited data plans is a big disadvantage as we will be forced to top up.

The Nomad App is very useful for monitoring consumption and recharging in the event of running out of data. You can also use it to contact customer service, which is unfortunately only in English.

Here you can see our ranking of Nomad ‘s eSIMs.

5. SimOptions, a marketplace to compare local brands

Sim Options is an eSIM card marketplace where local mobile phone companies in each country sell their eSIM cards. The brand, with offices in Paris, Thailand and Hong Kong, offers data plans for eSIM cards in more than 160 countries and also has regional and global plans.

For Dubai, you’ll find three 15-day and 30-day data plans with data limits of 3GB, 5GB and 6GB. Prices are a little higher than average and range from $24.9 to $39.9.

The main drawback of Simoptions is that its website is a bit chaotic and the data plans, as they are from different brands , are very disparate, and their features vary a lot, not only price, speed or duration, but also technical support, the possibility of recharging or sharing data. This will force you to look in detail at each brand and will make it harder for you to make a decision.

Our personal experience is that with SimOptions cards, you waste a lot of time comparing cards. In addition, the price is high, you can only pay in dollars, and they don’t give you the guarantee of good technical support. Here we leave you this ranking where we rate SimOptions eSIM cards from 1 to 5 and in this post you can read about our opinion and that of other customers about the brand: Our opinion about Sim Options: is it worth it?

Conclusion on which is the best eSIM for Dubai

In this post we have seen that there are many important factors to consider when comparing eSIM cards as, for each type of travel, you will have different connection needs. That is why we have prepared this section where we tell you based on our experience which eSIM card is best for which type of travel

When we travel, we don’t want to run out of data in the middle of our holiday, so eSIM cards with unlimited data are the best option if we want to travel without worries. In the case of Dubai or the United Arab Emirates, no brand offers the option of unlimited data, so it is interesting to analyse the brands that offer more gigabytes in their plans, which are Holafly and SimOptions. Holafly offers 6 GB for 15 days, which is the maximum you can find at a reasonable price and also includes 5G . With some companies such as Nomad or Airalo you can top up the eSIM already installed through their website or App, but the best thing is not having to pay again if you run out of data.

To calculate the gigabytes you’ll need on your trip, it’s best to calculate based on your usual usage or try to predict what you’ll need in your destination country. Is there wifi in the hotel? Are you going to need Google Maps? Here is a table to help you estimate how many gigabytes you will need on your trip .

The installation process for eSIM cards is always simple and quick , but it is true that there are some companies that make it even easier. The first thing to do is to check if your mobile is compatible with the brand’s eSIM . You can check this information on each provider’s website.

The purchase of the eSIM for Dubai can be done via the web for some brands such as Holafly or Simoptions , or via the app such as Nomad or Airalo. Holafly’s website is very intuitive and easy to use, while Simoptions’ is quite complicated to understand, and you will have to do a lot of reading. Both Nomad and SimOptions are marketplaces, which means they sell third-party eSIM cards. This can make it difficult to make a choice, especially in the case of SimOptions, where the data plans are very different.

The only brands that allow installation through the App are Nomad and Airalo , and in the case of Holafly, from the App you can get the code to install the eSIM manually without using a computer. You can also install the eSIM by scanning a QR code that you will receive by email as soon as you have completed the purchase with Holafly, Airalo, Simoptions or Nomad .

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On the other hand, it is very important to consider the technical service to help you in the installation process and solve any doubt or problem. Most brands such as Maya Mobile or Airalo have a chatbot that takes a long time to respond and only does so in English. In the case of Simoptions, technical support will depend on the brand of eSIM card you have chosen. In this aspect Holafly’s technical support is the best as they respond in less than 1 minute in Spanish, English, German, French and Japanese via web chat or WhatsApp.

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Many times when we travel we want to share data with other devices and only some providers like Holafly, Airalo, Ubigi and some Simoptions brands make this possible.

But one of the most important aspects is price. The cheapest brands are Airalo and Maya Mobile , however, their data plans are very limited, and you’re likely to run out and have to pay again with the top-up. That is why it is sometimes advisable to pay a little more and get a eSIM card with more data like Holafly’s to give you peace of mind and avoid having to top up again.

All in all, Holafly’s eSIM cards are the best option for travel to Dubai because of the amount of data their plans offer and the multilingual technical support that responds in less than a minute. With Holafly you’ll never run out of data on your trip.

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Other options for getting internet in Dubai

There are several ways to get internet when travelling abroad, however, eSIM cards are our favourite option because of the three features that make them unique: convenience, peace of mind and security.

The following are some of the less efficient alternatives for internet on your trip to Dubai, such as SIM cards, Pocket Wifi or public Wi-Fi networks.

1. Buy Etisalat and Du SIM cards in Dubai

Etisalat and Du are the most established local phone companies in the country, and therefore their connection is very good. One of the drawbacks they have is the price of their SIM cards, which tends to be a bit expensive compared to SIMs for other countries. Also, they offer quite limited data and you will have to show your documentation to be able to make the contract.

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2. Renting a Pocket WiFi for Dubai

Pocket WiFi are wireless routers that allow you to connect to multiple devices from anywhere as long as they are in close proximity to the device. There are a number of companies in the UAE that rent them, although the price is usually quite high.

  • Klook: $213.50 per week. Must be picked up in shop.
  • Cello Mobile: $104.93 per week plus $15 for insurance and $5 to $60 for shipping.
  • Travel Wifi: $62.65 and $8.00 to $30.00 per shipment.
  • Rent n’Connect: $93.40 plus $9.44 shipping plus $14.15 VAT (European operation)
  • My Webspot: $81.74 plus $5.60 to $11.68 per shipment plus €18.40 insurance.

3. Search for free WiFi networks in Dubai

Free wifi networks are a risky option as they are very vulnerable to hacking, so it is recommended that you use them with caution and never make transactions that put your personal details at risk.

4. Activate Roaming for Dubai

Roaming has lost ground to eSIM cards due to their high cost s, plus not all phone companies offer this service. These are some of the brands that offer the service and their costs, although it is recommended that you check with your usual provider before travelling to avoid surprises on your bill at the end of the month.

  • Orange: 1MB for 12,10 € (excl. VAT)
  • MásMóvil : 100MB for 7€/day (incl. VAT)
  • Amena: 1MB for €6.05?
  • Lowi: 1MB for €12.1
  • Yoigo: 1MB for 10.89 €
  • O2: 1MB for €12.10
  • Jazztel: 1 MB for €12.1

Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of this system:

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Frequently asked questions about having internet in Dubai 

Most models from popular brands such as Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei or Google are compatible as long as they are recent models. Several iPads are also supported. However, it is best to check with each provider’s website, where they will tell you which models are compatible.

eSIM cards allow you to have internet on your mobile phone when you travel abroad without having to remove your usual SIM card, as is the case with SIM cards. This is possible thanks to a chip that is built into the latest generation of mobile phones. The purchase of the eSIM data plan can be done through the website or the App of some brands. Choose your destination, the duration and the gigabytes of the data plan and pay securely.

SIM cards can be purchased in physical shops or online, with delivery times ranging from 48 to 72 hours. There are also companies that offer same day express delivery.

Most companies offer data capped packages. Holafly, unlike the rest, offers a wide variety of unlimited data packages.

Data cards are activated from the moment they are installed while already in the home country, i.e. when the SIM is inserted or the QR code is scanned.

Unlimited data plans do not normally allow data sharing, but plans with a specific number of GBs included do.

Holafly is a Spanish company launched in 2018 that you can trust, it has been tested by more than 400,000 customers, travel blogs and Youtubers. Holafly markets eSIMs since 2019.

Holafly has over 10,000 positive experiences posted on Trustpilot, with a rating of “Excellent” and 4.6 average score.

Maya is owned by a US company, Maya Virtual Inc. Reviews of Maya on Trustpilot are good, out of 4.5 average rating.

Airalo’s reviews on Trustpilot are good, with an average rating of 3.9.

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Whether you need a new internet connection for your home or want to change your package or service provider, Dubai has no shortage of options. Here’s an overview of the different Dubai internet packages so you can choose one that best fits your needs and budget.

ALL ABOUT DUBAI INTERNET PACKAGES FOR HOME USERS

When choosing Dubai internet packages for home , residents can check out the plans offered by the two popular service providers: Etisalat and du. 

Etisalat home internet packages range from Al Shamil broadband connection to eLife internet package, which includes landline, TV and internet. Likewise, du home internet packages include du Home Starter, du Home Basic Promo and more.

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You can easily visit your nearest Etisalat or du service centre to sign up for Dubai internet packages. The process can take up to a week, and you need to be a Dubai resident to apply for home internet packages.

For du home internet offers, subscribers must be 21 years or older. Younger customers can present a NOC from someone aged 21 or older who agrees to take responsibility for their internet account. 

SIGNING UP FOR INTERNET SERVICES IN DUBAI

For Etisalat internet packages, you need to visit a service centre to fill out an application form, or you can download it from the official website.

Go to the ‘Support’ page, navigate to the ‘Personal’ tab, and find online application forms for setting up an internet connection at home. 

Likewise, you can visit a service centre for du packages or subscribe directly from the website . You must select your location and package, after which you need to fill out an online form. 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

Documents required to subscribe for Etisalat packages and du net packages include:

  • Valid UAE residence visa
  • Emirates ID

You also need to submit copies of the residency visa and Emirates ID.

In the case of du, you will also need your Ejari tenancy contract or title deed that includes your name and address. If you are not getting the subscription under your name, you need to get an authorisation letter from the person purchasing the subscription along with their Emirates ID.  

Once you submit these documents and pay the installation fees, you can expect your home internet connection to work within seven days. 

HOME INTERNET PRICES IN DUBAI

Basic home internet package in Dubai costs depend on the speed offered. You can get broadband connections or a combination of internet and TV services.

Prices of home internet packages can also help you calculate the cost of living in Dubai . 

Etisalat eLife packages are as follows:

  • 250 Mbps + 187 HD channels for AED 389 per month
  • 500 Mbps + 187 HD channels for AED 429 per month 
  • 750 Mbps 236+ Premium entertainment for AED 639 per month 
  • 7 50 Mbps + 262 HD channels for AED 699 per month
  • 1G + 300 HD channels for AED 999 per month

Please note that:

  • You can find other packages with Amazon Prime, Smiles, OSN Channel and more.
  • Sports fans can opt for BeIN packages.
  • Those looking to cut down their expenses can choose a plan with internet and free-to-air channels.

For an additional fee, you can get Etisalat Wi-Fi coverage for the entire home. Note that these monthly charges are exclusive of a 5% VAT. Some packages offer free installation.

Some users prefer a wireless internet service.

  • 5G Package with 1,000 GB data and StarzPlay for AED 299
  • 4G Package with 300 GB data and StarzPlay for AED 199

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du home internet packages are priced as follows:

  • 500 Mbps + Essential (AED 389 per month)
  • 750 Mbps + OSN (AED 529 per month)
  • 800 Mbps + OSN, Amazon Prime and BeIN (AED 689 per month)
  • 1GB + OSN, Amazon Prime, BeIN and E Sential (AED 1,189 per month)

Customers also get a Wi-Fi router, hundreds of TV channels and free calls to UAE landlines with du packages. 

Like Etisalat packages, the du home internet prices are also exclusive of VAT , fees and other charges. These include AED 50 activation charges and AED 150 TV box deposit. The latter is refundable.  Du also offers free installation on different packages.

HOW TO PAY YOUR INTERNET BILL IN DUBAI

Managing your service and your internet subscription payments is easy. Etisalat users can visit the official website and register online to check and pay their bills via credit or debit card. Du users can also visit the website to create an account or download the du app.

You can also download the My Etisalat app for hassle-free Etisalat bill payment.

Alternatively, you can also use your bank account to pay the bill. Learn how to open a bank account in Dubai if you don’t have one.

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FAQS ABOUT HOME INTERNET PACKAGES IN DUBAI

How to move your internet connection to a new home.

If you are moving to a new place, you can get your existing internet connection transferred to the new location.

Etisalat internet package users have to provide the following details via their app or on the helpline when applying to move their eLife connection:

  • Address of the new home
  • Date of disconnection from the current home
  • Date when technicians can install the devices at your new place.

Once you complete your application and provide the necessary details, Etisalat will close your existing connection and set up an appointment to install the eLife connection in the new home. You will, however, have to pay moving charges amounting to AED 150. Additional charges may apply if extra wiring is required. Here’s a quick guide on transferring Etisalat’s internet connection in Dubai .

du has also made it quite simple for you to move your connection. You must log in to the website and upload your new tenancy contract/title deed. You must show proof of the relationship if the contract is not in your name. Note that a moving fee of AED 100 will be charged on your next bill.

HOW TO CANCEL YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION IN DUBAI ?

You may want to cancel your internet or downgrade your package. In either case, you can call or visit the service centre of your internet provider for cancellation and pay the exit charges.

You need to provide a one-month notice for cancellation. You may have to pay an early cancellation fee, depending on your contract. Similarly, a downgrade fee may apply if you want to downgrade your package .

This concludes our overview of home internet packages in Dubai. Setting up an internet and TV connection in your home is easy, provided that you have the necessary documents. Remember, you can use apps that allow internet call to Dubai to connect with family and friends back home.

Ensure you know how to renew your Emirates ID before signing up for an internet package. Also, check your UAE visa status online to avoid any inconvenience. 

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Total solar eclipse 2024 live updates: Watch video and see photos of the sky spectacle

EAGLE PASS, Texas − In a moment of cosmic alignment that was precisely predicted yet undeniably mysterious , the moon crept across the face of the sun as seen from Earth, casting its shadow onto the United States on Monday.

And then it was over: A total eclipse of the sun has come and gone.  

The partial shadow crossed into the U.S. in Texas just after noon local time, and a bit more than an hour later, the minutes of “totality” began. The total eclipse of the sun then traced a path from southern Texas to northern Maine, where it exited into Canada and the ocean beyond.

The rare event was an astronomical experience like no other. Monday's eclipse was unusually accessible to millions of people. It was widely anticipated not only for its remarkable period of darkness, but for its rare timing: No total solar eclipse would be visible from the contiguous United States again until 2044. While millions of Americans may have seen today’s eclipse, a small group in Texas was among the very first.

Edge of eclipse shadow began in south Texas

Alejandra Martinez, a seventh-grade science teacher from the south Texas border city of Eagle Pass, peered up at the gray, gauzy sky, anxiously awaiting the solar eclipse’s entrance into the USA.

Sitting with a telescope under a camping canopy in a corner of the county airport, Martinez, 42, and two other science enthusiasts had been recruited by NASA to participate in an effort called Citizen CATE 2024, where more than 30 teams perched in the eclipse’s path will record the shadowy trek across the country. 

In this spot, less than five miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, she and her team would be among the first people in the U.S. to witness the phenomenon. Eagle Pass sits near the very beginning of the eclipse’s track from southwest to northeast across the country. It also sits very near dead-center of it, where the period of “totality” will be the longest. That total shadow was still more than an hour away when the edge of the shadow began to darken the sky.

Martinez, dressed in a “This Totality Rocks” T-shirt and eclipse-themed skirt, watched as the penumbra crept across the airfield, about 10 minutes past noon local time. She put on her eclipse glasses and peered up at the sky. The gauzy clouds parted. “There it is! There it is!” she yelled. “First contact. It’s begun!”

Clouds came and went as the shadow grew for the next hour. As totality approached Eagle Pass, the sky shaded a dull gray then a heavy brown and the temperature dropped a few degrees. Only a sliver of the sun remained.

A few seconds before 1:27 p.m. CT, the crowd counted down, “3..2..1…” The sun was gone, completely covered by the moon. Darkness spread over the small airport grounds. “Oh my god,” Martinez said, a hand covering her heart. “This is so cool!”

How to tell if you have eye damage from looking at a partial eclipse?

For those who took a chance and looked at the sun without protective eyewear during the eclipse, concerns may arise if their vision starts to seem impaired. Have they suffered eclipse blindness?

Looking directly at the sun even briefly without the proper safety glasses can result in eye damage, either temporary or permanent. The body's natural squinting reaction in normal circumstances prevents people from staring directly at the sun, but that reflex may not be activated during partial eclipses, even though a partly shielded sun can still burn the retina.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says pain won't be an indication of damaged eyes because the retina lacks pain nerves. Worrisome signs are instead blurry vision, headaches, light sensitivity, blind spots in the central vision, distorted vision and changes in color perception. Anyone experiencing those symptoms should see an ophthalmologist, the AAO says.

What was the timeline of the 2024 solar eclipse?

The total eclipse began in Mexico at about 11:07 a.m. PDT, Monday before crossing into Texas at 1:27 p.m. CDT. It ended in Maine at 3:35 p.m. EDT. Even those who weren't in the path of totality could see a percentage of the eclipse.

To find out exactly when the eclipse occurred in your area, you can search by  USA TODAY's database by ZIP code  for a viewing guide.

Students in Washington get hands-on learning

Dozens of students spilled out of Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C., gripping cardboard solar eclipse glasses and chatting with excitement. “Why is the sun shaped as a moon?” one student asked after looking toward the sun. “Why is it not getting dark?’’ asked another.

Teacher Troy Mangum, who the students called “Mr. Mango,’’ slowly explained the science behind the experience as he cautioned others to put on their glasses. Students at the school in northwest D.C. had had lessons about the eclipse leading up the day’s teaching outside the classroom.

“Anytime we can get hands on or dynamic learning … it’s invaluable,’’ said Mangum, a social emotional learning coach. “We talked about it so much. It’s nice to see them get excited about qeeky Mr. Mango type of stuff.”

Skylar Cruel, 12, had come outside with her science class. “I just really wanted to see it,’’ she said. “You get to see it turn from light to dark.”

Steps away at Whittier Elementary School, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), younger students put on their glasses and tilted their heads up toward the sun behind their school.

Michael Haile joined his daughter, Markan Worku, 9, a student at Whittier, and brought along his 5-year-old son, Keab. He called it a memorable experience for his children. Markan, who had been learning about solar eclipses in her third-grade class, simply said, “This is cool!’’ 

− Deborah Berry

In Michigan, a bonding experience for a mother and her three kids

In Michigan, eclipse enthusiasts packed a watch party along the Detroit Riverwalk near Cullen Plaza. They sat on the grass, on benches and berms. For Janelle Ikonen of Waterford, it was a chance to bond with her three children − Hannah, 9; Elim, 12; and Isaac, 14 − whom she took out of school for the day.

“I wanted to experience a unique event with them,” said Ikonen, 47. “It’s one of my big deals to me, to experience things with my kids. … I hope they’ll remember spending time with me.”

In Grand Rapids, where 94% coverage of the sun was expected, viewers gathered on the city's “Blue Bridge,” which offered a view of the eclipse over the Grand River. With no cloud cover over the city, visitors had an unobstructed scene. The Grand Rapids Public Museum set up a series of solar telescopes.

Jill and Wes Johnson, 50 and 14, were among those awaiting max coverage. They’d considered traveling from Grand Rapids to a place with total coverage, but decided 94% coverage was worthwhile enough to stay home.

“I think people are excited to see something unique,” Jill Johnson said.

− Georgea Kovanis and Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press

US women's soccer team takes in eclipse ahead of title game

COLUMBUS, Ohio − The U.S. women’s national soccer team took a break from SheBelieves Cup preparation to watch the eclipse. 

Several team members, including World Cup veterans Crystal Dunn, Alyssa Naeher, Naomi Girma and Trinity Rodman, coaches and staff members donned eclipse glasses and went outside their hotel to see the rare event.

As the sky darkened and the moon moved in front of the sun, someone yelled, “Come on, keep going!” Columbus is just outside the path of totality, so all but a sliver of the sun wound up being covered. 

The USWNT is in Columbus for the final of the SheBelieves Cup on Tuesday night against Canada.

− Nancy Armour

Witnessing the first total eclipse from a cruise ship

Passengers aboard Holland America's Koningsdam cruise ship eagerly gathered on the top decks at 10 a.m. local time to watch the spectacle of a solar eclipse.

Positioned off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico − the first city in North America to witness the total eclipse − the ship provided an ideal vantage point for viewing the celestial event. Accompanied by an astronomer, the captain meticulously adjusted the ship's position to ensure the best possible view.

Dan Fueller, an experienced eclipse observer who had previously seen similar phenomena from ships in 1991 and 1998, emphasized the advantages of viewing the eclipse from a cruise ship. He noted the flexibility of the ship's mobility allowed for optimal positioning along the eclipse's path, ensuring unobstructed views.

"You're on a cruise ship and (the best view) is a little bit farther to the west or a little bit farther to the east − along the path, there's a clear sky − the ship can move. If you're on land and there's not a road there, you better have a tank."

− Joshuan Rivera

Partial eclipse 'like a little Pac-Man taking a bite out of the sun'

In Parthenon, Arkansas, the eclipse began near the Buffalo National River. Five friends traveled from Florida to be on a rock outcropping to witness the celestial event.

“Yes! I see it!” Angie Printiss exclaimed.

“Oh ya! You can see it,” said Kate Estes. “It’s like a little Pac-Man taking a bite out of the sun.”

At 20 minutes before totality, the sky got noticeably darker. The shadow of crescent sun shapes played off the limestone rocks.

“It looks like water − like fish scales,” Estes said. “That is so weird, when the trees move you can really see it.”

− Jennifer Portman

New Englanders travel for better view of the eclipse

Crowds ballooned into the thousands midday Monday in the center of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, as the nearly cloudless sky and warm sun boosted temperatures to an unseasonably 60 degrees.

Jim and Kim Cooper drove over from New Hampton, New Hampshire, their first time doing more than just passing through the town locals call St. Jays. Their son had proposed to his girlfriend in Tennessee during the 2017 eclipse and then had an eclipse-themed wedding, but the Coopers had never seen a total eclipse for themselves, so they decided to come to the closest place where they could be assured of a good view.

Jeffrey Breau had seen that 2017 eclipse for himself and was so impressed that he convinced family members to join him this time. Breau’s girlfriend, Nell Hawley, came up with him from Cambridge, Massachusetts, while his brother Alex and his girlfriend Diana Ventura drove up from New York City. The Breau brothers' father, Walter, joined them in taking in their first eclipse.

“I would have been OK watching it in the yard,” Walter said, though he would only have seen a partial eclipse from there. “That’s what you think now,” Jeffrey said quickly. “Talk to me in two hours.”

− Karen Weintraub

Kids bring homemade eclipse viewers to National Mall

Lucas and Lucy Porto Banco didn’t need to buy fancy eclipse glasses – the 7- and 10-year-old siblings made their own eclipse viewers from two cardboard shoe boxes left over from a couple of their mom’s recent shoe purchases.With the help of a YouTube tutorial video, they made two holes in each box with a whittling knife and taped tin foil over. Then they used dry spaghetti to poke holes in the tin foil for the sun’s light to pass through and project onto the dark inside of the box.The kids put together the viewer in little more than five minutes, Lucy said. “Maybe 15, with covering all the gaps in the shoe box,” she said.Even with his own eclipse-viewing creation, Lucas said he may still take advantage of his eclipse glasses. “I’m going to do both,” he said.

− Cybele Mayes-Osterman

What is an 'umbra?' − and other eclipse words

Astronomers and eclipse enthusiasts used a bunch of specialized words Monday as the nation experienced its first solar eclipse since 2017 and the last one for until 2044. Here are a few of those terms and what they mean, according to the American Astronomical Society .

Baily's Beads – This refers to the beaded appearance of the moon's edge as the eclipse nears totality. Shafts of sunlight shine through deep valleys on the moon's surface, which causes the effect known to observers as Bailey's Beads.

Umbra – The darkest part of the moon’s shadow, within which the entirety of the sun's bright face is blocked. An observer standing in the umbra sees a total solar eclipse.

Penumbra: The lighter part of the moon's shadow, making up its outer portion, where light can reach.

Corona – The sun’s upper atmosphere, visible as a pearly glow around the eclipsed sun during totality.

Totality – The maximum phase of a total solar eclipse, during which the moon’s disk completely covers the sun's bright face. It can last from a fraction of a second to a maximum of 7 minutes, 31 seconds, depending on viewing location and other factors.

− Dale Denwalt, The Oklahoman

A last-minute search for glasses for 'a perfect spot'

Patsy Faoro walked toward a half dozen people gathered at the gate of Turner Farm Park in Great Falls, Virginia. The people were awaiting the opening of an eclipse viewing event complete with telescopes and educational presentations.

Faoro, who lives near the park in this upscale Northern Virginia neighborhood, just wanted glasses to safely view the eclipse.

She visited CVS, Safeway and a 7/11 convenience store, all of which had advertised the availability of glasses to view the eclipse. None of the retailers had any glasses remaining when Faoro checked this morning.

“We have this great big open space that’s a perfect spot,” said Faoro, who viewed her first eclipse in the 1970s. “We just need some glasses.”

− Ken Alltucker

Indianapolis Motor Speedway event draws tens of thousands

Tory Patrick, 41, is hoping to give her four children a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Patrick and her family traveled 160 miles to Indianapolis Motor Speedway from their home in Granger, Indiana. They were expected to have 97% totality at home, but it’s not the same as total coverage, she said.

“They will be getting the full experience that they can’t read about in textbooks,” Patrick said.

Patrick and her sister Cally Gannon, 39, from Cincinnati, met in Indianapolis to view the eclipse from the speedway. They camped outside IMS over the weekend ahead of the event and on Sunday afternoon saw a double rainbow over the speedway’s iconic pagoda. An estimated 50,000 tickets were sold for the day’s festivities, presented in partnership with NASA and Purdue University.

Elsewhere in the stands, Ryan Harper, 30, knows today is special.

“We’re right in totality,” he said. “This sometimes doesn’t happen in people’s lifetimes.

— Sarah Bowman and Jade Thomas

Family travels from Baltimore to Rochester, N.Y., to view the eclipse

When Maze Pelham of Baltimore was a fifth-grader, he watched news of the 2017 solar eclipse and vowed to witness the next notable solar eclipse. That eclipse, and that day, has come. And this is why he and his parents, Janice and Sonney Pelham, left Maryland around 1 a.m. on Monday and drove nearly seven hours to Rochester, New York.

“I said to myself I would go to the next one,” Maze Pelham said while seated with his parents on lawn chairs at downtown Rochester’s Parcel 5 park, where he and hundreds of others are awaiting a view of the full eclipse. “It’s a promise I made to myself.”

– Democrat and Chronicle, part of the USA TODAY Network

In Brooklyn: Eclipses glasses, check. Lawn chair, check.

Ralph Emerson held a pair of paper sunglasses in his hands while riding the subway to Brooklyn's sprawling Prospect Park on Monday. He exited the train with a folded lawn chair strapped across his shoulder, and said he felt energized and full of anticipation.

"This is special," Emerson, 61, said. "I haven't woken up with this much excitement since the Super Bowl."

Walking to the park's botanic garden, Emerson said appreciating natural phenomena makes it easier to manage the stresses that come with living in a big city. Also like a big sports game, the eclipse will draw lots of people together to experience something much larger than themselves, in community, he said.

"A lot of times it's tragedies that bring us together, but sometimes things like this do," he said.

− Claire Thornton

Texas Eclipse Festival cut short by weather

The Texas Eclipse Festival was canceled Monday in Burnet County, 50 miles northwest of Austin, because of weather concerns. The festival, which included bands and other events, began Sunday and was supposed to wrap up Tuesday.

"We regret to inform you of the severe weather forecast, including risks of high winds, tornadic activity, large hail, and thunderstorms for later today, including during the eclipse, Tuesday, and Wednesday," festival organizers said on their website. "Your safety is our top priority."

Festivalgoers were urged to leave early for safety and to beat traffic. Guests, however, were allowed to stay "provided they pack and are prepared to depart after totality."

Traffic jams, collisions mar eclipse watchers' travel

Traffic crashes and road delays were reported across the nation as Americans flocked to prime locations to gaze up at the rare solar eclipse . Local roads and highways in states including Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Vermont and New Hampshire were overwhelmed with eclipse chasers, many of whom were from out of state. The most intense bottlenecks appeared to be in the path of totality , where spectators will be able to view the full eclipse.

In Oklahoma, a crash around 7:30 a.m. local time narrowed eastbound lanes on I-40, a major transcontinental highway that runs from California to North Carolina. The crash occurred not far from several state parks that were hosting eclipse events, and it's also within driving distance of the full eclipse path, which includes parts of southeastern Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Multiple crashes were reported on an interstate in Waco, Texas, a city in the path of totality, where several festivities and eclipse viewing events were scheduled. The crashes all occurred on I-35, which runs from southern Texas to Minnesota.

"Expect major traffic delays in this area," the Texas Department of Transportation said in a statement .

− Christopher Cann

Airport draws a crowd of jets for eclipse

EAGLE PASS, Texas − Maverick County International Airport in Eagle Pass, Texas, usually sees maybe three private planes a day. By 10 a.m. CT on Monday, more than 10 planes crowded the tarmac, including Cessnas, Pipers and at least one corporate jet − all there to catch an early glimpse of the total solar eclipse. Eagle Pass will be one of the first American cities to witness the phenomenon. Some watchers, like Brandon Beck, 43, flew in Sunday night from San Diego and spent the night in a sleeping bag on the tarmac next to his friend’s Mooney single-prop piston four-seater.“We’re so lucky to be on a planet where the sun is the perfect size and perfect distance to create that effect,” he said. “It’s obligatory. We have to see it.”

First the Cherry Blossoms, then the eclipse

WASHINGTON − The Cherry Blossoms brought Ali and Aurore Youssouf to the city all the way from Paris, but the pair were delighted to learn that their trip would overlap with the eclipse. The day is extra special for Aurore Youssouf, 43, who has never seen an eclipse before. On Monday morning, the couple arrived by chance at the National Mall early enough to snag a few pairs of free eclipse glasses distributed by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for the occasion.“We didn’t even know. We just ended up here and found out that they were giving away some glasses,” said Ali Youssouf, 46.

Awaiting eclipse − and hail − in Texas

KERRVILLE, Texas − Forecasts called for considerable cloudiness, rain and possible hail, but retired NASA engineer Jeff Stone stayed positive as he and his wife prepared to host more than a dozen people for a watch party at their hilltop home in Texas Hill Country. Stone, an eclipse enthusiast who had met family in Missouri to watch the solar eclipse of 2017, said he recently reviewed video footage of that event and said current conditions weren’t that much different than they were back then.

“I’m outside and seeing patches of blue among scattered clouds, so we’re remaining hopeful,” he said.

About 150 miles to the northeast in Gatesville, lead pastor Eric Moffett of Coryell Community Church said a similar forecast did little to deter an expected gathering of about 800 visitors for the church’s family-oriented “Eclipse at the Crosses” event. Many, if not most, were from out of town or even out of country − Canada, Wales, France, Italy. Many locals were staying home to avoid the crowd, he said.

“It’s partly cloudy, but the sun is shining on me right now,” he said. “We are praying that it stays that way.”

− Marc Ramirez

What is the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?

A  total solar eclipse  occurs when the moon comes in between the Earth and the sun, blocking its light from reaching our planet, leading to a period of darkness lasting several minutes. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth. The Earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. Instead of that sunlight hitting the moon’s surface, Earth's shadow falls on it.

A lunar eclipse can last for a few hours, while a solar eclipse lasts only a few minutes. Solar eclipses also rarely occur, while lunar eclipses are comparatively more frequent. While at least two partial lunar eclipses happen every year, total lunar eclipses are still rare, NASA says. Another major difference: No special glasses or gizmos are needed to view the a lunar eclipse, and people can directly stare at the moon.

− Saman Shafiq

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Can you drive during the solar eclipse?

The  2024 solar eclipse  will shroud much of the United States in darkness on Monday, leaving many people to wonder: Is it safe to drive during the solar eclipse?

It is safe to drive during an eclipse as long as you don't look up at the sky. AAA is telling drivers to be focused on the road if they are operating a car during the total solar eclipse. But the automobile insurance company is advising Americans who want to safely view the total eclipse to "find a safe place to park (not on the side of a road or highway) away from other traffic and then wear your eclipse glasses," said Aixa Diaz, a spokeswoman from AAA.

"Pack your patience, whether traveling a great distance or locally," Diaz said. "People will be out and about to catch a glimpse of the eclipse."

A similar scenario  played out in 2017 during the nation's last total solar eclipse : Congestion in some areas lasted for up to 13 hours after totality,  according to Transportation Research News , a National Research Council publication. An analysis of traffic patterns from that year suggests the worst of the traffic – on interstates and rural back roads alike – will kick off after the eclipse ends and everyone tries to leave all at once.

− Kayla Jimenez

When will the next solar eclipse happen?

It will be 20 years before there's a chance to  witness a total solar eclipse  in the United States again. According to NASA, after Monday's total solar  eclipse , the next one viewable from the contiguous U.S. will be on Aug. 23, 2044.

Unfortunately, the 2044 total  solar eclipse  won't have the broad reach across the U.S. as the 2024 eclipse. The path of totality during the 2044 eclipse will only touch three states, according to the Planetary Society, a nonprofit involved in research, public outreach and political space advocacy. The eclipse will begin in Greenland, sweep through Canada and end around sunset in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

But another eclipse scheduledfor Saturday, Aug. 12, 2045, will trace a path of totality over California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

− Mary Walrath-Holdridge, Gabe Hauari and Eric Lagatta

Eclipse and pets: It's not the sky that's the problem

An  eclipse  itself isn't dangerous for domestic animals such as dogs and cats, but experts say it's probably best to not bring pets to  experience the April 2024 total solar eclipse . Experts' biggest concern is not what’s happening in the sky but on the ground as crowds of excited and  eager people gather , said Dr. Rena Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dogs especially will take their cues from their owners rather than  the celestial event.

“Rather than the effects of the eclipse, I would be more worried about the excitement and all of the people,” Carlson said.

− Elizabeth Weise

A guide to the solar eclipse for kids

Here's an easy-to read, illustrated guide to help kids understand what the  April 8 total solar eclipse  means, where it will be visible and how you can watch it safely. It also shows them how an ordinary kitchen colander can easily be used to view a solar eclipse − the colander's holes can project crescent images of the sun onto the ground. There are even pages that can be downloaded and colored.

Trump's eclipse experience lit up internet in 2017

Seven years ago, when the last  total solar eclipse  crossed over North America, a photo of then-President Donald Trump  seemingly gazing at the sun with his naked eyes set the internet ablaze . During the afternoon of Aug. 21, 2017, Trump, who was president at the time, was joined by then first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron  to watch the rare phenomenon from the Truman Balcony  at the White House. Photos taken by members of the media captured all three donning eclipse glasses while looking at the eclipse.

But at one point during the viewing, the former president was captured in photos and videos without proper eye protection, seemingly gazing directly at the sun. Looking at an eclipse before or after the brief phase of totality without proper eyewear  can lead to eye damage .

− Natalie Neysa Alund

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How to make a solar eclipse viewer

People who didn't manage to get their  hands on glasses  are not completely down and out. There are other safe ways to view the eclipse , say experts, and a lot of them only require a little bit of craftiness and items you can find lying around the house.

Steps to make the cereal box eclipse viewer (And here is a video aid) :

  • Get an empty, clean cereal box.
  • Cut a white piece of cardboard that will fit snuggly in the bottom of the box, or secure it permanently by gluing it in place.
  • Cut the top of the cereal box, removing both ends and leaving the center intact.
  • Put a piece of tape across the center of the top to securely hold it closed.
  • Tape a piece of heavy-duty foil or double a single layer for additional strength, covering one of the openings at the top of the cereal box. The other opening will remain open for viewing.
  • Using a small nail (approximately 3mm in diameter) push a hole in the foil.
  • Cover the entire box with construction paper, leaving the single-viewing opening and the foil uncovered.

The finished box should be held with the pin-hole side facing the sun. It may take a little practice pointing the box. With your back facing the sun, look through the viewing opening. A small image of the sun, about ½ cm in diameter, can be seen projected on the white paper inside the box.

− Mary Walrath-Holdrid

What is the path of the solar eclipse called?

Those in the direct line of the eclipse will be treated to an incredible sight as the moon completely blots out the sun's disk, ushering in uncharacteristic darkness and revealing the sun's elusive outermost layer called the corona. That moment is called "totality" and this year the path of totality crosses through 13 U.S. states.

The last total solar eclipse to cut through North America was in August 2017.

How to look at eclipse without glasses

A total solar eclipse offers skygazers the rare opportunity to witness the eclipse with the naked eye. However,  solar eclipse glasses  are still needed until totality is reached. 

Certified solar eclipse  glasses are crucial for spectators to avoid the sun's retina-damaging rays. But when the moon moves completely in front of the sun and blocks its light, you'll know it's  safe to remove the glasses  for a short period of time.

How fast does an eclipse shadow travel?

According to a post from the  National Weather Service  in Indianapolis on X, an eclipse shadow travels at speeds from 1,100 to 5,000 mph. Near the equator, it travels at around 1,100 mph and increases in speed as it approaches the poles.

The eclipse party is over? Time to recycle those glasses!

Astronomers Without Borders , or AWB, a non-profit organization running its second nationwide  eclipse glasses recycling drive . Her business will join over 300 schools, museums, city governments, commercial businesses, community organizations and local libraries that will collect and ship an estimated  millions of glasses  to be repurposed for use by underserved communities around the world in  future solar eclipses .

AWB launched its first run of the program after the last solar eclipse in 2017 when volunteer centers across the country collected millions of the glass. After vetting them for reuse, more than  half a million glasses were distributed to Africa, Asia and South America.

People can visit  AWB's website  to find their nearest participating collection center and learn more about recycling the glasses, said Andrew Fazekas, the organization's communication manager.  

"We figure there's probably going to be tens of millions of glasses out there at the very least," he said. "And most of them are probably very gently used."

Eclipse tourists should plan for overloaded cell networks

Tips to prepare in case a surge of visitors bogs down mobile service.

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If you witness nature’s majesty and can’t live-stream it on TikTok or post in your group chat, did it even happen?

In places around the United States where people will flock to see next week’s solar eclipse , some local officials have warned that mobile service could temporarily flake out .

Cellular networks sometimes bog down when people in one place all call, text, stream or post at once — like at a packed football game or, in this case, an opportunity to view a potentially once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.

These congestion hiccups to cellular networks are far less common than they used to be. But just as eclipse tourists might want to prepare for traffic jams and portable toilet shortages , it couldn’t hurt to plan ahead for potential mobile disruptions, too.

Here are some tips:

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Download, print or write down driving directions ahead of time

In case you don’t have mobile service for turn-by-turn directions, have a hard copy of driving instructions to wherever you’re going before or after your eclipse viewing.

Some apps including Apple Maps and Google Maps also let you download maps before your trip to find your way even without mobile service.

For Google Maps , put in the location where you’re going. Select your profile picture or initials in the upper-right corner of the screen. Pick “Offline maps” and then “Select your own map.”

Zoom in or out until you’ve highlighted the area you want to save. Tap “Download.”

Find that saved map again by following the same instructions. You can access turn-by-turn directions if your destination is in the downloaded map area.

For Apple Maps , search for the area where you’re traveling. Tap “Download” and zoom in or out to highlight the area you want to save.

You can access turn-by-turn directions even when you don’t have cell service. The only feature that won’t work without mobile reception is real-time traffic information.

Waze has more limited directions if you lose an internet connection during your drive.

Have a backup plan for emergency calls

Jacob Saur, administrator of Arlington County Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management in Virginia, suggested texting 911 in areas where that’s an option. He said texts are not typically as affected by wireless phone congestion.

Or if you can, call emergency services from a landline or a VoIP line that carries calls over the internet . If you’re in the range of a WiFi network, you can also route any mobile calls that way.

Lastly, some phone models have built-in options for using satellites to contact emergency services . Find out the options for your device before your eclipse trip.

This might not be necessary, but it doesn’t hurt to plan for emergencies.

Have cash handy

Some payment terminals for swiping your debit or credit card use the same mobile networks as your phone.

It’s possible they could stop working if you’re somewhere with a flock of visitors on their phones. In case that happens, have some cash on you.

Plan ahead to entertain the kids (and yourself)

Some digital entertainment apps let you download videos or music that work fine even when you’re not connected to the internet.

You can find download instructions for Netflix , YouTube , Disney Plus , Spotify and Prime Video . (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

You need to be a paying subscriber to Spotify’s and YouTube’s premium services to use those apps’ download features.

You can also download podcasts, e-books and audiobooks to your phone that will work without mobile service. ( We love Libby for free e-books and audiobooks from some public libraries.)

Or ditch the devices and brush up on rules for the I Spy road trip game .

Why do mobile networks flake during temporary surges in use?

Phone companies have spent a fortune, especially in the past five years , expanding and modernizing mobile networks, including for sudden spikes of mobile use.

Still, in eclipse tourist zones, you might have service, but it could be far slower than you’re used to.

Patrick Halley, president and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, compared it to a wedding if there are five times the number of expected guests. You might have to slice the cake into tiny pieces that won’t satisfy anyone.

But many local officials have planned for eclipse-related mobile phone surges.

Some areas in the eclipse’s path have brought in scaled-down cellphone towers to handle more network use. (Delightfully, these are referred to by animal shorthand: COWs and COLTs , for cell towers on wheels and cell towers on light trucks.)

Everything could work fine. Officials in Carbondale, Ill., which was in the path of an eclipse in 2017 and again this year , were worried seven years ago about overloaded water and sewage systems, overwhelmed emergency rooms and strained mobile networks, said Steven Mitchell, Carbondale’s economic development director.

But while visitors from Chicago sat in terrible traffic on their way home after the 2017 eclipse, most of the worst case scenarios didn’t happen. “Cell service was not impacted at all,” Mitchell said.

If overloaded networks do stop you from posting your selfies immediately, Halley had some philosophical advice: “Maybe put the phone down and enjoy the eclipse.”

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Dubai Launches Recognition Program for Indian Meetings Agents

Peden Doma Bhutia , Skift

April 7th, 2024 at 2:31 PM EDT

India's growing prominence in outbound MICE presents a significant opportunity that Dubai aims to leverage. The new recognition program targeting Indian intermediaries will definitely push agencies to promote Dubai as a preferred MICE destination.

Peden Doma Bhutia

Dubai Business Events, part of the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism and the city’s official convention bureau, on Monday will announce its first-ever recognition program for Indian intermediaries for meetings, incentives, conferences and events business.

The MICE Star Awards program recognizes agents in India and their role in solidifying Dubai’s position as a leading business events destination.

“The award recipients will be selected based on an evaluation process that considers both the volume and value of their business to Dubai’s business events and wider tourism ecosystem,” a statement from Dubai Business Events said.

Dubai’s exhibitions, conferences, seminars, and business events sector grew by 25% last year. Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) attracted 2.47 million participants in 2023.

DWTC noted that the strong performance in 2023 reflects Dubai’s economic growth and its role as an international platform for business and trade. The growth was driven by 301 events, marking a 23% increase compared to 2022.

In addition, Dubai secured 349 bids to host international conferences and meetings facilitated by Dubai Business Events, representing a 49% increase in successful bids from the prior year. These events are expected to bring in over 191,000 international delegates to the city.

A report by Dubai Pulse estimates that the events industry in Dubai was worth $44.7 billion in 2023, with an annual growth rate of 25% projected from 2023 to 2027. The industry currently supports 100,000 jobs in Dubai and is expected to create an additional 10,000 jobs over the next five years.

India’s Outbound MICE Potential

According to Dubai Business Events, the launch of the program highlights Dubai’s dedication to the Indian MICE market. In 2023, India emerged as the top source country for visitors to Dubai, reflecting the city’s popularity for business events.

Dubai has also introduced a five-year multiple entry visa for Indian travelers . “As a key market for Dubai, India will continue to play an integral role in enabling us to achieve the goals of the  D33 Agenda , further reinforcing Dubai’s position as a hub for business, investment and tourism,” said Bader Ali Habib, regional head of proximity markets at Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism.

ResearchAndMarkets.com forecasts that India’s outbound MICE tourism market will reach $13.4 billion by 2031. It said the growth in this sector is driven by economic factors, including government support, improved air connectivity, and increased awareness among businesses and individuals about the benefits of attending international events.

India’s business travel spending is set to reach $38 billion this year, with a projected full recovery to pre-2019 spending levels by 2025, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

“Companies prioritize in-person interactions with clients and suppliers to expedite projects. Professionals also embark on business trips to participate in meetings, events, and seminars,” Sunny Sodhi, managing director of FCM Travel India, told Skift earlier.

The pharmaceutical, finance, and manufacturing sectors are key drivers of India’s outbound MICE tourism.

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Solar eclipse 2024: Follow the path of totality

Thinking of taking a last-minute drive to see the eclipse here's what to know.

Geoff Brumfiel, photographed for NPR, 17 January 2019, in Washington DC.

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RV traffic sits at a standstill along a two-lane road near Madras, Ore., a few days before the 2017 total solar eclipse. Experts say traffic could be heavy, but eclipse watchers shouldn't necessarily be deterred. AFP Contributor/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

RV traffic sits at a standstill along a two-lane road near Madras, Ore., a few days before the 2017 total solar eclipse. Experts say traffic could be heavy, but eclipse watchers shouldn't necessarily be deterred.

NASA says that roughly 31.6 million people live in the path of this year's total solar eclipse, and a little under half of the U.S. population lives within 200 miles driving distance of the path of totality .

That could mean many millions of Americans will hit the road to get a better view on April 8. If you're still pondering whether or not you want to make the journey, here's what to consider.

Have some destinations in mind, and check the weather and cloud cover forecasts in advance

It's a good idea to scout out one or more locations within driving distance, so that you have some flexibility if traffic or weather is threatening your plans, says Jonathan Upchurch, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at Arizona State University who has studied travel around solar eclipses.

There are several interactive tools that show the path of totality, including Eclipse2024.org and the National Solar Observatory . You can use them to figure out what sites might work best for you.

In terms of weather, check not just the weather forecast, but also the cloud cover forecast. Some websites, such as Windy.com will predict cloud cover ahead of time, giving you a sense of whether you'll actually be able to see the eclipse in all its glory.

Everything you need to know about solar eclipse glasses before April 8

Everything you need to know about solar eclipse glasses before April 8

During the total solar eclipse in 2017, Upchurch says he chose to go to Idaho "because there were some great chances of having sunny skies, and I had the opportunity to be nimble and relocate if I wanted to."

Before driving into the path of totality, make sure your gas tank is full and that you've got everything you need

During the last total solar eclipse in 2017, it's estimated some 5 million people took to the roads, and those numbers will potentially be much higher this year.

Given all that, Upchurch says it's important to make sure you're taking what you need into the path of totality. You should make sure your car is gassed or charged up, and that you have plenty of snacks and water with you in case you get stranded for a while, especially when trying to leave.

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Simple tips to safely photograph the eclipse with your cellphone.

Also don't forget to bring eclipse glasses, which must be worn anytime you're looking at the sun, except for the few minutes when it is completely blocked by the moon.

Some state emergency planners also recommend bringing a paper map or road atlas in case cellular networks become overloaded with visitors seeking directions from their phones.

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Don't forget your eclipse glasses everyone!

Arrive early and stay late

Once you figure out where you're going to watch the eclipse, and you've got your supplies, try to get there early. Although traffic is likely to be heavier than normal on the morning of eclipse day, it still should be possible to reach many destinations without too much hassle, says Upchurch.

"Leaving is definitely going to be more of a problem," he says. As the eclipse concludes, people will take to the roads all at once to try and get home as fast as they can. In 2017, that led to traffic jams that lasted many hours in some areas. If possible, Upchurch says, people should stay put for a while to try and avoid the worst of the post-eclipse rush, which in 2017 stretched even into the following day in some parts of the country.

Here's what time the eclipse will be visible in your region

Here's what time the eclipse will be visible in your region

And one more thing: If you do find yourself on the move near the time of the eclipse, state officials stress that you should not simply pull over to the side of the road or highway you're driving on. It's important to be parked legally and safely at the moment of totality.

If you're already in the path of totality: Relax and enjoy!

Several major metropolitan areas including Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo are already inside the path of totality, so there's no need to seek a better view, Upchurch says. You'll probably have the most fun simply staying where you are.

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If you're on the edge of the path of totality, however, you might consider making a short trip to get closer to the center of the eclipse's path.

"If you're within about 40 miles of the center line, you'll have two-and-a-half minutes or more" of complete totality, Upchurch says. It's up to you to decide whether it's worth making the trip to a more central location.

Despite studying the potential hassles of traveling extensively, Upchurch says he's still looking forward to seeing the 2024 eclipse, which he plans to watch from Texas.

"Totality is absolutely spectacular," he says. "If you have a chance to witness it, I would do it."

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    You can pick up your ordered tourist SIM card immediately upon arrival in Dubai in Terminal 1, 2 or 3 of Dubai Airport. Here you can present your redemption ticket and redeem your booking. Outside the airport, only a few shops sell SIM cards to tourists, so it is recommended to pick it up at the airport immediately upon arrival in Dubai.

  2. Best Dubai SIM Cards for Tourists: 2024 Detailed Guide [+Internet & WiFi]

    Yes, choosing a Dubai SIM card or eSIM is the easiest and preferred way for travelers to get data and access the internet in Dubai. Despite other options like roaming, pocket Wi-Fi, and public Wi-Fi, many people prioritize using a SIM card or eSIM for several reasons. ... Using prepaid Dubai tourist SIM Cards. Purchasing a SIM card from ...

  3. Where to Get a SIM Card in Dubai

    Getting a SIM card in Dubai is a quick and easy process. Tourists above the age of 18 can get a complimentary Tourism SIM card from telecom operator du when they cross immigration at Dubai International Airport. Those with a transit visa, visit visa or visa on arrival, and GCC citizens can take advantage of this offer and receive 1GB free ...

  4. Tourist Sim

    20GB Data. 30 Flexi mins. Unlimited Internet Calls. Al Saada discounts. Valid for 28 days. Total AED 189.

  5. Best Dubai SIM Card for Tourists

    2. Etisalat Dubai Tourist SIM. Etisalat is the 18th largest mobile operator in the world and operates in more than 16 countries. Therefore, we can say that it is one of the best SIM cards for Dubai. You can get an Etisalat SIM from the Dubai airport when you land.

  6. Dubai tourist SIM card: Your complete guide to a UAE SIM

    Dubai tourist SIM card: du. du sim cards are available at DXB airport. Where to get your SIM: When you go through immigration, you will see blue telecom stands with the name du written on them. The telecom company offers tourists SIM cards. These are free to pick up for anyone over the age of 18 who has entered the country.

  7. Best Dubai Tourist Sim Card Guide 2024

    The main telecom service providers. Dubai has only 2 telecom service providers, Du and Etisalat. Majority of tourists staying in or near Dubai have reported no difference in signal strength, coverage or speed between the 2 networks. If you want to wander the untravelled paths then Etisalat is the best prepaid SIM card.

  8. How to Get a Sim Card in Dubai: DU, Virgin & Etisalat

    du Tourist SIM Card Package Details. The du free SIM in Dubai has a 1 GB Welcome Bonus valid for 24 hours. Here's the details of tourist plans by du: 20 GB du internet bundle valid for 28 days with 30 Flexi minutes for AED 189. The unlimited Data plan is valid for seven days with 100 Flexi minutes for AED 199.

  9. Tourist SIM Card Dubai

    Stay connected while visiting UAE with our Dubai Tourist SIM Card & get 21GB data for 7 days starting at AED 150. Get yours online or contact our airport team ... Free Internet Calling; AED 261.91. Unlimited Data. Valid for 30 days. Limit Unlimited GB. 30 mins/SMS Local; 20 mins/SMS Intl. Free Internet Calling; AED 500. View prices with 5% VAT .

  10. The Ultimate Guide to Tourist SIM Cards in Dubai 2023

    To be able to purchase and activate any SIM card in UAE, you need: to have your Passport. Non-citizens of the United Arab Emirates must submit a visa copy or stamp. to be at least 16 years old. In line with UAE Telecom Regulation, each passport holder is restricted to a single SIM card in the United Arab Emirates.

  11. Etisalat UAE

    Subscribe to Super Data Blocks to use data in emergency at AED 1.05 per 20 MB with a daily limit of AED 9.45 SMS 'SDB' to 1012 to subscribe. Local Premium Numbers with the prefix 600. Excluded from the allowances. Buy Etisalat visitor plan and get free Prepaid tourist SIM with unlimited data, flexi minutes, free wifi and discount on taxi ...

  12. Stay Connected with Mobile SIMs for Tourists in Dubai

    Dubai and the UAE have two major mobile internet providers: Etisalat and Du. Both companies offer a range of prepaid and postpaid data plans and eSIM cards. Etisalat is the largest telecom provider in the UAE and offers a variety of data plans, ranging from 1GB to 100GB per month.

  13. Buying a Prepaid Sim Card for Dubai in 2024

    Nomad has an e-sim card for Dubai that charges only around $2.2 USD per Gigabyte. Here are the Nomad e-sim card plans for Dubai in 2024. 1 GB data for 7 days = $8 USD. 3 GB data for 30 days = $11 USD. 5 GB data for 30 days = $13 USD. 10 GB data for 30 days = $22 USD. Click here to order an e-sim card for Dubai from Nomad.

  14. Best E-Sim Cards for Traveling to Dubai in 2024

    Here are Dubai e-sim card plans from Airalo for 2024: 1 GB data for 7 days = $8.5 USD. 3 GB data for 30 days = $22.5 USD. 5 GB data for 30 days = $35 USD. Click here to order an e-sim card for Dubai from Airalo. The Airalo e-sim cards for Dubai are from Burj Mobile and operate on the 4G/LTE network of Etisalat.

  15. Best Dubai SIM Card for Tourists (2023)

    Virgin Mobile UAE tourist SIM 10 days plan offers 40 GB of data (4GB/day), 30 local, and 20 international minutes. The price of this plan is AED 200, including the SIM card. The 15 Days Virgin UAE Tourist Plan offers 75 GB of data, 30 local minutes, 20 free international minutes, and a free Botim app for just 300 AED.

  16. How to get a Mobile SIM Card for tourists in Dubai

    Those planning a trip to Dubai can get a Virgin Mobile Tourist SIM card, which includes local and international minutes and data. Residents in Dubai can choose the Virgin Mobile SIM card for prepaid phone plans. This telecom company provides monthly, semi-annual, and annual mobile plans. These are the Virgin Mobile Tourist SIM Package details:

  17. How to get internet in Dubai: eSIM, SIM Card or wifi portable ...

    Buying a SIM card in Dubai is quite simple, in fact, at the airport you can get a free prepaid Dubai SIM card from the operator "Du" with which you have 1Gb free to enjoy the first 24 hours of your stay in the city of Dubai, then you can recharge it online through a card to travel abroad. You can find different plans and prices to connect to ...

  18. DEAL: Best Dubai Pocket WiFi & SIM Card for Tourists

    On the one hand, tourist SIM cards in Dubai have a fixed price of around $13 for 2 GB of data, $20 for 4 GB, & $32 for 8 GB. On the other hand, renting a pocket WiFi in Dubai starts at $4.5 per day and you can choose the number of rental days. ... Best Tourist SIM Card in Dubai. Experience fast internet speeds for your trip when you purchase ...

  19. Pocket Wifi Dubai

    Improve the way you travel. My Webspot provides you with unlimited internet access during your stay in Dubai with day passes. A day pass works from 00:01 to 23:59 local Dubai's time. Each day pass in Dubai includes 512 Mb in high speed 4G/LTE and reduce speed above until the next day. Day passes are activated automatically everyday during your ...

  20. Prepaid SIM card for Dubai: Where to Buy in 2024?

    Another option to buy a tourist Dubai SIM card is through Du. The operator offers a Free Tourist SIM that you can apply for on their website. It will be given to you by Dubai Immigration Officer at passport control. You will need your passport information, and the SIM card will include 1 GB, valid for 24 hours.

  21. Best eSIM for Dubai: Which one to buy?

    Etisalat eSIM card for Dubai. When you arrive in Dubai you will find a physical LG U+ operator store, the second most popular in the country. The virtual SIM card of this company has the following characteristics: Internet packages to share with other devices. Chat service and support on the operator's web.

  22. How to get internet with an eSIM in Dubai?

    SimOptions, a marketplace to compare local brands. Conclusion on which is the best eSIM for Dubai. Other options for getting internet in Dubai. 1. Buy Etisalat and Du SIM cards in Dubai. 2. Renting a Pocket WiFi for Dubai. 3. Search for free WiFi networks in Dubai.

  23. Top Dubai Internet Packages for home: Etisalat & du

    Some users prefer a wireless internet service. 5G Package with 1,000 GB data and StarzPlay for AED 299. 4G Package with 300 GB data and StarzPlay for AED 199. The best home internet packages in Dubai can meet your particular requirements.

  24. When is the next total solar eclipse after 2024? Future date, path

    According to NASA, after Monday's total solar eclipse, the next one viewable from the contiguous U.S. will be on Aug. 23, 2044. Solar eclipse 2024 live updates: Watch live video and see what time ...

  25. Solar Eclipse: Watch NASA's Live Stream

    April 8, 2024. Watch live coverage from NASA of the total solar eclipse. Those in the path of totality, where the moon's shadow completely blocks the sun, will see the sky darken like dusk. NASA ...

  26. Solar eclipse live updates: See video and photos of the sky spectacle

    New Englanders travel for better view of the eclipse. Crowds ballooned into the thousands midday Monday in the center of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, as the nearly cloudless sky and warm sun boosted ...

  27. Eclipse tourists should plan for overloaded cell networks

    But many local officials have planned for eclipse-related mobile phone surges. Some areas in the eclipse's path have brought in scaled-down cellphone towers to handle more network use ...

  28. How elite horses travel to one of the world's biggest racing events

    The Dubai World Cup is among the world's biggest horse racing events, with a total of more than $30 million in prize money. Pictured, 2024 winner Laurel River, with jockey Tadhg O'Shea, leads ...

  29. Dubai Launches Recognition Program for Indian Meetings Agents

    A report by Dubai Pulse estimates that the events industry in Dubai was worth $44.7 billion in 2023, with an annual growth rate of 25% projected from 2023 to 2027.

  30. Last-minute travel tips to see the total solar eclipse

    NASA says that roughly 31.6 million people live in the path of this year's total solar eclipse, and a little under half of the U.S. population lives within 200 miles driving distance of the path ...