Telephones in the UAE
The international code for the
UAE is +971. The local code for Abu Dhabi
is 02, Al Ain 03, Dubai 04, Sharjah
06, Amman 06, UAQ 06, RAK, 07, Fujairah
09. There are two telecoms providers, Etisalat and du. Mobile numbers are preceded by 050 or 055.
The numbers are usually 7 digits in length, and between Emirates local codes
should be dialled. Within each Emirate the code should be dropped, and but
calling from mobile to Dubai Land Line would require the 02 code. Calling from
overseas requires the dropping of the 0. E.g. +971 (0) 4 765 4321.
Roaming can be expensive, and so
it might be worth switching off data until you get to a free wireless area. It
might also be useful to get a separate local SIM card for your trip, especially
if you will be making many calls, local or otherwise. To get this you need to
take your passport (plus a photocopy of your visa and entry stamp, and passport
page, if you can do this easily) to any Etisalat telephone store. (Or Du as
well if you are in Dubai). You pay
Dhs 75 to get the SIM card and this includes Dhs 25 worth of calls. You should
get it directly from Etisalat or Du as activation will be a maximum of 1 day
versus up to a week if you go to one of the smaller shops. If you are flying in
to the UAE on a regular basis, it makes sense to get a local SIM, and if you
know someone who can do this beforehand for you, it can make things easier for
you. Phone call charges are minimal. VOIP services such as Skype are banned in
the UAE although some expats figure ways to get round this.