The United Arab Emirates' are well known for their lavish hotels, luxury shopping & status as a playground for the world's ultra wealthy.
Unsurprisingly, the UAE also has some of the most expensive cellular data rates in the world.
There are two mobile carriers in the UAE, and each have a Tourist SIM Card available for international visitors.
Du UAE Prepaid Tourist SIM is available free of charge upon arrival at immigration. Unfortunately it only includes a miniscule 20MB of data, and is only valid for 3 days. The minimum recharge for Du Prepaid Tourist SIM is AED 55 (~USD $15) which gets you 500MB of data valid 7 days.
Etisalat UAE Visitor Line SIM includes 1GB of data valid for 30 days for AED 105 (~USD $28.50).
Each can be purchased from their respective Du or Etisalat shops in the arrivals hall of Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport. Once you have cleared immigration, you must register your passport details to obtain a SIM Card. Prepaid credit can be added by visiting one of the carrier's shops throughout the Emirates.
If you wish to be able to connect the moment you land on the tarmac and avoid battling the queue at the terminal, and having to present your passport and fiddling around with swapping a new SIM into your phone after a long flight
We recommend you buy a Flexiroam X SIM Starter Kit from us before you travel.
Flexiroam X provides 4G coverage in the UAE using the Du network.
The Starter Kit includes 100MB of data that works in 160 countries. The data is valid for 360 days.
Additional Data Plans can be purchased easily via the Flexiroam X App.
The Flexiroam X service does not expire and can be used on your next trip to the UAE or wherever else your next trip takes you.
For those of you with one of the following eSIM enabled phones:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS Max Global
- iPhone XR
- iPad Pro 3rd Gen (12.9 inch, WiFi+Cellular)
- iPad Pro 3rd Gen (12.9 inch, 1TB, WiFi+Cellular)
- iPad mini 5th Gen
- iPad Air 3rd Gen
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 2020
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 4
- Galaxy Fold LTE
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy S20, s20+ and S20 Ultra (Single SIM Nano-SIM and/or eSIM models )
You can simply purchase the eSIM and download it directly to your device!