UAE Phone Codes

Page update - Sep 20, 2022

What numbers to dial to call to the UAE, from the UAE to abroad, within the country? How to know by the numbers where the call came from? Read the answers on this page.

The information on this page is current as of September 2022. Latest news: short numbers #XX appeared in the UAE. All the details are below.

The United Arab Emirates country code


Telephone codes for cities and emirates

Important note! If a phone number is dialed from abroad, you must dial the city (or operator) code in short, i.e., without the front "0". If calling from within the UAE, you must dial in full, that is, including the first "0".

For example, the telephone number of the Mall of Emirates.

If calling from abroad: +971 4 4099000

If calling from a number in the UAE: 04 4099000

The city codes in the table below:

City (Emirate) Code for calls from abroad For calls within the country
Al Karama district (code no longer in use) 1 01
Emirate of Abu Dhabi 2 02
Al Ain city 3 03
Emirate of Dubai 4 04
Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain 6 06
Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah 7 07
Emirate of Fujairah 9 09

The mobile operator codes in the table below:

Operator Code for calls from abroad For calls within the country
Etisalat 50, 54, 56 050, 054, 056
DU 52, 55, 58 052, 055, 058

Special numbers:

Purpose Code for calls from abroad For calls within the country
Toll free (free of charge for the caller) 800 800
Shared cost services 200, 600 200, 600
Etisalat short - #XX

A very interesting point

Attentive readers have noticed that the telephone code 01 is reserved for the unknown city of Al-Karama. What kind of city is this? There is no such city! And why is the 01 code given to this non-existent city?

The answer. The original idea was that the capital of the newly established UAE was not to be in Abu Dhabi, but in a completely new city, which was to be built in the middle between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is the city of Al Karama. But then the idea was abandoned, but the code remained.

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Shared cost services

Some readers have the question, "What are Shared cost services?"

The answer. These are numbers to which a part of the connection fee is paid by the owner of the number. That is, the call cost is less for the caller.

Such numbers are used for commercial purposes. For example, a TV channel arranges a live telephone survey. To get more people to call and take part, Shared cost services are used with a call price of 2 or 3 times cheaper than normal.

Goods, grocery or food delivery services often use such numbers. A call with an order is cheaper or even free for a customer. In the photo near see the ad for Cinnabon in Abu Dhabi, offering their buns with delivery and a 20% discount. As you can see, the ad has a phone number with the 600 prefix.

Or if the company sells paid consultations by phone, then again Shared cost services are used, but with a higher minute price. Often the price for consultations exceeds the price of an ordinary conversation.

Of course, many countries also have such surveys and pay-per-call services. But not always there are special numbers pools for this purpose. But in the UAE there is such a system.

What is the #XX number?

These are special short numbers introduced by Etisalat in the summer of 2022. A total of 40 such numbers were introduced in 2022. The numbers were auctioned off. The starting price for number #10 was AED 200,000! Who bought what number in the end? At what price? Unknown. Commercial secret.

As of the time this page was updated (September 2022), there is no information yet on the start of using these numbers. We'll wait and see. By the way, the numbers are not necessarily 2, there may be more. For example, the following numbers have been sold: #55555, #1234, #1000000.

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How to dial TO the Arab Emirates

Usually. From mobile: +971 (UAE) - city or operator code - subscriber number.

For example: +971 4 4099000

Usually. From a landline: exit to long distance - exit to international - 971 (UAE) - city or operator code - subscriber's number.

For example: 011 971 4 4099000 (US) or 00 971 4 4099000 (Europe)

All subscriber numbers in the UAE consist of 7 digits since 2000. The only exceptions are 200, 600 and 800. It was quite a good decision, because it is much more convenient than "multiplying" telephone codes.

There are now about 2,000,000 landlines and about 13,800,000 cell phones in the Arab Emirates.

How to dial FROM the UAE

00(or +) - Country code - city or operator code - subscriber number.

For example: 00 44 303 1237300 or +443031237300

How to call within one emirate and to another

If you need to call within the same code. For example from Dubai (04) to Dubai (04), just dial the number of the subscriber.

For example: 4099000

If you need to call another code, 0 - city code or operator - subscriber's number.

For example: 0 04 4099000

Note that the code must be dialed in full, that is, with the first "0". Although it often happens that even without the first "0" it works.

How to call the emergency services

From any phone in the UAE (mobile or landline) you can call for free and without any additional digits:

- Police - 999 (emergency) or 901 (non-emergency);

- Ambulance Service - 998;

- Fire Department - 997;

- Coast Guard - 996;

- Emergency utilities - 991;

How to call from Skype, WhatsApp and other messengers

All calls via messengers are illegal in the UAE. Operators Etisalat and DU block VoIP packets, and messengers most often do not work for calls, only chat. Calling to the Arab Emirates from another country using messenger is not prohibited. Dial +971.

Read our page "How to call from the UAE" to learn about cheap calls from the UAE.

Read our page "Internet in the UAE" to learn about cheap traffic and local SIMs.

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