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Power Plugs, Sockets, Voltage in the UAE


Page update - Sep 16, 2022

If you read the pages of travel forums or reviews of the UAE on the Internet, you can find conflicting answers to the question, "What are the power sockets in the UAE?"

Someone says they are exactly like in the UK. And someone claims that the UAE sockets are compatible with EU plugs or plugs used in India. Who's right? Who's wrong? Let's figure out.

Power standards in the UAE - 230V/50Hz

Power supply standards in the UAE are 230 volts and 50 Hz AC frequency. Everything is exactly the same as in the UK, EU countries, India and most of the countries in the world.

BUT, it is NOT the same as in the US and Canada. In this case you will probably need the special power adapter. But maybe you will not need it, depending on the features of your devices. We will talk about the adapters in detail later on this page.

Socket standards

Three types of power sockets are used in parallel in the UAE: Type C (EuroPlug), Type D (Indian), and Type G (British). Each hotel has the right to choose which outlets to install in the rooms. Some hotels use combined outlets.

Type G (on the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge) is the modern British standard. It is used not only by the UK, but also by the former colonies and territories: Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Read about the times of the British protectorate in the UAE in our review "History of the UAE".

Common for continental Europe, Type C (Euro) plugs do not fit into Type G (British) outlets. US plugs also do not fit into Type G. If you use plugs from the US or Europe, then you need an adapter.

Type C is a regular EuroPlug, compatible with electrical devices in the EU countries. No problem for Europeans (except the UK), but problems for tourists from the UK, US, Canada and a few other countries.

Type D - this is the old standard, which was used in the UK until 1947. The British themselves no longer use it, but it remained in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.

Type C (Euro) plugs fit into type D outlets, but sometimes the contact is bad. Type G (British) do not fit. US and Canada plugs do not fit. Very few hotels have installed type D outlets in the rooms.

How to find out the type of outlets in the hotel in advance

Unfortunately, none of the booking sites does not provide such information. Tour operators, who sell package tours, also do not pay proper attention to this problem. This situation is sad.

There are only two options left. The first is to read the hotel reviews with the hope that someone who has already been there will tell you about the type of power sockets in the rooms. The second is to find the hotel's email address and send an email with the question about sockets.

According to experience, the second option works much better.



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Where to buy a power adapter

If the plug type of your devices is different from the hotel's sockets type then you will need a power adapter.

It's not always that easy to buy. Most stores simply do not sell them, because they are not in demand. The better option is to buy a universal adapter with the transition "all-to-all", they can sometimes be found in hardware stores (pictured near, click to enlarge).

In the vast majority of cases you can get an adapter at the hotel reception. This solution is used by most travelers faced with this problem.

You can buy such an adapter in many stores in the United Arab Emirates. It costs from 10 to 40 dirhams. See the actual exchange rates in our review "What money in the UAE".

The conclusion is simple. If you want to save money, then try to buy the adapter in advance. If you are ready to open your wallet, then don't keep this problem in mind and will buy/rent on the spot.

For tourists from the US and Canada

In this case you will probably need the 240<->120 voltage converter.

First, you need to check the voltage allowance of your devices. Fortunately, most modern devices can use a long range of voltages - from 100 to 240 volts. If so, the problem is solved. That is, you will not need the converter, but you will need only the adapter.

If your device can use only 110/120 volts then you will need the voltage converter. It is rather expensive and heavy. For example the simple 100 watt converter in the photo near weighs approximately 1 pound (450 grams) and costs from USD 20 to 30. Pay attention! It is only 100 watts, which is not enough for a laptop.

In most cases it is better to think about how to eigher replace the device, or vacation without this device, or maybe replace the power supply unit of this device.

Another good advice

If you travel with the family then you will need many sockets. Every family member has his/her own smartphone, some have laptops or tablets. Everybody wants to charge gadgets.

Take a socket block with you. The benefits are great. First, you will have enough sockets for the whole family. Second, you will need only one power adapter to connect the socket block to the electrical network in the hotel. Third, you will protect your devices from voltage surges.

Great idea. A socket block is not very large and weighty. 6-socket block is 300-600 grams (0.7-1.1 pounds).



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Interesting facts about Type G

Until 1947, the British used 3 different types of sockets at once, which was extremely inconvenient. In 1947, the British developed a new standard BS 1363, which became uniform in England and all overseas territories of the British Empire.

Type G plugs proved to be the safest plugs in the world. The cable from the plug only goes downward, making it less likely to be accidentally snagged. The prongs of the plugs are insulated along their entire length, except for the tip, which is clearly visible in the photo near (click on the photo to enlarge).

The Type G sockets have special safety shutters that keep foreign objects out.

The maximum amperage for sockets and plugs type G is 13 amps. For this reason, the British themselves call them "13-amp plug" or slang "13-amp". In England, this is not the only type of socket, there is another - BS 4573 or "Shaver Socket", which is used for electric shavers and toothbrushes.

How to plug the C plug into the G outlet (EMERGENCY NEEDS)

We highly recommend NOT doing something like this. We only write these instructions if you really need to plug your C (Euro) plug into a G (British) outlet, for an emergency need.

It is possible, because the round prongs of the C plug have a diameter of 4 mm (0.157 in) and a length of 19 mm (0.75 in). The holes of the British "type G" are rectangular 4 by 6.35 mm (0.157 by 0.25 in) and 17.1 (0.673 in) mm deep. Theoretically, they are compatible, but in practice, the type G sockets are covered with shutters.

These shutters open when a ground pin is inserted into the top hole. This pin is always present on G plugs. And even if the grounding is not needed, they make a plastic pin just to open the curtains of the main holes.

So, you insert some ling object into the top grounding hole, the shutters open, and you can insert a normal plug into the British socket.

Again! Do not use this method all the time, you can cause a spark and a fire. This method is for emergencies only.

More information

For more information on what to bring with you in the UAE, in addition to the plug adapter, read our review "What to take to the UAE".

For more information on how much money to take with you, in addition to the plug adapter cost, read our review "How much money to take to the UAE".

Have a great time in the UAE, and read our helpful pages about the country (see the pages link below).

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Power Sockets & Voltage in the UAE

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