For decades, Dubai has been a central point for global trade and communications - and it has embraced the explosion in new digital communications. Internet access across the city is fast and easily accessible in public areas as well as businesses. The telephone network is extensive and reliable, there is a good domestic postal service, and fast international shipping is also available.

Dubai Quick Facts


Capital
Dubai
Area
41132 km²
Population
2 213 8454 hab.
Language
Arabic
Currency
Dirham (AED)
Electricity
220 v / 50 Hz
Dial code
971
Time zone
GMT +4 hours

Thanks to its old maritime trade routes, Dubai has for many decades been a hub of global communication. Today, thanks to the explosion in digital technology and networks spanning the globe, that reputation continues.

Most modern tourists and travellers in Dubai can take internet connectivity for granted. Almost every hotel now offers some form of internet access for guests, with many offering in-room Wi-Fi, public hotspots and business facilities, either for free or at additional cost. Wi-Fi is also very common in cafés, shopping malls and other public spaces. Speeds are fast, and connecting is relatively hassle-free, allowing smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptop computers to get online. For those without their own internet-enabled devices, internet cafés are abundant.

Dubai has extensive and reliable telephone networks – both mobile and landline. Visitors can pick up local prepaid Etisalat phone cards, which generally offer the cheapest way to make both local and international calls, and which can also be used to access Etisalat Wi-Fi hot spots. You can use your existing phone service in Dubai if your phone supports multiband GSM. Alternatively, it’s also very easy to purchase a SIM card for your own mobile phone for the duration of your stay, or to simply rent a phone – an increasingly popular option. The international dialling code for the UAE is 971, and the Dubai Emirate code is 4, with local numbers consisting of seven digits.

Dubai has an wide postal service, with standard post collected from red post boxes dotted around the city. Mail can also be posted at most hotels, from where you can also buy stamps. Express postal services are available from post offices. International deliverer also FedEx operates in Dubai, but they are more expensive than the local postal service. Fax facilities are available at most hotels, and at shops advertising typing and photocopying services.

If you’re staying in Dubai for a while, you may wish to receive mail by poste restante. This is possible by using a public PO box number, which are available from post offices. Hotels often also have PO box numbers which they may make available for guests – ask your concierge if this is a service you require.

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