How to Dial an International Call to the UAE

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How to Dial an International Call to the UAE
Calling the United Arab Emirates requires knowing a dialling prefix and country and city codes. (dubai marina image by Handjani from

The seemingly endless string of numbers required for international dialling can be confusing, but making international calls is easy once you learn to identify the different components of the phone numbers. Calling a number in the United Arab Emirates is no exception. Phone numbers in the country contain three parts, plus you'll need to determine dialling needs specific to your country of origin. When you have those, you'll have no problem calling your hotel in Dubai, your friend in Abu Dhabi or your business contact in Ajman.

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    Determine the international dialling prefix for the country from which you are making the call. For the United States, Canada and much of the Caribbean, this prefix is 011. The code is 00 for most of Europe and much of the rest of the world. Parts of Asia, including Thailand, Japan and Cambodia, use 001. A few countries have longer codes or multiple codes for various service providers. If you're using a mobile device, you often can replace the exit code with the "+" sign.

  2. 2

    Note the city code for the city you are trying to call. The United Arab Emirates' largest city, Dubai, uses the code 4. The second-largest city, Abu Dhabi, uses 2, Al Ain uses 3 and Dibba uses 9. Ajman, Dhayd, Falaj-al-Mualla, Sharjah and Umm-al-Qaiwain all share the city code 6. The remaining cities have two digit codes: Aweer uses 58, Fujairah uses 70, Khawanij uses 48, Ras-al-Khaimah uses 77 and Tarif uses 88.

  3. 3

    Check the phone number you are dialling. Without country and city codes, phone numbers in the United Arab Emirates are seven digits long, just as in the United States and Canada. Depending on where you retrieved the number, it might contain an extra 0 before the seven-digit number. This is known as a trunk code, which is used to dial within a country, similar to the 1 used before long distance numbers in the United States. Do not use this extra zero when dialling.

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    Calculate the time in the United Arab Emirates to ensure you're calling at a reasonable hour. The time there is four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. So, 8 p.m. in New York outside of daylight saving time, for example, is 4 a.m. in the United Arab Emirates.

  5. 5

    Dial the number in this order: the international dialling prefix; the United Arab Emirates country code, which is 971; the city code; and the seven-digit phone number. If you're in a hotel or office, you might also first have to dial whatever number is required to reach an outside line.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're planning lengthy or frequent phone calls to the United Arab Emirates, look into prepaid cards or U.A.E.-specific calling plans. These provide much lower rates than the basic rate of dialling directly, according to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Check with your phone service provider's international rates before dialling. International phone calls costs can add up quickly.

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