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Tourist SIM Cards in Dubai 2024 [Expat recommends]

If you plan to visit Dubai, you're in for a treat. This vibrant city in the Middle East vistas. To stay connected during your visit,...

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If you plan to visit Dubai, you're in for a treat. This vibrant city in the Middle East vistas. To stay connected during your visit, you'll need a tourist SIM card. This guide provides you with all the information you need to obtain one in Dubai.


Dubai city view with tourists
Tourist SIM Card in Dubai

Why Get a Tourist SIM Card in Dubai?

  1. Firstly, it ensures you're always connected, allowing you to share your adventures online, chat with family and friends, and use online maps to explore.

  2. Secondly, it's a cost-saving option. Using your home network in Dubai might result in high roaming charges, but a local SIM can help you avoid those hefty bills.

  3. Thirdly, getting a SIM card in Dubai is a breeze. You'll spot several kiosks selling them right from the moment you enter Dubai International Airport. If not there, the city's major malls and tourist spots also offer them.

Where to Buy a Tourist SIM Card for Dubai?

Airports

As soon as you land at Dubai International Airport, you'll find kiosks and counters offering tourist SIM cards. It's the most convenient place to get one right after your arrival.


TelcoWorld Tip

The prices at the airport are the same as the ones in the city stores and online.


Local Telecom Providers

Du Telecom, Virgin Mobile UAE, and Etisalat are the primary telecom providers in Dubai. They have numerous branches throughout the city where you can buy and activate a SIM card.


Malls and Tourist Centers

Major shopping malls and tourist centers in Dubai also have outlets where you can purchase SIM cards.


What Documents Do You Need for a SIM Card in UAE?

To be able to purchase and activate any SIM card in UAE, you need:

  • to have your Passport. Non-citizens of the United Arab Emirates must submit a visa copy or stamp.

  • to be at least 16 years old.

In line with UAE Telecom Regulation, each passport holder is restricted to a single SIM card in the United Arab Emirates.


Tourist SIM Card Packages

Package

Data

Calls

Validity

Price

Du Tourist SIM 2GB Data

2GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 49

Appr. USD 13.35

Du Tourist SIM 6GB Data

6GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 99

Appr. USD 26.96

Du Tourist SIM 10GB Data

10GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 139

Appr. USD 37.85

Du Tourist SIM 20GB Data

20GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 189

Appr. USD 51.46

Du Tourist SIM Unlimited Data 7 days

Unlimited

100 minutes (local & international)

7 days

AED 199

Appr. USD 54.19

Du Tourist SIM Unlimited Data 14 days

Unlimited

100 minutes (local & international)

14 days

AED 299

Appr. USD 81.42

TelcoWorld Tips

  • Free SIM card at Dubai Airport, including 1GB of free data

  • Free internet calling using the Botim app (except 2GB package)


Package

Data

Calls

Validity

Price

Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 21GB Data

21GB

30 local min

20 int. min

7 days

AED 150

Appr. USD 40.87

Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 60GB Data

60GB

30 local min

20 int. min

15 days

AED 200

Appr. USD 54.50

Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM Unlimited Data

Unlimited

30 local min

20 int. min

15 days

AED 300

Appr. USD 81.74

Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM Unlimited Data

Unlimited

30 local min

20 int. min

30 days

AED 500

Appr. USD 136.24

TelcoWorld Tips

  • 3GB limit per day for Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 21GB Data

  • 4GB limit per day for Virgin Mobile UAE Tourist SIM 60GB Data

  • Free internet calling using the Botim app for Unlimited Data packages


Package

Data

Calls

Validity

Price

Prepaid Visitor Line

2GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 49

Appr. USD 13.34

Prepaid Visitor Line +

4GB

​30 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 79

Appr. USD 21.53

Prepaid Visitor Line Premium

8GB

​120 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 125

Appr. USD 34.06

Prepaid Visitor Line Premium +

22.5GB

​525 minutes (local & international)

28 days

AED 200

Appr. USD 54.50

Prepaid Visitor Line Unlimited Data Plan 7 days

Unlimited

​100 minutes (local & international)

7 days

AED 200

Appr. USD 54.50

Prepaid Visitor Line Unlimited Data Plan 14 days

Unlimited

​300 minutes (local & international)

14 days

AED 319

Appr. USD 86.92

TelcoWorld Tips

  • 500MB GoChat Data promo for Prepaid Visitor Line Premium and Premium +

  • Unlimited GoChat Data promo for Prepaid Visitor Line Unlimited Data Plans


Package

Data

Calls

Validity

Price

Airalo Burj Mobile 1GB

1GB

-

7 days

Appr. AED 31.20

USD 8.5

Airalo Burj Mobile 3GB

3GB

-

30 days

Appr. AED 82.58

USD 22.5

Airalo Burj Mobile 5GB

5GB

-

30 days

​Appr. AED 128.45

USD 35

TelcoWorld Tips

  • Easy apply via Airalo app

  • eSIM


Summary

If you're planning a trip to Dubai, it's important to stay connected while you explore the stunning scenery and vibrant city life. This guide will help simplify the process of getting a tourist SIM card, so you can stay connected without overspending. Whether you're arriving at Dubai International Airport or visiting the city's malls and tourist sites, there are many options available to choose from. With a variety of packages to fit any budget or need, it's easy to find the perfect SIM card for your trip. Keep this guide handy as you get ready for your journey to this amazing Middle Eastern destination, and enjoy seamless connectivity throughout your travels. Have a safe trip!


Let us know if you have any questions or need help activating a SIM card. Leave us a comment.

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