Best Dubai Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Dubai Sim Card

Last updated on April 8th, 2021 at 03:33 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Dubai sim card for tourist. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card in Dubai. Why?

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides, reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals. Read here how to get from Abu Dhabi airport to city center, Dubai airport to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi airport to Dubai and Dubai airport to city center.

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DUBAI TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Dubai is great. Unless you go to the dessert or any place far from the cities. I didn’t go out so far and the connection was great all the time. Plus you can also get wifi in the hotels and malls.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Dubai. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Dubai tourist sim card in the airport because prices and packages are the same than in an official store.

Also you can book online in advance with Klook it can be a great option if you are prefer saving time.

GETTING FREE DUBAI PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting a free sim card in Dubai airport is simple and easy. When you are getting to Dubai International Airport they will offer you a free sim card for Dubai. You can also get online before your trip with Klook a pocket wifi. Make sure you are bringing your passport when buying in the airport, pick up service, or in a shop since it’s always required.

You can get your free sim card in Dubai airport and top up. The free sim card in Dubai has 3 minutes local or international calls plus 20 MB data valid for 3 days. It’s little but it’s free! And if you need to arrange transportation or meeting someone the first day can be really useful. The company offering the free sim card in Dubai is Du and in this way they will make sure you top up with them.

WHERE TO GET YOUR DUBAI TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Dubai sim card almost anywhere from the airport to the mall and phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages. It depends on how long you will be in Dubai and how much data you will need. There are packages starting from 7 days, 14 days until 30 days sim card for tourists in Dubai.

You can also get online before your trip with Klook a pocket wifi.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD DUBAI COMPARISON

There are only two phone operators in Dubai: Du and Etisalat. They have similar packages and prices. It’s not cheap the Dubai sim card since everything is expensive food and accommodation. About coverage is also great both of them talking about the cities. We will tell you below in this prepaid sim card Dubai comparison with Du and Etisalat. And we will give you one more option with Virgin Dubai which is great if you stay in Dubai for 30 days.

Du Tourist Sim

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Du Dubai prepaid sim card prices and packages are the cheapest in Dubai. About the coverage will work great in the city similar like Etislat. Make sure you get your free sim card in the airport and top up. There are 3 packages for sim card for tourists in Dubai with Du.

You can get for 55 AED= $15 USD with 500 MB and 20 minutes local calls is valid for 7 days. If you prefer longer you can get for 75 AED=$20 USD with 2 GB and 40 minutes is valid for 14 days. And also for 110 AED=$30 USD with 3.5 GB and 50 minutes is valid for 14 days.

Etisalat Dubai

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Etisalat has more expensive packages and prices than Du with similar coverage around the country. Etisalat Dubai sim card prices for tourists are: 50 AED=$13 USD with 1 GB and 40 minutes calls valid for 7 days. 125 AED=$34 USD with 2 GB data only plus 40 minutes calls 200 AED=$54 USD with 7.5 GB and 175 minutes calls and 40 sms. In both of them are valid 14 days the sim card for tourists. It’s very little data for that price comparing with other countries in Asia and Europe.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN DUBAI

Virgin Mobile Dubai

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Virgin Mobile Dubai that operates with Du network. They offer packages with more data than Du and Etisalat. You can get for 125 AED=$34 USD with 6 GB data and 50 minutes calls. There are more packages where you can get for 263 AED=$70 USD 20 GB data with local calls and all of them valid for 30 days.

POCKET WIFI DUBAI

If you prefer to bring Pocket Wifi in Dubai a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Dubai you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices.

If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs. The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

DUBAI SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Dubai Sim Card Conclusion is getting Du free sim card and top up later. This option is the best until 14 days. If you stay longer maybe I would go for Virgin that offers more data and Virgin Mobile Dubai prepaid sim card for tourists last for 30 days. You will have to check your needs and how much data you will need in Dubai for taking the decision.

You can also get online before your trip with Klook a pocket wifi.

BEST TIME TO VISIT DUBAI

Dubai has a really hot desert climate. Summer (late May to September) is scorching hot that it’s uncomfortable for people who are not used to this weather.

We suggest that you visit during winter (November to March) when the weather is good for outdoor activities. If you have booked your travel during summer, don’t worry as there are many things to do in Dubai to beat the heat- like going to the mall, etc.

Check here the weather in Dubai!

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE IN DUBAI AND ATMS

The currency of Dubai is called Dirham and this is the money you will use while you travel around the country. And the exchange rate is €1= 4.4 AED. Also if you are bringing debit card you will find many ATM’s all over Dubai. You can pay in most of the places with card.

Click here to know the exact rate!

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL DUBAI

For food budget travel in Dubai we have to say that’s affordable. You can get snack meals in local places for €5-7 per person trying different choices. For decent meals expect to pay €15 per person in a restaurant.

WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI

A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Dubai. Where you can sleep in a dorm room starting from $20-30 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-90 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $200 USD.

If you are traveling in Dubai outside the peak season prices will be much cheaper. You can also try Airbnb in Dubai. Get a pretty sweet discount for your first Airbnb booking in Dubai!

Book your accommodations in Dubai through Agoda or Booking.

Click here to get a discount booking activities with Klook in Dubai!

You can also try AirBnB in Dubai with prices starting from $40 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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