Calls to the United Arab Emirates and Dubai
The country code for the United Arab Emirates is 971, while the emirate code for Dubai is 04. Mobile phone numbers begin with 050, 056 (Etisalat) or 055 (du).
When calling from overseas drop the 0 from the Dubai and mobile codes.
To call a fixed line phone number in Dubai from abroad, dial the international access code for your country and then 971 4 xxx xxxx – e.g. from the UK 00-971-4-xxx-xxxx.
To call a mobile telephone number in Dubai from abroad, dial the international access code, then 971, then the operator prefix (50, 55, 56) – e.g. from the UK 00-971-50-xxx-xxxx.
Calls from the United Arab Emirates and Dubai
To call overseas from Dubai, dial 00 followed by country code, city code and the number (e.g. for the UK 00-44-xxxx-xxxxxx).
Visitors with mobile phones should have no problem roaming in Dubai. Visitors intending making a few calls may find it more economical to purchase a local SIM card from one of the two local phone companies; Etisalat or du.
To buy a SIM card visitors must be over 18 and present their passport and valid visa.
- Ambulance – 998
- Fire – 997
- Police – 999
- Tourist Police – 800 4438
- Directory Enquiries (Etisalat) – 181
- Directory Enquiries (du) – 199
Both local telephone companies produce a Yellow Pages directory. Online versions can be found at: