How to Call Dubai

Dubai is the largest city by population in the United Arab Emirates, or UAE. Foreigners make up more than 80% of this population, connecting Dubai to countries all over the world.[1] The next time you need to connect to Dubai, read on to make sure that the call gets through properly.


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    Check the time difference. Dubai operates on Gulf Standard Time, which is UTC + 4.[2] Its current local time can easily be checked online, so you can be sure to call during business hours, or while residents are awake.
    • Dubai is four hours ahead of London, and nine hours ahead of New York. It does not observe Daylight Savings time, so during summer it is three hours ahead of London and eight hours ahead of New York.[3]
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    Dial the exit code of the country which you are calling from. This is also known as the international access code, which should be dialed before each overseas call. This exit code differs from country to country.
    • When dialing from the United States, Canada, or most of the Caribbean, use the exit code 011.
    • From Russia, or from formerly Soviet Central Asian nations, dial 8, wait for the dial tone to change, then dial 10.
    • From Brazil, Chile, Colombia, or Indonesia, look up the code for the international phone carrier you are using.
    • For countries not listed above, try 00 or look up your country's exit code.
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    Dial 971, the country code for the United Arab Emirates. Next, dial the code that directs your phone call to the United Arab Emirates, the nation in which Dubai is located.
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    Check the phone number before continuing. After this point, the process varies slightly depending on whether the number you are calling is a landline or a mobile number. Fortunately, it should be easy to test this just by looking at the number:
    • If the number is seven digits long (xxx-xxxx), it is probably a landline.
    • If the number is nine or ten digits long, the area code may be included. If it begins with a 5 or a 05 (05x-xxx-xxxx), it is a mobile number. If it begins with a 4 or a 04 (04x-xxx-xxxx), it is a landline.
    • If the number is longer, it probably includes the country code, 971, which you have already dialed. Look at the rest of the number after the country code, and follow the instructions above to determine what type of phone it is.
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    If the number is a landline, dial 4, then the last seven digits of the number. The number 4 is the area code for landlines in Dubai. After entering it, complete the call by dialing the last seven digits of the number you are trying to reach. You should hear the phone ring soon.
    • Do not dial more than the last seven digits, even if you see a digit that has not been covered above. There may be a 0 in front of the area code, which is only used when calling from within Dubai.
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    If the number is a mobile number, dial the last nine digits of the number. Instead of the Dubai area code, a mobile phone will have its own two-digit code preceding its seven digits. Dial all nine digits, then wait for the call to go through.
    • The two digit code will typically be 50, 55, or 56, depending on the mobile phone operator (55 for Du, 50 or 56 for Etisalat).[4]

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  • I am trying to call Dubai from India, but it's not working. What do I need to do to make the call successful?
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    • To call Dubai from India, you need to precede the phone number with the following: 00 + 971 + 4.
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  • What's a sample format I can look at for a landline call within Dubai?
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    • Sample format basically goes - 00971 04 1234567. Having the '1234567' as the residence number you wish to call.
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  • How can I call from India to Dubai?
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    • Follow the instructions listed in the article above.
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  • How can I make a call from Somalia to Dubai?
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    • Follow the instructions listed in the article above.
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  • How do I call someone with an Australian mobile number who is presently in Dubai?
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    • Call them the same as you would with an Australian number, as it is the same country prefix. There may be roaming charges.
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  • How can I call India from a land line phone?
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    • You have to check the website of the phone operating system and ask if you can call this country. That said, you will have to pay either long distance or a monthly fee.
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  • How do I save a Dubai number on WhatsApp in India?
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    • Save the number in international format. So add +971 and then the area code without the zero followed by the local number.
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  • Can I call Dubai from my cell phone in the United States?
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    • Yes you can, but there may be an additional charge for the call. Check with your provider to see what the fees might be.
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  • How do I call Dubai from a Canadian mobile phone?
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    • First dial 011, then dial 971, then dial the 1 digit area code followed by the 7 digit phone number.
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    • The code to call Dubai is 971.
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  • If you are calling from within the United Arab Emirates, you do not need to dial the exit code or the country code. Add 0 before dialing 4 (the area code for Dubai), then proceed with the seven-digit telephone number.
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  • Consider trying an online calling service, which may save you money compared to a regular phone line.
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  • Dubai does not follow Daylight Savings Time.
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