Here’s what you should know about the free tourist SIM cards
16 June 2019| Last updated on 14 January 2020
Call off any undue travel stress with this awesome tourist benefit.
With its vast array of food and culture, dazzling lights, stunning sands, and futuristic architecture, Dubai is an incredible travel destination. But, like all new places to travel, it can also be confusing.
Staying connected to people and Wi-Fi undeniably makes a trip so much easier, especially when you’re looking up bus timings, navigating through the gold souks, and translating words from any one of the languages spoken. Having a SIM card with calling and data options will help enrich your time in the sprawling city.
Good news is – it’s completely free in Dubai.
Travelers landing in Dubai with a visit visa, transit visa, visa on arrival, or are GCC citizens can avail a complimentary tourist SIM card, courtesy of du.
Launched by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs as part of the project ‘’Connect with Happiness’’, visitors above the age of 18 can enjoy the Tourist Sim package: a preloaded free SIM card with three flexi minutes, 20MB data, and a one-month validity.
His Excellency Major General Mohammed Al Marri Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai said, “This project “Connect with Happiness” aims to contribute to achieve Dubai Happiness Agenda, which is being implemented by Smart Dubai Office.”
What tourist sim cards are available in Dubai?
Tourists can opt for additional data and calling minutes from three package options:
- Pay AED 25 and get 150 MB data - 10 flexible minutes, three-day validity.
- Pay AED 55 and get 500 MB data - 20 flexible minutes, seven-day validity.
- Pay AED 110 and get 2 GB data - 40 flexible minutes and 14-day validity.
Where can I get a free tourist SIM card?
Tourists coming into the city will be able to get the SIM card at Dubai International Airport. Simply speak to a passport control officer on arrival.
Al Marri said, “We have targeted visitors of Dubai in cooperation with du, in a move to ensure they enjoy a safe, happy and fulfilled stay. Travelers arriving at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, can access du’s exceptional connectivity and telco experience as soon as they land.’’