How to call the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (country code +971)

Calling to the UAE

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in the UAE for domestic long distance calls and domestic calls to a mobile phone.
  • A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
  • Calling from a mobile phone: dial from on the country where you're currently located.
  • Calling from a VoIP or satellite phone: dial from on the country where the phone is registered.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with the digit ‘5’ (often listed as ’05’ with the leading ‘0’ dropped when calling from outside the country).

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

The United Arab Emirates do not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within the UAE (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix when calling to a different area code in the United Arab Emirates.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

seven digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To call to a phone in a different area code, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

0one digitseven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call to a mobile phone, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the carrier code, then the local phone number.

0two digitsseven or eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Phone numbers of the UAE explained

Number details

Emirati phone numbers are eight digits (nine including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when calling from outside the country).

With landline (fixed line) phones, the first digit is an area code. It represents a geographic part of the country. Each of the seven Emirates has a different area code, with Ajman and Al-Quwain sharing area code ‘6’.

Mobile numbers start with two digit carrier codes and begin with the number ‘5’.

An example of a Emirati phone number

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers lists its phone number in Abu Dhabi as +971 2 811 5555.

Number explanation
9712811 5555
country code for the United Arab Emiratesgeographic (area) code for Abu Dhabilocal phone number in Abu Dhabi
Local example – calling from another location in Abu Dhabi

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

811 5555
local phone number in Abu Dhabi
Long distance example – calling from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

02811 5555
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Abu Dhabilocal phone number in Abu Dhabi
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in the UAE)

To call from a mobile phone, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

02811 5555
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Abu Dhabilocal phone number in Abu Dhabi
International example -calling from outside the United Arab Emirate

To call from outside the UAE, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the UAE’s country code of ‘971’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not include a leading ‘0’ in the call when calling from outside the UAE.

exit code9712811 5555
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for the United Arab Emiratesgeographic (area) code for Abu Dhabilocal phone number in Abu Dhabi

Calling from the UAE

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from the United Arab Emirates.

Administrative and regulatory

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