Free SIM card for tourists in Dubai


Jeddah: There is good news for tourists visiting Dubai! They no longer need to spend time and money buying a local SIM card when they arrive in the Emirate.

Du Telecommunications, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA- Dubai) and Smart Dubai launched the first-of-its-kind initiative. Tourists and travellers above 18 years old — with transit, visit and visa-on-arrival status — can avail the complimentary service at Dubai International Airport.

The SIM card, which comes with three-minute talk-time and 20 MB free mobile data, is valid for 30 days. Tourists and travellers can collect it from the passport control officer on arrival, Smart Dubai officials said on Sunday.

The SIM card works in sync with the immigration system, and will be deactivated once the tourist exits the country. “Otherwise, it is valid for 30 days only. The tourist can also top-up the SIM for three packages — small, medium and large,” local media reports read.

The Emirate has always been tourist-friendly and attracted visitors from all over the globe. According to data provided by Dubai Tourism, the UAE city received 4.75 million international overnight visitors in the first quarter of 2019. Indians remain top among all visitors to Dubai —5,64,836 visited Dubai in the same period.

Dubai aims to attract 21 million to 23 million tourists by 2022, improving the tourism experience via such initiatives and by promoting Dubai as a major business hub. Its target is 23 million to 25 million visitors annually by 2025.


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