Do you need a good pre-paid mobile phone package in Dubai or the UAE? But are you not willing to commit to a contract? Don’t worry – there are plenty of great pay-as-you-go packages from Du and Etisalat, the UAE’s biggest telecoms providers.
The thing is, the way these packages are structured can often make things a little complicated. So we’ve done the hard work for you, and rounded up the best pre-paid mobile phone packages in the UAE.
Here are the top bundles to choose from.
Etisalat Start/Stop Data Service – 2 Fils Per Minute
Need mobile data for a short period of time? Well, Etisalat’s Start/Stop Data Service has you covered. This package gives you the option to use mobile data for short periods as and when needed. You can use as much data as you want and pay only for the time you use it at an affordable rate. The smallprint is that there’s a data speed limit to 1Mbps, a minimum access charge of 30 fils will apply for the first 15 minutes of usage, but you will be protected from PAYG charges for 2 hours after stopping your data session.
Etisalat Auto-Renewal Data Plus Monthly Plan – AED 30 Per Month
This plan will remove the hassle of re-subscribing to data every day or month – it’ll just renew automatically at the end of the month. Just make sure you have enough credit when it is time to renew and the plan will do the rest. There’s more than one plan available as an auto-renew, but the AED 30 one is our top pick. The plan includes 250MB with 250MB Social Plus data for 30 days. Social Plus offers access to Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn, WeChat, Snapchat, and Instagram. Not bad for AED 30 per month.
Du Weekly Pre-Paid Plan – AED 25 Per Week (+5% VAT)
With this no-contract plan, you’re able to get 250MB full data and 25 flexi minutes every week. You can use your minutes for calls to national UAE landlines and mobiles, and 100 international destinations (except premium rate numbers). Make sure you have enough More Time credit every week for this plan to renew automatically.
Etisalat Pinoy Package – AED 20 Per Week
This one, targeted at the UAE’s Filipino community, might be a bit expensive on a monthly basis, but it does offer some good benefits. Top up AED 20 per week to enjoy 20 weekly minutes to call to the Philippines, 20 weekly minutes in the UAE, and 210 minutes to your friends who are also on the Pinoy Package. Not only that, you also get 250 flexi SMSes with non-stop mobile internet – and there are no restrictions on what you can browse.
Etisalat Small Combo Plan – AED 40 Per Month
This tailor-made combo pack is designed to suit your needs. You’re able to control the amount of usage and can choose the package which saves you the most based on how much you need to talk, text and surf. The small combo plan is our favorite because it offers 100 MB local data, 60 flexi minutes and 1 GB of social data – where you can access Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, BBM and LinkedIn. Seems pretty good for AED 40 per month.