There are two Telecom companies in the UAE both of which are state owned. Etisalat is the oldest, with competitor du launched in 2007.
Both offer similar phone, internet and cable packages but there are geographical limits to where they can operate for internet and cable packages, so you might be limited in your choice.
Etisalat and du both offer a wide range of bundles including broadband, a landline, a TV package and a wi-fi router with prices starting from AED 300 for the basic packages. Internet speeds go up to 1 Gbps/100 Mbps, while Etisalat boasts over 150 HD channels including OSN Sports, BEIN Sports and the full OSN entertainment channels.
Call plans start at 1 fils per second to over 160 countries, or package deals of AED 99 a month for 500 minutes to any mobile in the UAE, with a wide range of local and international Data deals on offer. Etisalat and du both pride themselves on providing the best coverage and plans in the UAE, so capitalise on that and compare and contrast the deals and haggle where you can.
Both companies boast a range of low-cost call rates and free calls to UAE landlines, with pre-paid and post-paid options available. If you take up a long-term package, you can often off-set the cost of the latest handset including the iPhone 6.
To set up your account, you’ll need…
- Your passport
- A valid residency visa
- A recent utility bill with your physical address
- Your tenancy/ownership contract