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Etisalat & Du Group

Once you land in the UAE or in any country then to operate Mobile for communication you have two options like either go for Roaming at your existing SIM card or buy a new SIM card from UAE. Two companies are doing great in the UAE at the moment;

  • Etisalat Group
  • Du Group

I will try to cover both services and then it’s up to you how you go along with these.

Read More: How to get Emirates ID

Etisalat Group

Etisalat Group is not only in UAE but also one of the leading telecom groups worldwide. It is the first one in UAE and was started 4 decades ago hence got authority with the passage of time. It has over 143 million users across Fifteen countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Today Etisalat boasts of a portfolio of brands such as

  • Mobily – KSA
  • Maroc Telecom – Morocco
  • Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) – Pakistan
  • Etisalat Misr – Egypt
  • Etisalat Afghanistan – Afghanistan

In May 2018, Etisalat group was launched the first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE & Expo 2020 is the target for all MENA region.

Etisalat Internet Data Plans

This the most common one and nowadays the most popular plan are;

Etisalat Monthly Packages | Prepaid Voice and Data

  • Pay AED 200 & you will get 5+ 5 GB data for one month | 200 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 150 & you will get 3 + 3 GB data for one month 150 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 100 & you will get 1.5 + 1.5 MB data for one month 100 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 50 & you will get 750+750 MB data for one month 30 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 20 & you will get 1GBB data for 7 Days 250 Flexi SMS

Etisalat Monthly Packages | Only Data

  • Pay AED 500 & you will get 25+ 15 GB data for one month | 30 Hours free Wifi
  • Pay AED 200 & you will get 5+ 3 GB data for one month | 20 Hours free Wifi
  • Pay AED 30 & you will get 250  + 250 MB data for one month 

You can check other Etisalat Data Packages

Useful Etisalat Codes:

  • Check balance prepaid users – Dial *121# or Dial 121
  • Check balance postpaid users – Dial *140#
  • Use Mobile Pay feature to recharge – Dial *123#
  • Transfer credit – Dial *100*Mobile no.*amount#

Etisalat Help Line

  • In the UAE: 101
  • Overseas: +971 800 2 300

Parking Payment by SMS

Etisalat users can pay to park at Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi

  • Dubai: <Plate No.><space><Zone No.><space><Duration in hrs>, Send an SMS to 7275
  • Sharjah: Plate source<space>Plate number, SMS to 5566
  • Abu Dhabi: Plate Category<space>PlateNumber<space>Tariff<space><Duration in hrs> OR  Nickname<space>Tariff<space><Duration in hrs>, SMS to 3009

But make sure before using these services you have to register RTA first.

DU Group

It is a Dubai based company and was founded in 2006. It seems quite new than Etisalat group but still got the authority as it is owned jointly by the UAE government, Mubadala, Dubai Holding and public shareholders.

du has more than 8 million individual customers and over 80,000 business customers across the UAE. DU also offers other services which make it more worthy across the globe;

  • Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)
  • Injazat Data Systems (Injazat)
  • Khazna Data Centers (Khazna)

DU Internet Data Plans

Let get straight into the internet packages as calling packages are almost constant and nobody is much interested in those.

DU has three types of basic plans;

  1. Prepaid Du Plan
  2. Post Paid Du Plan
  3. Tourist Du Plan

Prepaid Du Plan

This the most common one and nowadays the most popular plan are;

DU Monthly Packages | Prepaid Voice and Data

  • Pay AED 150 & you will get 3+ 3 GB data for one month | 150 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 100 & you will get 1.5 + 1.5 GB data for one month 100 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 50 & you will get 750 + 750 MB data for one month 30 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 15 & you will get 500+250 MB data for one month 15 Flexi minutes

DU Monthly Packages | Only Data

  • Pay AED 525 & you will get 25+ 15 GB data for one month
  • Pay AED 210 & you will get 5+ 3 GB data for one month 
  • Pay AED 110 & you will get 1.1 + 1.1 GB data for one month
  • Pay AED 55 & you will get 500+500 MB data for one month
  • Pay AED 2& you will get 200+200 MB data for one month 

DU Daily Package

  • Pay AED 3 & you will get 30MB data for one day | 02 Flexi minutes
Make sure 5% is value-added tax VAT on all packages.

You can check more at https://www.du.ae/personal/mobile/prepaid

Post Paid Du Plan

DU local and international plans for postpaid are;

DU Monthly Packages | 12 Months Contract

  • Pay AED 100 & you will get 100 GB data for one month |2500 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 500 & you will get 100 GB data for one month 1020 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 200 & you will get 26 GB data for one month 400 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 125 & you will get 4 GB data for one month 100 Flexi minutes

DU Monthly Packages | No Contract

  • Pay AED 600 & you will get 100 GB data for one month |10200 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 225 & you will get 26 GB data for one month 400 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 150 & you will get 4 GB data for one month | 100 Flexi minutes
Make sure 5% is value-added tax VAT on all packages.
You can also visit the above link to know more about only local packages.

Tourist Du Plan

  • Pay AED 25 & you will get 150 MB data for 3 Days |10 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 55 & you will get 500 MB data for 7 Days 20 Flexi minutes
  • Pay AED 110& you will get 2 GB data for 14 days | 40 Flexi minutes

No VAT or any kind of tax for this package 🙂

DU Help Line

  • In the UAE: 155 or 800 155
  • Overseas: +971 5 55678155

Useful Du Codes:

  • Check balance prepaid users – Dial *135#
  • Check balance postpaid users – SMS ‘Rewards’ to 1233
  • Stolen or lost phone – Dial 800155
  • Transfer credit – Dial *121*phone number*amount#

Wrap Up

I have made just a review and you can choose any of these, I would go with DU for data at least. Also, when you enter any Mall or public location you can use their wi-fi for free. If you just spend 100-150 AED then you are good to go. Make sure to visit the respective website to get the more latest offers.

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