There is good news for tourists coming to Dubai! They now no longer need to spend time and money on getting a new local SIM card when they arrive in the emirate for a leisure or business trip. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has announced today (Sunday, 16th June) that a new initiative has been launched in collaboration with telecom provider Du and Smart Dubai, to benefit tourists.
Under this initiative, visitors, over the age of 18, will receive a du SIM card at Dubai International Airport’s immigration counter. This prepaid SIM card will be valid for one month and will include complimentary talk time of three minutes and 20 MB data. Tourists can then top up their card as required and can select from three packages (small, medium and large). The SIM will be deactivated once they leave the country.
Smart Dubai account posted the announcement on Twitter: "In the presence of H.E Dr. @Aisha_BinBishr & in collaboration with @GDRFADUBAI & @dutweets, we are launching the “Connect with Happiness” initiative - providing all Dubai visitors first-ever complimentary DU tourist SIM cards once they arrive at the Dubai International Airport!"
In the presence of H.E Dr. @Aisha_BinBishr & in collaboration with @GDRFADUBAI & @dutweets, we are launching the “Connect with Happiness” initiative - providing all Dubai visitors first-ever complimentary DU tourist SIM cards once they arrive at the Dubai International Airport! pic.twitter.com/2YK4oGLx5X— Smart Dubai (@SmartDubai) June 16, 2019
This initiative will make Dubai the first city in the world to offer free SIM cards to visitors. The emirate has always been tourist-friendly and attracted visitors from all over the globe. According to data provided by Dubai Tourism, Dubai received 4.75 million international overnight visitors in the first quarter of 2019. This was 2 percent higher than the same period last year.
It aims to attract 21-23 million tourists by 2022, improving the tourism experience via such initiatives and more facilities, and by promoting Dubai as a major hub for business. Its goal is to welcome 23-25 million visitors annually by 2025.