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United Arab Emirates

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Table of Contents

United Arab Emirates - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



9 366 829 (2018 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


United Arab Emirates - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

United Arab Emirates - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 23rd June 2021

United Arab Emirates - Languages


The national language is Standard Arabic External. There are some 744 000 speakers of Gulf Spoken Arabic External; 5 000 speakers of Shihhi Spoken Arabic External; 100 000 speakers of Southern Balochi External; 80 000 speakers of Western Farsi External; 100 000 speakers of Eastern Pashto; several thousand speakers of Western Pashto and 100 000 speakers of Somali.

United Arab Emirates - Forms of address


The forms of address used in the United Arab Emirates are:

   Sayyed     Mr
   Sayyiday   Mrs
   Anisah     Miss
   Tables of forms of address External can be acquired

United Arab Emirates - Company legal forms


   Note: This section last updated 13th February 2014

UAE company legal forms include:

   FZC - Free Zone Company  
   FZE - Free Zone Establishment
   LLCLimited Liability Company 
   PJSC - Public Joint Stock Company
   PSC - Public Stock Company

United Arab Emirates - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 8th July 2018

Addresses are formatted as follows:

   Name of addressee
   Name of company 
   [P.O. Box ] number
   Name of Emirate

Post office box numbers may be repeated in different emirates External, so the name of the emirate (imarah, plural - imarat) is very important. The emirates are:

    Abū Zaby External (Abu Dhabi) 
    ’Ajman External
    Al Fujayrah External
    Ash Shāriqah External (Sharjah)
    Dubayy External (Dubai)
    Ra’s al Khaymah External
    Umm al Qaywayn External


Streets in urban areas are often numbered, with the same numbers appearing in different districts of the same urban area. The government is working to alter this situation and to give each street a name, allowing house-to-house deliveries.


Abu Dhabi is introducing 200000 unique street addresses under the name onwani (“my address”). This involves infrastructural improvements such as street name signs (with building numbers) at each intersection and number plates being affixed to every building, main entrance or wall. Each sign will contain a QR code to allow people to identify their location. Odd numbers will be on the left-hand side of the street as seen from a given point, even numbers on the right. The street names will be based on history and heritage, so the naming process can be slow as suitable names are considered.

image Onwani door number plate with QR code

image Onwani street name plate

Dubai municipality has introduced a point address system called Makani. Each 10-digit Makani number identifies an individual building. The number is shown on a plaque on, or in the lobby of, each building. Large structures, such as shopping malls, have been given one code per entrance.

The emirates of ’Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ra’s al Khaymah and Umm al Qaywayn have signed agreements to adopt Dubai’s Makani system.

As these are positional codes rather than postal codes in the traditional sense, I do not categorise them as postal codes in this resource.

image A Makani number in Dubai

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

United Arab Emirates - Post office box


For addresses transliterated and translated into English, this is written PO Box.

United Arab Emirates - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 1st October 2014

There is no national postal code system in United Arab Emirates. However, the emirate of Sharjah is seeking to implement a 5-digit code for its part of the country from 2015.

United Arab Emirates - Postal code format graphic


United Arab Emirates - Postal code format


United Arab Emirates - Postal code specifics


United Arab Emirates - Postal code regular expression


United Arab Emirates - Postal code level of coverage


United Arab Emirates - Postal code map


Place names in the United Arab Emirates


   Note: This section last updated 22nd August 2017

Refer to Exonyms in United Arab Emirates for full lists of place names in the United Arab Emirates in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

United Arab Emirates - Administrative districts


Please refer to the section “Address format” for a list of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in the United Arab Emirates

   Note: This section last updated 21st August 2012

Fixed line numbers have a total length of 8 digits, mobile numbers have 9 digits and the area codes 50, 52, 55 and 56.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/uae/cities/ External 20230117

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