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Virtual Phone Number in UAE

Have your own phone number in the United Arab Emirates. Incoming calls can be forwarded anywhere worldwide at the cost of a local call.

In this article we will explain how it works and how you can get a virtual phone number in the United Arab Emirates now.



A virtual number is a real phone number

A virtual phone number is actually a normal, real phone number. The only difference is that a virtual number isn’t connected to any physical phone line or to any SIM-card.

You can make and answer calls with free apps for Android and iOS or your laptop.

People calling your United Arab Emirates virtual phone number will have the same experience as if calling a regular local number.

When you make calls from your number – people you call will see your number before answering.

You can get your phone number in the United Arab Emirates here.




Different types of numbers

In the United Arab Emirates, you can only buy Toll-free numbers as virtual phone numbers. Local city numbers are not available as virtual numbers.


Who can buy a UAE  phone number?

Anyone in the world can buy a United Arab Emirates phone number. You do not need to be a United Arab Emirates citizen or live there to buy one.

You must provide a letter of intention (available here) before the number can be assigned to you. Activation may take upto 3 weeks.

We are required by our providers to know who our subscribers are. Due to this, you are required to submit your address – anywhere in the world – and an ID-number. In some cases, you may be asked to provide proof of address and ID.




What does it cost?

The cost for having a virtual United Arab Emirates number is based on the following components.

  • One time set up cost
  • Monthly cost
    From $45.99
  • Per minute cost for incoming calls
    $0.630 per minute.
  • Calls and call forwarding
    Costs as a local call.
  • Optional add on services
    Voice response, call recording requires that you have a paid plan (starts at $9.95 per user and month). This includes free calls, call forwarding and free phone numbers.



Answer calls

The easiest way to answer incoming calls to your United Arab Emirates phone number is to forward all calls to your regular mobile phone number or to a landline number.

When you receive a forwarded call, you can see the number of the caller – or the virtual number they called – dependent on your settings.

Call forwarding worldwide costs like a regular local call.

There are many other options available for call forwarding, such as answering calls with voice response, sending calls to team members etc.



Make calls

You can make calls from your United Arab Emirates number by using our free Android , iOS or web app. You can import your regular mobile contacts into the app and call anyone you know with a click.

The person you call can see your number. You can chose if you want to show one of your Sonetel numbers or your regular mobile number.

You will be charged local call rates for the calls you make.





SMS is not supported on virtual phone numbers from the United Arab Emirates.



Voice response

If you want to add voice response to your phone number (“For sales, press one…”.) you need to have a paid plan. This gives you access to the “Voice apps”.

You can easily create menus for callers, announcements, or voicemail boxes.

Text-to-speech can be used to create the messages to be played to callers. Simply type in the message you want to be converted into an audio message. You can also upload audio files or record new messages with your phone.



Call recording

Call recording is available if you have a paid plan.

Only use call recording if you can do it without breaking any laws in the country of the phone number, or in the countries where you – and the person you are talking to – is in.




Subscription options

Here are the options when you subscribe to a phone number from the United Arab Emirates.

  • Phone number subscription
    You can subscribe with monthly renewal, or 1-year or 3-years. The longer the subscription – the lower the monthly cost. You pay in advance for the entire subscription period. You can turn off auto-renewal whenever you want.


Are there any limitations?

Yes, there are different limitations, depending on what type of subscription you have.


Features of UAE Business Phone Number

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to expand their reach in the UAE, having a UAE phone number at hand sure comes in handy. This section highlights  features that make a UAE business phone number a great asset to your growing business.


Professionalism and Presence

A UAE phone number can communicate professionalism and presence in the local market, much like a local brick-and-mortar address would. It is a simple yet effective tool in creating a robust business image, showing your customers that you are ever attentive to their needs.

  • Instant recognition. A UAE phone number is easily recognized by locals. It creates an impression that your business is well established and ready to serve them.
  • Strong local presence. Even if your business isn’t physically situated in the UAE, a UAE toll free number can effectively present a local presence.


Flexibility and Accessibility

A vital feature of a UAE phone no is the extent of its flexibility and accessibility. It ensures that you remain reachable, regardless of your location worldwide. It’s like having your business in your pocket. Being reachable at all times instills trust in your customers, increasing their loyalty towards your business.

  • Call Forwarding. Calls made to your UAE number can easily be forwarded to any number around the world. This ensures you never miss a business call again.
  • Virtual Number Connected to Any Device. A UAE phone number isn’t bound to any physical phone or SIM card. It can be used on any device connected to the internet. This makes it truly versatile.

Investing in a UAE phone number for your business not only enhances your professional image but is also a practical way to stay connected with your customers and increase your business presence in the UAE.


UAE Emergency Numbers

If you happen to have a UAE phone number or often interact with a UAE number, you need to be well-acquainted with crucial emergency numbers there.

Location Area code Description
Emergency Services 999, 998, 997 999 for police, 998 for ambulance, and 997 for fire assistance.
Water emergencies 800 900 In the case of any water-related emergency or issues.
Electricity emergencies 991 If you experience any problem with electricity.


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