Dubai Offers Free SIM Cards, Shopping Refunds, and More for Tourists

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

Dubai continually offers fresh attractions to enthrall visitors from across the globe, leaving them eager for more in this dynamic and lively emirate.

Exciting Perks for Tourists

If you're considering a trip to Dubai, get ready for a delightful experience. Alongside thrilling adventures and diverse cultural encounters, you'll enjoy a range of perks exclusive to Dubai tourists.

Here's what will enhance your visit:

  1. Free SIM Card: Upon arrival at Dubai International Airport (DXB), you can obtain a complimentary SIM card from any of the telecom operators' counters. 'Du', one of Dubai's telecom operators, offers a complimentary 'Tourist Du SIM' valid for 90 days. This SIM card includes 1GB of free mobile data for 24 hours, facilitating easy navigation around the city, especially for solo travelers. Additionally, local operators like Etisalat and Virgin Mobile provide tourist-specific SIM cards with flexible validity options tailored to your stay duration.

  2. Tourist Discount Card: Upon arrival at Dubai Airport, you can acquire a free discount card, similar to the SIM card. By scanning the barcode, you can download the ALSAADA Tourist Card onto your phone. After entering relevant details, such as your arrival date and passport number, the app generates a personalized discount card. With this card, you can access exclusive offers on car rentals, currency exchange, banking promotions, and savings on various health and beauty products and services.

  3. Tax-Free Purchases: Tourists in the UAE qualify for tax-free shopping when they spend a minimum of Dh250. Look for the Planet logo in stores, and request the Planet Tax-Free form. After you present your passport for scanning before payment, the shop assistant attaches a 'Tax Free' tag to your sales receipt. Remember to validate your transaction at the airport within 90 days of purchase and depart within six hours to avoid cancellation.

  4. VAT Refund: Shopping at Planet-partner stores enables you to reclaim the VAT paid on purchases made during your stay. At the airport, validate your purchases by submitting tax invoices along with a copy of your passport and credit card. You can opt to receive your refund in UAE dirhams or have it credited back to your credit card. Note that consumed products or those not in your possession upon departure are non-refundable.

  5. Free Parking and Taxi Discounts: Tourists with special needs can take advantage of complimentary public parking across Dubai for up to three months. Apply for this service online through the RTA's website or app, or visit any RTA customer happiness center. Additionally, individuals with disabilities can avail of a 50% taxi fare discount by applying for a Sanad card through the Community Development Authority's official website or customer happiness center. The required documents include your passport, a clear personal photo, and a copy of your medical report or disability card from your home country.

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