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A Practical Guide to UAE Local Numbers

UAE local numbers are among the most highly sought after virtual phone numbers in our industry. We receive tens of inquiries for Dubai local numbers each week, but the +971 4 prefix is very rare. Global Call Forwarding just restocked the inventory with UAE local numbers and we created this practical guide, for our readers to learn more about phone numbers in Dubai.

There is no questioning Dubai’s status as a major global city and business hub. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with rising per capita income and strong employment growth.

There is a widespread belief that its wealth is based on oil exports, but in reality the UAE is one of the most diversified and competitive economies in the Middle East. It produces a grand bazaar of diversified wealth, and Central Dubai is a global metropolis of incredible skyscrapers, colossal urban infrastructure projects and a globalized workforce.

Dubai is widely regarded as a key player in global trade and finance, and a center of entrepreneurial innovation. Any business can become more accessible to Dubai’s markets with Dubai virtual numbers.

What is a UAE Local Number?

A UAE local number starts with the country code +971, and can be used by smart businesses to become more reachable in the Emirates. Incoming calls can be forwarded to VoIP, mobile, landlines or a virtual call center. As of August 2021, local numbers are currently not allowed for international resale.

Dubai local numbers are virtual phone numbers with Dubai’s area code (4). They are formatted as such +971 4 XXX-XXXX. The major benefit is that any business can use Dubai virtual numbers to establish a virtual presence in Dubai, while the incoming calls are forwarded anywhere in the world.

Callers will simply dial a familiar Dubai local number, and they might not even know that their calls are being routed internationally.

An example of this would be a US-based entrepreneur who wants to develop his business in Dubai. The entrepreneur can get a UAE local number and answer the incoming calls to that number, from his mobile phone in the United States. While this is just one example, the possibilities are endless.

UAE virtual numbers are suited for any business or entrepreneur that wants to develop its presence in the United Arab Emirates.

Getting a UAE local number – what you should know:

Choose a UAE call forwarding provider

The first step in getting a UAE local number is to choose a call forwarding provider. The provider provisions virtual numbers to subscribers and the provider also routes the incoming calls to their intended destination.

How much does a UAE local number cost? (Price comparison)

It is nearly impossible to find international call forwarding providers that have UAE local numbers in stock. There were millions of results for our query “Get a UAE local number,” but most of the links we clicked didn’t actually have local numbers available.

We managed to find three providers offering this service. Here is a price comparison:

Prices are current as of June 19, 2017.

WMX Global:

Dubai local numbers are currently unavailable from WMX Global.

Koala Calling:

Koala Calling offers local UAE numbers starting at $78.95 per month.

Global Call Forwarding:

Global Call Forwarding has a basic plan starting at $78.95 per month. GCF also offers a 15-day free trial so that business users to test the UAE local numbers risk-free. Click here to view rates.

Cost breakdown

Before subscribing to any service, it is important to understand the associated costs. Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with getting a UAE local number from Global Call Forwarding.

Global Call Forwarding has five different plans: Basic, Value, Power, Premium and Enterprise. Each plan includes a Dubai phone number and a varying amount of call forwarding minutes to use each month. Here is a breakdown for each plan:

Basic: 100 monthly minutes, $78.95 per month

Value: 250 monthly minutes, $148.95 per month

Power: 631 monthly minutes, $348.95 per month

Premium: 1,302 monthly minutes, $648.95 per month

Enterprise: 2,225 monthly minutes, $998.95 per month

Each plan also includes a free suite of advanced features to customize the service. Free advanced features include Time-of-Day Routing and Advanced IVR. Additional features like call recording and rollover minutes can be added at an additional cost.

You may want to check out these useful insights about things to consider when setting up call forwarding and choosing a plan. We recommend choosing whichever plan best supports your incoming call traffic. You can always upgrade your plan later, so don’t worry if you cannot forecast call traffic accurately.

More information about UAE local numbers

Dubai is a great place to do business, and there is a high potential for any enterprise there. We hope this guide was informative to businesses and entrepreneurs seeking more information about UAE local numbers. Would you like to share any more information? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments section!