Dubai tourists to get free SIM cards on arrival at airport

Tourists visiting Dubai will no longer have to worry about expensive roaming charges or looking for WiFi connections.

A new initiative christened 'Connect with Happiness' by General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA), Smart Dubai and Du Telecommunications will now provide all tourists entering Dubai  a free SIM card complete with complimentary talk time and data.

Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office launching the “Connect with Happiness” initiative which provides all tourists entering Dubai  a free SIM card complete with complimentary talk time and data. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Smart Dubai
Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office launching the “Connect with Happiness” initiative which provides all tourists entering Dubai a free SIM card complete with complimentary talk time and data. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Smart Dubai

All visitors above the age of 18 will be handed the SIM cards by passport officers at the immigration counter.

The SIM card will give tourists three-minutes talk time and 20 MB mobile data for free and will be valid for 30 days, or the duration of their stay.

"The aim of the project is to contribute to achieving the Dubai Happiness Agenda, which is being implemented by the Smart Dubai Office. We have targeted visitors of Dubai in cooperation with Du, in a move to ensure they enjoy a safe and happy stay,” said Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of GDFRA.

All SIM card details will be linked to passengers’ travel information and the project is slated to run across all three terminals at Dubai International Airport.

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