its establishment in September 1976, The Emirates
Telecommunications Corporation continues to develop the
telecommunications network and introduce modern and
sophisticated technologies and services. During recent
years, the telephone exchange was expanded to reach 561,000
lines by the end of 1993 in Dubai Emirate, with a percentage
increase of 33.5% against 1992. Direct and indirect dialing
can be made with 216 destinations throughout the world by
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation provides businessmen
and commercial and industrial establishments with radio
phone services in aircraft during their flights and with
ships while sailing as well as telefax services, double
telex systems and mobile telephone services. Official
statistics indicates the big role played by the Corporation
in developing the means of communication by using up-to-date
technical equipment and facilitating communications with all
parts of the world. The above table shows the development of
telecommunication services during 1993 as compared with 1991
Corporation also provides the service of Electronic Mail (Emnet)
which enables subscribers to male calls worldwide, as well
as the Emirates Data Network (Emdan) which is a reliable
means of data communication using the packet mode of
transmission of messages. The Corporation also endeavors to
introduce the integrated digital network (ISDN). This
network provides special and innovative facilities, image
phone and data exchange. This service is the latest
technology which has been innovated in the field of
digital network provides the most modern digital dialing
which facilitates access between the Emirates and the
external world. This system has a positive effect of
improving the operation of International Dialing. The UAE is
the first country in this part of the world to introduce
this service. The Corporation started providing the digital
network services on a commercial basis during 1992.
ship of modern cables made the Corporation self-sufficient
in the field of installation and maintenance of sea cable
systems, together with installation and maintenance of
cables in other countries. The Corporation also carries out
complete marine survey. The construction cost of this ship
amounted to Dhs. 80 m. and it has been fitted with
sophisticated marine and technical equipment and machines.
line with the developments of the communication network all
over the world, and in order to meet the increasing growth
of services, the performance of the four ground stations in
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah was upgraded by
providing digital technology equipment which had recently
been introduced in terms of international communication to
provide the subscribers with advanced services. In order to
obtain more quick communications and to maintain the
strategic balance between technology and diversification,
the investment program also involved the installation of
visual fiber cable, the first of its kind in the region to
link UAE with Iran.
it endeavors to nationalize the posts and train the staff
needed to expand the scope of its services, the Corporations
opened Etisalat Engineering College with effect from
1989/1990. In 1991, the College received the third batch of
students, and the amount of Dhs. 1400 m. was provided to
finance the development programs during the coming three
postal system in the UAE is very modern and the post offices are among
the most efficient in the Gulf. Between the UAE and Europe or the USA,
mail takes about ten days. To Australia, mail takes about eight to ten
is an excellent telephone system and you can phone anywhere in the world
from the most remote areas. Throughout the country there are telephone
offices which are equipped to send and receive fax, telex and telegraph
are several different services available for calling the US.
MCI access number is 800-1-0001.
Sprint access number is 800-1-0011.
AT&T access number is 800-1-0010.
access number for France Direct is 800-1-9971.
call the UAE from abroad, the country code is 971 followed by the city
code and the local number.