The United Arab Emirates power adapters - what plugs are used in The United Arab Emirates?

United Arab Emirates power outlet

What adapter do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The United Arab Emirates will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a United Arab Emirates power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device can use then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from the US and travelling to The United Arab Emirates then you will need to use a plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates to fit a US plug into a United Arab Emirates power outlet. As the voltage is different in The United Arab Emirates pack a power converter for The United Arab Emirates if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet then you can use it in The United Arab Emirates without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The United Arab Emirates, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The United Arab Emirates to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in The United Arab Emirates please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When organizing a holiday to The United Arab Emirates it can be helpful to know if you can power all your electrical devices such as mobiles or tablets that you are bringing with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in The United Arab Emirates you could end up either having to bring too many adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it which could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and plugs can all lead to confusion when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The United Arab Emirates. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting The United Arab Emirates using the G, C or D type United Arab Emirates 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note Type G wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Emirians. You'll discover power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also suggest referring to the The United Arab Emirates Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

The United Arab Emirates power adapters

What is the best power adapter for The United Arab Emirates?

The best power adapter for The United Arab Emirates is a Type G power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The United Arab Emirates?

What is a power adapter for United Arab Emirates power outlet?

A power adapter for The United Arab Emirates is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in The United Arab Emirates.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a power adapter in The United Arab Emirates?

If the shape of the United Arab Emirates power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting The United Arab Emirates from the US?

If you are visiting from America then you will need to use a plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates because American plugs won't physically fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for The United Arab Emirates to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in The United Arab Emirates?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100-120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter for The United Arab Emirates.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in The United Arab Emirates simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

The United Arab Emirates power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The United Arab Emirates?

Type C, D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The United Arab Emirates?

There are three different types of power outlets used in The United Arab Emirates, these are type G, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by three holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.

What is the voltage from a United Arab Emirates power outlet?

The residential voltage used from a United Arab Emirates power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in The United Arab Emirates?

No; an American plug won't work in The United Arab Emirates because it doesn't fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Are United Arab Emirates power outlets the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for The United Arab Emirates and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in The United Arab Emirates the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a United Arab Emirates power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for The United Arab Emirates which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in The United Arab Emirates?

The frequency used in a United Arab Emirates power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The United Arab Emirates?

A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110V or 120V appliance in The United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

If you are travelling with more than just one device and visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for The United Arab Emirates is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three types of power outlets that Emiratis use (types G, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing to bring a single USB travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer, the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

Why use a travel USB charger for The United Arab Emirates?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. It cuts down on the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing several different chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across Asia which will probably use a different outlet to The United Arab Emirates.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in The United Arab Emirates.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in The United Arab Emirates plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in The United Arab Emirates might only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be scarce and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in The United Arab Emirates could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the guide on using travel appliances in The United Arab Emirates for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a United Arab Emirates power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones might require more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by charging multiple mobile phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The United Arab Emirates?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The United Arab Emirates and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to The United Arab Emirates.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting The United Arab Emirates.

Power converters for The United Arab Emirates

What does a power converter for a United Arab Emirates power outlet do?

Power converters for The United Arab Emirates enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The United Arab Emirates?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a United Arab Emirates power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The United Arab Emirates.

Do I need a power converter for The United Arab Emirates?

If you are travelling to The United Arab Emirates from a different country please make sure that your device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in The United Arab Emirates.
  • Read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a United Arab Emirates power outlet which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for The United Arab Emirates if I'm visiting from America?

The voltage from a power outlet in The United Arab Emirates is different to a US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [9].

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates before plugging that into a United Arab Emirates power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet.

What voltage does The United Arab Emirates use?

The United Arab Emirates uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a United Arab Emirates power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a United Arab Emirates power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a United Arab Emirates power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a United Arab Emirates power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The United Arab Emirates, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates - United Arab Emirates Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  8. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  9. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  10. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets