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

United Arab Emirates power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

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

If the shape of the United Arab Emirates power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit into a United Arab Emirates power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for The United Arab Emirates to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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 [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

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

The United Arab Emirates power outlets

What kind of outlets are in The United Arab Emirates?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - The plug supply, also known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by 3 holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - The power supply, technically known as a type G power outlet, can be identified by the 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
What kind of outlets are in The United Arab Emirates?

What voltage is used in The United Arab Emirates?

The common residential voltage in The United Arab Emirates is 220 volts.

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.

The United Arab Emirates USB 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The United Arab Emirates?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 voltage converter for The United Arab Emirates?

When you are visiting The United Arab Emirates from another country check the device can accept a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting The United Arab Emirates from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

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.

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

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

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

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

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

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

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

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

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

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates - United Arab Emirates Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.