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?

You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [3] for The United Arab Emirates if the plug you intend to use won't fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The United Arab Emirates all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a United Arab Emirates power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • 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 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 anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the 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 change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The United Arab Emirates, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will 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 will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or cellphone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The United Arab Emirates.
  • Excessive use of a mobile phone during a trip to The United Arab Emirates will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to bring a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

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

The United Arab Emirates power adapters

Power adapters for The United Arab Emirates

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.

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

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

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

What is a power adapter for a 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 [5].

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.

Electrical adapters for The United Arab Emirates

Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering more than one appliance at once via one United Arab Emirates power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • You will find some models have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if the device isn't dual voltage it should still be used with a United Arab Emirates power outlet when using a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative option to a voltage converter.
  • Most power strips feature multiple USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electronics. Some models also include a built in surge protector, this will prevent any device from being overloaded.
  • It will potentially be functional back at home as a USB charger and power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The United Arab Emirates. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal power converters, the power converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size and weight of a power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances and devices to charge.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with surge protection

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only need to charge devices which are USB powered.
  • You only have to bring a single charger rather than pack lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Offers surge protector built in.
  • The charger should still be functional back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a United Arab Emirates power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you can't to charge any appliances, only USB powered ones.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [3] will work in The United Arab Emirates.
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to use.
  • Cheap, prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / around C$15).
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend to visit more than one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G United Arab Emirates power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • 1 adapter for each device - for each individual device or appliance you wish to use you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Your accomodation may only have one wall outlet available, so you'll only be able to charge a single appliance at a time.
  • You will also still need to pack your separate domestic USB charger as well if you need to charge any USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most universal travel adapters function in around 150 countries.
  • An all in one design - small and lightweight for between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • There are some universal travel adapters which have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items when packed in luggage.
  • It should potentially be functional back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel power adapters can't be used with a high powered appliance; for example hair straighteners, clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break when travelling.
  • Universal travel adapters only charge a single plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not cover certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for appliances which don't support 220 volts.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) an adapter set typically works out more reasonable than buying individual plug adapter types costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all countries and not just a United Arab Emirates power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are travelling to different locations.
  • A plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with a United Arab Emirates power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack each plug adapter type along.
  • Lots individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining power adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially less common ones), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which works with a United Arab Emirates power outlet.
  • These plug adapters only change the shape of the plug but not the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 220 volts in The United Arab Emirates and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a United Arab Emirates power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carry-on luggage.
  • An expensive voltage converter is useless when returning from The United Arab Emirates.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just to power your existing appliance abroad.
  • Costly, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you are travelling from America and visiting The United Arab Emirates then you will require a power converter as the voltage in The United Arab Emirates is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The United Arab Emirates

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in The United Arab Emirates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G United Arab Emirates power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a United Arab Emirates power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in The United Arab Emirates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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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 supply used in The United Arab Emirates, types G, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket, also called the type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the power outlet by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangle configuration.

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?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in The United Arab Emirates you need to bring a step down power converter.

Is the power grid reliable in The United Arab Emirates?

Though consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in The United Arab Emirates is classed as dependable and there is no history of persistent power cuts compared to other countries.

Is there good access to electricity in The United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates has excellent access to electricity throughout the country.

Should I pack a portable charger for The United Arab Emirates?

Even though power blackouts in The United Arab Emirates aren't common and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers should still bring a portable charger to recharge their cell phone and other devices.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will drain the power before the end of the day. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation.
  • Bringing a power bank [4] to The United Arab Emirates eases those concerns as it means you can recharge your smart phone without needing a wall charger.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough electricity to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone. The mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger is capable of.
  • If you want to charge your laptop and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling.
Should I pack a portable charger for The United Arab Emirates?
Do solar battery chargers work in The United Arab Emirates?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar battery chargers work in The United Arab Emirates?

The daylight in The United Arab Emirates should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, however it will need to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger cells found on a solar backpack [16] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in The United Arab Emirates.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in The United Arab Emirates, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so can be charging a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in The United Arab Emirates is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike regular rigid solar panels, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. They come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

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 [7]. 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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to The United Arab Emirates.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in The United Arab Emirates.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volt power outlets in The United Arab Emirates along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in The United Arab Emirates only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in The United Arab Emirates might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in The United Arab Emirates for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a United Arab Emirates power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only 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 cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in The United Arab Emirates, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [18] will transform a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

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 [10] 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 [19].
  • 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 [10] 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, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [10].

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 [10] 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.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for The United Arab Emirates?

Which type of plug adapter do I need to bring to The United Arab Emirates?

The plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for The United Arab Emirates will depend on various requirements. Before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many devices are you bringing to The United Arab Emirates?

Family need to power electronics too

How many devices are you bringing to The United Arab Emirates?

  • List all the devices and applicances you intended on packing for The United Arab Emirates (such as cell phones, laptops, eReaders, clothes irons or hair straighteners).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer next year?
    • There are an increasing amount of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB as a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices as well.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to charge their devices too?
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB items

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

Make a list of items to bring

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example mobile phones or Kindles.
  • If you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to The United Arab Emirates you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to pack that single compact charger rather than packing lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and converting voltage for many low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion, potentially damaging the power strip.

Will your devices and appliances work with 220 volt power outlets?

Is The United Arab Emirates the only country you'll be visiting?

  • Most simple plug adapters will typically only work in a single country which they are designed for, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you'll need to pack additional plug adapters which can in turn add to the weight you have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.
How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in The United Arab Emirates?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in The United Arab Emirates?

  • You could find that accommodation might offer only one power outlet on the wall, this could be an inconvenience when charging up batteries of more than one electronic item overnight because you'll only be able to recharge one device at a time.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can charge multiple USB ports and power outlets.

Are you intending to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Cheap power adapters start at under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which charges one device in one location (provided that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage), but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) will allow you to power multiple devices at once and be able to bring them to multiple different countries.

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Will you always have good access to electrical power?

  • The electricity in The United Arab Emirates is stable but if you want to visit another country you might need a power adapter which will protect your electrical appliances. The power can sporadically fluctuate in some other countries and this could possibly cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Packing a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for any power cuts and countries with limited electricity.
Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Will it take you a long time to travel to The United Arab Emirates?

Arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to travel to The United Arab Emirates?

  • If you're taking a longer journey to get to The United Arab Emirates think about bringing a convenient airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets right before a long haul flight.
  • As not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After arriving you could have to use your cell phone for making telephone calls, messenging, using sat nav or reading itineraries - so it is recommended that your phone will have enough charge remaining.

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 [20].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$15).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, priced at between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced at between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$45).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$25).
  10. 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, costs under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing between $150 to $160 USD (around £140 GBP / under C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25 USD (around £30 GBP / under C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costs under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$60).
  18. 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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-C$70).
  19. 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, costing around $140 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets