The United Arab Emirates power adapters - What adapter do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

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 [2] 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?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a United Arab Emirates power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different region.

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

It depends on the type of plug you want to use and the location you are travelling from.

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 for a United Arab Emirates power outlet allows visitors travelling from a different country to use their electrical devices in The United Arab Emirates simply by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The United Arab Emirates in the UK

The United Arab Emirates to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in The United Arab Emirates

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The United Arab Emirates

On arrival power adapters could 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.

  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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor