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Exploring 4G and 5G Mobile Network Coverage in the UAE

Exploring 4G and 5G Mobile Network Coverage in the UAE

You need a SIM card that provides a strong signal to stay connected in remote areas of the UAE or anywhere you live. There are currently two major networks offering their services in Dubai, one being Etisalat and the other being DU. Do you know which network has the best signals and coverage in your area in the United Arab Emirates?

With the help of many friends and some users, we tried to check whether Etisalat and DU provide good services and where not. It took us more than a month and a half to do this, but we succeeded to some extent, which information we are sharing with you.

Right now, most people in the UAE prefer to visit Dubai. In Dubai, you can see DU and Etisalat competing with each other. When it comes to SIM card prices for these two networks, they are the same. Their plans are slightly different, but 80% of them are similar.

Etisalat and Du Coverage Comparison


Now we will list all the areas and cities which will show the quality of the network where their services are best.

In the map, you can check the coverage of both networks. DU has spread its network extensively and covers around 85% of the area, which is an estimate. Similarly, Etisalat has better 5G coverage compared to DU.

Etisalat 5G Coverage:

In Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Old Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Dibba Khor Fakkan, Fujairah, Al Dhaid, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Mirfa Al Jadeedah, Etisalat provide 5G coverage. Additionally, many highways and towns are covered by Etisalat 5G.

Du 5G Coverage:

DU also covers the following areas: Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Old Town Area, Old Ras Al Khaimah, Jazeerah Al Hamra (Free Zone 1), Fujairah, Al Ain, Al Dhafra, Liwa, and Mirfa.

Coverage by Cities:

The table lists locations with good coverage of 4G, and 5G. We won’t include the name of the coverage if any network has less than 30% coverage in a location. As Etisalat improves network quality, Du is expanding its services everywhere.

CityDu CoverageEtisalat Coverage
Abu DhabiFull 4GFull 5GFull 4G4G Weak
DubaiFull 4GFull 5GFull 4GFull 5G
SharjahFull 4GFull 5GFull 4GFull 5G
AjmanFull 4G5G WeakFull 4GFull 5G
Umm Al-QuwainFull 4G5G WeakFull 4GFull 5G
Ras Al KhaimahFull 4G5G WeakFull 4GFull 5G
FujairahFull 4GFull 5GFull 4G5G Weak
Al AinFull 4G5G WeakFull 4GFull 5G

As Etisalat is ramping up 5G services at a fast pace, it should focus on 4G services as well. There are some areas in many cities where there is no 4G coverage, even if there is some signal, it makes the internet very slow.

The number of 4G customers is much more than 5G customers, so both networks should focus on 4G as well. Etisalat’s 3G coverage is much better than DU’s, but both networks have overlooked it.

It’s a fact that very few users will use 3G soon. Every company is now focusing on new technology, such as 6G. Consumers should always use a good device that meets their needs.

Which is the best SIM in UAE for Travel?

While travelling, use the same SIM card that provides signals in each area, whether it covers 4G or 5G.DU provides 4G coverage in most areas of the UAE, and their signals are available everywhere when considering total signal coverage. In most areas where Etisalat signals are available, you can use both 5G and 4G.

If you are staying in one place or city, choose a SIM card that provides good coverage in that area. This will save you both time and money. When travelling, make sure to check the signal coverage at your destination.

If you are experiencing any network problems in your area, please let us know below. We will keep updating this post as needed so you can stay informed about the coverage of all networks.

Disclaimer: Coverage percentages are approximate and may vary by location. For accurate, up-to-date information, please contact your service providers.

Hi, I am Saleem Baloch and living in the UAE. After moving to Dubai, I got a lot of experience with telecom and travel here after which I started this blog. I personally tested eSims, physical prepaid and postpaid SIMs in UAE and share my knowledge with people.

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