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Private PO Box in UAE

Private PO Box in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, UAE

Private, personal, individual, or company PO Box services in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and other cities and emirates in the UAE. How to rent and renew your own individual post office box and how to address mail sent to UAE PO Boxes.

This information is for Private PO Boxes, i.e. Private, Personal, Individual, or Company PO Boxes. See the UAE Public PO Box services page for information about having mail delivered to a post office in the UAE without renting your own PO Box.

How to rent private individual PO Box in the UAE

Note that the rental process is the same whether you rent in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, or any other location in the UAE since the postal service is a federal institution.

You'll need:

Process

PO Box renewal

How to use a Private Post Office Box address in the UAE

Address format to use to send mail to a UAE address (note that street addresses are not usually used for mail delivery in the UAE, residents mostly use PO Boxes).

[Update] (last update Aug 2011) Mail Delivery in the UAE and Post Office boxes

There is no mail delivery to street addresses in the UAE, all mail goes to PO Boxes at the various post office locations. Most residents have mail delivered to their company's post office box, which is usually collected daily by companies, and delivered to their employees. Your address is normally accepted as the company's PO Box in the UAE. This can cause problems when supplying an address to various organisations overseas who are not familiar with mail delivery in Dubai and the UAE (and many other countries in the Middle East). Usually if you explain the situation, companies will be sympathetic.

Courier companies such as Aramex, DHL, Fedex will do home and office deliveries. It is normal to supply them with a telephone number for the recipient so the courier company can phone and get directions to the delivery location. Street addresses do exist, sort of, but navigation is more often done with the use of major landmarks, common names for streets (rather than the signposted name), and building names and colors.

It's possible (but unlikely) that those living in apartment buildings have PO Boxes provided - the building owner, not you or your landlord, has to arrange this with the Emirates Post. Or if undesignated post office boxes are installed in the building already, you might be able to rent one individually direct from Emirates Post - see below about PO Box rental but also bring along your tenancy contract.

There were reports in early 2009 that Emirates Post was implementing a system of home delivery of mail in the UAE, to be up and running by 2012. Don't get too excited just yet - when you start seeing letter boxes outside your apartment building or villa, then something might be on the cards.

Private Post Office Box rental UAE

Update January 2011

Emirates Post increased PO Box rental prices (minimum AED 200 per year for individual), and decreased rental period from a choice of 1-3 years to just one year. Rental application or renewal at post office or online but going to post office seems easier - they might be less fussy about documentation required (such as Emirates ID card, residence visa copy, photos, but you will at least need passport copy), and how accurately you fill in the form.

There is an option of once per week mail pick up and deliver for business customers for minimum AED 3,500 (approximately, unconfirmed).

Previous post office box rental information for Dubai and UAE

You can get your own personal mail box - a good idea if you think you may be changing employers on a regular basis, but want to stay in the UAE. The disadvantage is you have to go and get your own mail. PO Box rental costs about 200-500 dhs per year (increased from 100-250 dhs in February 2008). New applications can be accepted at anytime (if there are PO Boxes available) but renewal is always done in January. Go to your favorite post office location with passport & residence visa (employment shouldn't be necessary), 2 copies, 2 photos, and some cash. There's an application form on the Empost website you can download and fill in, or get one at the post office.

For convenience, look for a post office near where you live or work, and remember that if you sign up for a PO Box in another emirate or new location in the same emirate, you will end up with a new PO Box number.

Post office box access is normally available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week but parcel and registered letter collection is not.

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Last update Saturday 30-Mar-2019.
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