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Zip codes, postcodes, mailing addresses Dubai, UAE

Zip codes, postcodes, mailing addresses Dubai, UAE

List of Dubai and UAE zip codes and postal codes

This is a short list. There isn't anywhere in Dubai or UAE that uses a zip code or postcode for mail delivery. Try 00000 if you are forced to use one.

Confusion arises because all UAE mail is delivered to a PO Box, e.g. "Somebody, PO Box 12345, Dubai, UAE". If mail is addressed as "Somebody, Dubai 12345, UAE" without the text "PO Box", it will still be delivered successfully but it looks there is a postcode for Dubai rather than a PO Box.

Mailing addresses for Dubai and UAE

Mailing address formats used in the UAE

Replace "12345" with the correct PO Box number. Don't use hyphens or spaces in the PO Box number (although mail will usually still be delivered correctly if there are hypens or spaces e.g. "12 345" or "123-45").

Postal address formats to use in the UAE
Company Personal Incorrect but
delivered ok
Also incorrect,
also delivered
[Person's name if required]
Company name

PO Box xxxxx
Emirate or City
United Arab Emirates
Person name
PO Box xxxxx
Emirate or City
United Arab Emirates
Person name
xxxxx
Emirate or City
United Arab Emirates
Person name
Location xxxxx
United Arab Emirates
Example Example Example Example
Mr Ahmed Al Wasl, Manager
AAW General Trading
PO Box 12345
Dubai
UAE
Ahmed Al Wasl
PO Box 12345
Dubai
UAE
Ahmed Al Wasl
12345
Dubai
UAE
Ahmed Al Wasl
Dubai 12345
UAE

Either UAE or United Arab Emirates can be used for country name (when sent from English speaking countries). Use the relevant abbreviation or full name from non-English speaking countries.

What to do if a zip code or postcode is required for mail to the UAE?

There are often situations where a company requires a zip code for a delivery or mailing address in the UAE, for example Amazon, AliExpress, other ecommerce and online shopping websites. In that case, use 00000 as a default zip code for anywhere in the UAE.

Here is a list of our suggestions for UAE zip codes or postcodes to use, in order of preference (our opinion only).

  1. Try leaving the zip code or postcode field blank, or type a space.
  2. 00000 or 0000 - seems to work fine for us most of the time. Use "zeros" not "ohs".
  3. A 3 letter code for a city or emirate (not always the same as the airport code) e.g. DXB for Dubai, AUH for Abu Dhabi, but RAK for Ras Al Khaimah (not the airport code which is RKT). Or try using UAE for the postcode, and then enter United Arab Emirates for the country.
  4. Your UAE mobile number starting with 05 e.g. 05012345 (that's not a real UAE mobile number). The advantage with this is that if there is an address or delivery problem, the post office in the UAE will sometimes phone your mobile to try to get the item delivered - more likely with parcels and packages than with letters.
  5. Make something up if there is a restrictive zip code or postcode format expected. You might need to check validity online for the relevant country if the submission form requires a valid postcode, not just a valid format. But realistically, if you are forced to try this method online, you should really question whether or not you really want to be dealing with a company that has such a clumsy website user interface. Also, watch out that the country choice doesn't change even if you had set it to UAE already. One more problem with countries that use 5-digit postal codes is that the postcode could easily be confused with the UAE PO Box number resulting in a mail delivery error. Some country examples:
  6. The UAE PO Box used for delivery address. It will end up appearing twice on the address label but you will still only get one copy of the package or letter.
  7. In Dubai, the Makani number for your physical location (if you know what it is, there should be a label on the building or fence). The post office won't deliver your mail there, you still need a PO Box for that, but the sender won't know that.

Post codes and zip codes for courier deliveries in the UAE

List of postcodes and zip codes not used in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and other UAE locations ...

... but often searched for or requested

List of commonly used (but invalid) postal codes for the UAE
Location Zip or Post Code 3 letter or
short code
GIS Notes
United Arab Emirates 00000 UAE    
Abu Dhabi 00000 AUH Onwani  
Ajman 00000 AJM   Makani?
Al Ain 00000 AAN Onwani  
Dubai 00000 DXB Makani  
Fujairah 00000 FUJ   Makani?
Ras Al Khaimah 00000 RAK   Makani?
Sharjah   SHJ Sharjah PCS  
Umm Al Quwain 00000 UAQ   Makani?
         
Abu Shagara, Sharjah        
Al Barsha, Dubai        
Al Dhaid, Sharjah        
Al Ghubaiba, Sharjah        
Al Majaz 2, Sharjah       First GIS signs, Apr 2015
Al Nahda, Sharjah        
Al Qusais, Dubai        
Al Rahmaniyah 5, Sharjah       First GIS signs, Apr 2015
Bur Dubai        
Business Bay, Dubai        
Deira, Dubai        
Dubai Internet City   DIC    
Dubai Investment Park   DIP, DIP1, DIP2    
Dubai Mall        
Dubai Marina        
Dubai Silicon Oasis   DSO    
Dubailand        
International City        
Karama, Dubai        
Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi        
Mussafah, Abu Dhabi        
Rolla, Sharjah        
Satwa, Dubai        
TECOM, Dubai   TECOM    
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi        

UAE Postal Code Project

GIS location and addressing systems in the UAE

Makani GIS system Dubai and Northern Emirates

Onwani GIS system for Abu Dhabi emirate

Sharjah Postal Code System (PCS) for GIS

The Sharjah Urban Planning Council (UPC, SUPC) started introducing an location address system in 2015, called the "Sharjah Postal Code System (PCS)", similar to the Makani 10-digit address locating system introduced in Dubai, and Onwani in Abu Dhabi. Although these systems can be used for deliveries, they are different from more general area post codes or zip codes which are often used in other countries for addressing mail delivered by post office systems. The GIS reference numbers are unique and specific to individual buildings.

Since the UAE postal service is unlikely to start introducing free mail delivery services to the general public in the forseeable future (paid mail delivery is available), the Sharjah Postal Code is not required when addressing items posted to you if you live in Sharjah. You will still need a PO Box as of 2015 ... 2016 ... 2017 ... 2018 ... 2019. Unless using a paid for delivery service (courier or post office), in which case the Postal Code might be used.

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