Etisalat launched eSIM

In the UAE, only the latest Apple iPhones are eSIM compatible

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eSIM is now a reality in the UAE or will be as soon as the owners of the new Apple iPhones (Xs, Xs MAX, and the Xr) download iOS 12.1, which is being rolled out across the world today. etisalat esim

Etisalat becomes the first Middle East telecom to offer eSIM services for smartphones. They first introduced eSIM technology in May of this year for the Apple Watch.


An eSIM allows users to connect their smartphones to a telecom’s network without having to purchase a physical card, although the eSIM phones announced so far can also use physical SIMs, essentially making them dual-sim phones.

eSIM services are also being rolled out in Austria and Canada. Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Hungary, India, Spain, and the US. In the UAE, the only phones that are eSIM-compatible are the three latest iPhones. Two Google Android phones (the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2XL), which have not been released in the UAE, are also eSIM compatible.

Tariffs for the eSIM packages have not been announced yet. etisalat esim

How to activate eSIM

  • Visit any Etisalat outlet to register the eSIM to your phone
  • Get the QR code from My Etisalat UAE app (existing number) or an Etisalat agent (new number)
  • Scan the QR code on the phone you would like to activate the eSIM on

If you are travelling to the UAE, here are some indicative prepaid eSIM card prices for the UAE:



1 GB - 7 days - €7.94

3 GB - 30 days - €21.03

5 GB - 30 days - €32.71airalo


1 GB - 7 days - €14.00

3 GB - 30 days - €10.50

10 GB - 30 days - €58.00



1 GB - 7 days - €7.50

3 GB - 15 days - €11.00

10 GB - 30 days - €21.00






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Yoho Mobile


1 GB - 7 days - €7.47 

3 GB - 10 days - €18.69

10 GB - 30 days- €51.39

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1 GB - 7 days - €4.95

3 GB - 30 days - €12.95

10 GB -30 days - €35.95

* Get your Airalo discount code here.

From your iPhone

Make sure your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR is updated to iOS 12.1 and above

  • Scan the QR code provided by our agent
  • Go to Settings > Cellular
  • Select “Add Cellular Plan” to launch the camera automatically
  • Use your iPhone to scan the QR code

From your Samsung

  • Scan the QR code provided by our agent
  • Go to Settings > SIM Card Manager
  • Select eSIM > Add Mobile Plan to launch the camera automatically
  • Use your Galaxy phone to scan the QR code

Your eSIM is ready to use.

Subscribing to eSIM has never been easier. You can get a new eSIM account or replace your existing physical SIM with an eSIM by visiting any Etisalat Business Centre/outlet or on the My Etisalat UAE app. To switch to an eSIM using the app, simply log in via UAE PASS > Manage Account > My SIM Cards > Replace SIM/Switch to eSIM.

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