Since I’ve moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates I have signed up for local post services. This is a necessity if you would like to receive letters locally or from abroad. Any letters that do not contain a P.O. box code or phone number will be returned to sender.
The post system in the United Arab Emirates is special in a way that there are no postal codes. Letters are delivered only to post boxes.
To receive letters you either need a personal post box, use your employers post box or rent a post box through another service.
Local Post Services and Virtual Mailbox – United Arab Emirates
In Dubai I am using 2 solutions for receiving post. I highly recommend the AnyTime Mailbox for a more personalised full service offering.
1. AnyTime Mailbox
AnyTime Mailbox is a global post service operator with worldwide locations. Fortunately they do offer 2 locations in Dubai. I’ve been using the Dubai World Trade Center Location. This location is operated by Office Operator The Executive Centre at One Central. The subscription fee is 99 AED per month or 1099.99AED if you subscribe for a whole year.
The service of you can expect here is top notch and meets Dubai service standards. In case you have any inquiries the reception will take care of it within minutes. You will also get a personal call-back in case your request could not be solved directly.
Use the button below to sign up through my friend recommendation link: You receive a $10 Amazon Voucher to give you a discount on your subscription first month.
2. Emirates Post PO Box
After using your employers post box, renting a personal post box with Emirates Post is the cheapest option to receive post.
There is one disadvantage to the Emirates Post PO Box. You need to physically head over to your post box and pick up letters there. Emirates Post offers a service to deliver your post box letters to your house; however this is a local service only and does not provide international forwarding.
As far as I know there is also no notification about incoming letters, so you need to check the post box on a regular basis.
The process to rent a personal post box is as follows:
- Go to emiratepost.ae and sign-up for a post box online OR go to a post office to sign-up there.
- Pick Up your post box key from the post office.
- Check regularly if any mail has arrived
- Go to your post box to pick-up letters (or subscribe to local delivery through Emirates Post)