United Arab Emirates stamps

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Flag of United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (also called the UAE) is an oil-rich Middle Eastern country situated in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, comprising seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Before 1971, they were known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman, in reference of a nineteenth-century truce between the British and some Arab sheikhs. It borders Oman and Saudi Arabia.

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Early Beginning: The beginnings of postal services in the UAE go back to several years.

1909- Postal Facilities commenced with the opening of the UAEs first Post Office in Dubai.

1947 1948 A period of transition: During this transitional period, Indian stamps overprinted with the word Pakistani were used on letters and parcels sent through the Dubai office.

1948- Post Office came under British control: On 1st April, 1948, the British Postal Administration took over the management of the Dubai post office.

1963 1964: Postal Services established in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah

1963- British control of the post office came to an end

1967- Government of Abu Dhabi gained control of the postal service. On the 1st January, 1967, the Government of Abu Dhabi took over control of the post office. Use of British stamps ceased.

1971- The U.A.E came into existence: The United Arab Emirates, federation of 7 emirates, was established on the 2nd December, 1971, following British withdrawal from the region.

1972- Postal Services Unified: On 1st August all postal services within the United Arab Emirates were unified under a federal decree (number 8); the General Postal Administration (under the Ministry of Communications) was established.

1985- General Postal Authority established: The General Postal Authority was established by federal decree (number 4) on 1st August.

2001- Emirates Post Corporation was established.

Scott: #490O

Issued: 1.4.1995

10th Anniversary, General Post Office Authority

Inside #490: Stamps on Envelopes

Scott: #491O

Issued: 11.4.1995

First Gulf Cooperation Council Philatelic Exhibition, Abu Dhabi

Inside #491: Pseudo Stamp

Scott: #574-5O

Issued: 24.6.1997

First Anniversary, Emirates Philatelic Association

Inside #574: UAE Stamps TBI












Raschid bin Sajjid al Maktum


Inside #575: UAE Stamps TBI















Emirates Philatelic Association was established according to Ministerial Decree No. 372 on 24/6/1996. Since then, the Association has tried to continue the success achieved by Philately in the U.A.E.

Objectives of the Association

         Encouraging and developing philately and its promotional strategy.

         Strengthening co-operation and recognition ties between philatelists in the U.A.E.

         Holding symposia and exhibitions regarding philately.

         Assisting in organizing philatelic groups in schools, institutes, universities and social clubs in the U.A.E.

         Issuing magazines and publications related to stamp collecting.

         Co-operating with Arab and International philatelic associations and clubs.

         Providing a library for members.

         Developing social, cultural and other activities.

In a short period of time, the Association has been able to develop philately at the local, Arab, and international level. This has been achieved through its zealous participation in various activities and exhibitions, and through the effort put forth by its members, which number over 120.

Scott: #687-8O

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #687: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert

Scott: #834-5O

Issued: 24.6.2006

19th Asian Stamp Exhibition - Dubai 2006

Inside #834-5: Pseudo Stamp

Scott: #843O

Issued: 13.11.2006

12th GCC Postage Stamp Exhibition - UAE 2006

Inside #843: Pseudo Stamp

Scott: #954O

Issued: 05.03.2009

2nd Arab Stamp Exhibition

Inside #954: Pseudo Stamp

Thanks to G.B.

Scott: #972-5O

Issued: 19.08.2009

100 Years of Postal Service

Inside #972:

Pakistan #12O

Pakistan #2O

Pakistan imprinted

Envelope 1947

Higgins & Gage #B1O




Pakistan #4O





Pakistan #1O





Pakistan #2O



Inside #973:

Trucial State #4O

Oman #52O

Oman #21O

Dubai #93O

Dubai #92O

Dubai #91O



Dubai #94O


Dubai #95O

Dubai #96O


Inside #974:


Sharjah 1971

Dubai #80O

Dubai #83O

UAE #13O


The price is 40d- in #??? The combination is 5d+35d


Inside #975:

UAE #112O

UAE #113O

UAE #115O


On the back - UAE #??? -TBI


On the back - UAE #??? -TBI

Scott: #976O

Inside #976:

India #179

India #176

India #173

India Higgins & Gage #B18




India #179

India #173

India #174


India #164

India #163



Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????-?O

Issued: 30.03.2013

50th Anniversary of Postal Services in Abu Dhabi

Inside #???? (1 dh):

Abu Dhabi #26,

Abu Dhabi #80


Inside #???? (150f):

Abu Dhabi #10,

Abu Dhabi #62


Inside #???? (3 dh):

Abu Dhabi #14,

Abu Dhabi #42


Inside #???? (4 dh):

Abu Dhabi #16,

Abu Dhabi #80

Abu Dhabi #39,

Abu Dhabi #46


Scott: #????O

Inside #???? (S/S): As above

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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