Like most Middle Eastern regions, the United Arab Emirates has tremendously rigid messaging laws in place, and carriers impose strict filters on all SMS messages. It can even be difficult to deliver critical or time-sensitive A2P (application to person) messages. See the full list of restrictions in the table below, or read more at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
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|Opt-out||An opt-out message must be included in the SMS text and the body pushed out – for example, ‘To opt-out SMS N to XXXX‘ (English) or ‘XXXX NO?XXXX’ (Arabic), in accordance with regulations laid down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA). This will use 24 characters in English and 17 characters in Arabic. The number of characters for a single message will thus decrease to 136 (English) and 53 (Arabic). This regulation will be in place until further notice.
*Note: opt-out regulations are not applicable in cases where the client owns a database of opted-in customers/end-users (attested to in writing). Auto-replies send out as part of interactive campaigns need not include ‘opt-out’ text.
|Message format||The following character limits are for concatenated SMS text, as per international telecoms standards. Please reduce the numbers below by 24 characters for English and 17 characters for Arabic in order to include compulsory opt-out text. Note that opt-out is needed in the UAE only.
*Standard length, including spaces
Note: Spaces are counted as characters both in English and Arabic messages.
|Time restriction||SMS messages may be sent between 7 am and 9 pm (UAE standard time) only.|
|Message type||Messages are categorized in two ways:
|Message content||The following content is not allowed in SMS messages:
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