Abu Dhabi - Post Report Question and Answers

How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

DPO is generally three to four weeks. There is local post offices but we have only received few items. We can ship straight from China in three days, but there are customs fees (not much). - Feb 2020

We have APO and DPO at the embassy. You can ship almost anything to post. - Jun 2019

We use DPO and pouch. Others use Aramax, FedEx, UPS and DHL. It seems fairly easy to receive international mail here. - Sep 2017

DPO! I love DPO. Many expat friends get mail through their company, however, and the UAE seems to thrive on post box addressees since residential addresses are still a work in progress. - Jun 2015

We rely on diplomatic mail. There are no street addresses, so you use either your own or your employer's PO box for snail mail. - May 2013

The national post system (Empost) could be a bit slow. In addition there are no street addresses in the UAE so you need to get a post box from the post office. If the contents were important I would use Fedex. - Jul 2012

We get ours through the Embassy; I've heard okay things about the Emirati post, although it's all to PO Boxes (no home delivery. No addresss, in fact, really). - Aug 2011

Not an issue. - Jul 2011

I use the Embassy's APO/DPO.There are no actual street addresses and I have never seen a mail delivery person. There are post offices but I have never been inside one here. Aramex is a local courier service thatgives you a UK and US address so that you can shop online and have things delivered to you in the UAE. Aramex charges you for the delivery. FEDEX, UPS, DHL and local service Empost are other couriers available in country. - Nov 2010

PO Boxes-there are no street addresses in the UAE. - Aug 2009

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