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Key Issues of UAE Betting

Welcome gentlemen.  You’re likely already aware of the issues that surround sports betting within the United Arab Emirates.  It is technically illegal to gamble on sports in the UAE.    It is important to note that many types of content are technically illegal for people in the UAE to access via the Internet.  The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority within UAE has the ability to block this content.  However, with regard to Internet content that is relevant to gambling, like sports betting, zero content is being blocked.  Prior to the recent TRA website redesign, there was a page that showed than none of these sites were being blocked, despite their right to do so.   

In other words, Emiratis and ex-patriots within the UAE have free access to online sportsbooks that accept wagers from people around the world, even though the government has the ability to block you.  It is up to you if you feel that you should act upon this freedom.  If you feel as if you’d like to proceed, you need to find the right betting site for your needs.  I’ve compiled a list of the best handful of companies that cater to the needs of UAE sports bettors whether you reside in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah or Umm al-Quwain.  

UAE Bonuses & Mobile Betting

First, I’ll deal with the issue of bonuses or free bets.  When you visit the websites for these sportsbooks, you will likely see promotions for free bets or deposit bonuses.  Be aware, before you go to visit that for the most part, these bonuses have been restricted by the respective betting sites to registrants in a limited group of countries, and sometimes no more than one or two countries.  As such, expect that as an Emirati citizen or resident you may be ineligible for these promotions.  

In terms of mobile betting, each of these services offers a mobile-optimized website that you will be able to access from within UAE.  While many of these providers do provide mobile apps, once again these are only made available to residents of a limited group of countries.  Despite this, understand that the experiences using the mobile sites are excellent, fast and include essentially full coverage of betting markets in comparison to the online experience from your Mac or PC.  Read more about this on the UAE mobile sports betting page.

BetVictor is known widely in the UK for having the most competitive football odds. If football is going to be the sport on which you will focus more than any other, BetVictor must be at the top of your list.  Read the BetVictor UAE review.

bet365 is one of the biggest names in the sportsbook business.  With the most comprehensive sports betting coverage and the most intuitive online and mobile platforms, bet365 is quick and easy to use with innovative features that set them apart from most sportsbooks and the most currencies.  Read the bet365 UAE review.

The best online sports betting for players in the United Arab Emirates

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Pinnacle Sports operates as a reduced-juice sportsbook.  This means they don’t advertise & the savings is passed back to bettors with consistently higher paying odds on all sports and offer very high limits. Read the Pinnacle Sports UAE review.

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BetFred is the 4th largest sportsbook in the UK, established in 1967.  They offer one of the best mobile sports betting experiences with a focus on football and horse racing, but of course cover all sports.  Read the BetFred UAE review.

Unibet, headquartered in Stockholm, provides some amazing coverage of sports betting, especially with their coverage of niche sports like ice hockey.  If you like a breadth of sports, Unibet must be considered heavily.  Read the Unibet UAE review.

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888Sport’s parent company has been online since 1997 and are listed on the London Stock Exchange.  They have the most extensive array of banking methods and a wide array of betting markets for all sports.  Read the 888Sport UAE review

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Banking with your sportsbook from UAE

Key to your sportsbook experience is the manner in which you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw funds from your betting account via your chosen UAE-friendly banking methods.  


As no sportsbook in the world offers Emirati Dirham betting accounts, you will need to set your betting account to another currency.  In conjunction with this, you may also want a banking method that exists in the same currency to minimize currency exchange fees.  Each separate sportsbook review lists the accepted currencies for each site.

High Limit Sports Betting in the United Arab Emirates

High Limit Betting

Most sportsbooks cater to the average bettor.  However, with a relatively small population and a very high average income.  It makes sense to examine the betting sites that can accommodate bettors that wish to bet larger sums of money.  


Some services are more able to accept high wagers than others.  I examine the limits at each of the sportsbooks I list so you can bet as much as you would like to, on the sports that interest you the most.

How my research was formed and list constructed

I’ve identified the best betting sites for almost every important market on earth from the perspective of the people in each respective market.  Not every betting company is geared toward every market due to issues regarding registration acceptance, language, currency, banking, sports coverage and more.  As such, I’ve reviewed dozens of online sportsbooks to identify the best ones for each market.  

In my list above, I only include the betting sites that are right for the Emirates’ market, excluding the sites that fail to measure up.  Most other review sites list every site that they review because they don’t care which site you actually choose.  They would prefer you simply recognize a logo and click through to register, even if that site is a poor choice for you.  I choose not to list brands that I feel fail to meet UAE player needs.

Each of my listed sites accept UAE bettors, are all well-established companies with excellent reputations, have UAE-friendly banking methods, excellent mobile betting platforms, while focusing on the sports that Emiratis tend to enjoy the most.  Many also offer extremely high betting limits for bettors that have vast resources with which to play.  I don’t provide phoney star ratings or grades.  I assume my readers are smart enough to look past such juvenile tactics used by other review sites.  You’ll find my list essentially in alphabetical order (but numbers after letters) with the key information stated concisely so you may move on to get started quickly.

MarathonBet has been on the scene since 1997 and has now exploded with growth and sponsorships of top English Premier League clubs.  They have moved to offer the most comprehensive football betting coverage with extremely high-paying odds.  Read the MarathonBet UAE review.

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