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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.  Not all betting sites offer them.  Those that do offer bonuses do not always offer them to customers from all countries.  Sometimes no more than one or two countries are eligible for the offers.  As such, expect that as a UAE resident you may be ineligible for some promotions.  If you want to explore bonus offers from the UAE, look at bet365, 10Bet, Spin Palace Sports and Unibet - they have bonuses that tend not to be restrictive by country.  Click to visit and you will be presented with their latest promotion, which will be subject to various terms and conditions.

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. BetVictor is the global betting partner for a top Merseyside football club.   Read the BetVictor 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.  They also offer very high betting limits. Read the Pinnacle Sports UAE review.

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Unibet, headquartered in Stockholm, provides some amazing coverage of sports betting, especially with their  huge number of betting markets.  If you like a breadth of sports, Unibet must be considered heavily.  You will also find a bonus offer when you click to visit them.  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

Banking with your sportsbook from the 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 no order of preference, with the key information stated concisely so you may move on to get started quickly. Each little summary gives you the key points or you may click to read a little more information in the site review.  .

MarathonBet has been on the scene since 1997 and has now exploded with growth and sponsorships of top English and Spanish football clubs, including perhaps the biggest English club of them all.  They have moved to offer the most comprehensive football betting coverage with extremely high-paying odds - important to consider.  Read the MarathonBet UAE review.

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Betway serves over 2 million account holders world-wide and offer a beautiful interface with an excellent mobile platform.  Like most top betting sites, they also offer an early cash out feature.  Betway offers great football betting in addition to all sports.  Long-time sponsor of West Ham United FC.  Read the Betway UAE review.

UAE Sports Bonus Offers

10Bet has become a top betting brand, online since 2003.  Enjoy one of the most generous bonus offers on the market, which is available for UAE bettors.  This is a rarity.  Solid odds and a wide array of markets ensure your needs are met.  ‘Fast Markets’ keep those that enjoy live betting engaged with interesting and unique ways to bet as your event progresses.   Read the 10Bet UAE review.

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bet365 covers all sports comprehensively in terms of the number of available leagues & betting markets. They have the most intuitive interfaces for mobile and desktop and they constantly innovate with the most advanced features for bettors.  Lots of banking methods are available for UAE bettors.  Read the bet365 UAE review.

One of the world’s premier online casinos also offers a top-notch online sports betting service. Online since 2001, Spin Palace offer solid odds, a great sign up bonus, an Arabic language site version if you prefer it, and UAE banking methods for your account.   Read the Spin Palace Sports UAE review.

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