International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates[edit | edit source]

  • In 1971 the independent Trucial States of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujiera, Sharjah and Um al Q’aiwan merged into the United Arab Emirates. They were joined by Ras al Khaimah in 1972. All stamps have “United Arab Emirates” or “U.A.E.” in the frank.
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai were the only members to use postage meters prior to the merger, and many of these machines continued to be used unchanged long after the merger. See ABU DHABI and DUBAI for these issues.
  • The stamps are grouped according to usage:
A – Stamps generated by machines in private and commercial use
PO – Stamps generated by machines in post offices

GROUP A: Stamps generated by machines in private use[edit | edit source]

A1. Pitney Bowes “5000” series (MV).

Frank with simulated perforation border, inscribed “U.A.E./POSTAGE PAID” at top.
M# with “P.B.” prefix breaks frame line at lower left.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
V/F:      000

A2. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type A1 but “POSTAGE PAID” at bottom.
Date and value figures on same level.
M# with “P.B.” prefix does not break frame line.
V/F:      000

A3. Pitney Bowes “6900” (MV).

Similar to Type A2 but taller frank.
M# with “PBE” prefix breaks bottom left frame line.
V/F:      000

A4. Pitney Bowes “6600” (MV).

Very similar to Type A3 but wider and value figures are larger.
M# with “PB” prefix does not break frame line.
V/F:      000

A5. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV).

Frank similar to Type A2 but without straight inner border lines, and the curved inscription at top is not in a banner.
Value figures large.
A. M# with “PB” prefix.
B. M# with “PBF” prefix.
V/F:      0000

A6. Postalia “D2/D3” (MV).

Frank nearly square.
M# with “PA” prefix centered at bottom.
V/F:      000      0000

A7. Francotyp-Postalia “T-1000” (digital).

Frank very similar to Type A6 but M# with “F/PA” prefix.
With “BHS” instead of “FILS” at left of value figures.
Date figures are taller, and value figures are digital.
V/F:      00.00

A8. Frama “M/E” (MV).

Horizontal frank with simulated perforation borders inscribed “United Arab Emirates” across bottom.
M# with small “FR” prefix above at left.
Value figures thick.
V/F:      0000

A9. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Very similar to Type A8 but M# with “H” prefix, and value figures thinner.
Frank width can vary, from 35 to 38 mm.
V/F:      0000

A10. Pitney Bowes” (digital).

Similar to Type A5 but with two columns of numbers left of the town mark.
V/F:      00000

A11. Hasler "Mailmaster F204” (MV).

Horizontal rectangle with Arabic text at top and "UNITED ARAB EMIRATES" above ID number at bottom.
At left, post horn logo and stacked "P/P".
At right "POSTAGE PAID" in Arabic above English.
M# CN 11 seen.
TM: unknown, probably DC (shown is a proof without TM)

NOTE: This stamp does not show a postage value, only "POSTAGE PAID". It has the appearance of being from a non-metered bulk mail printer, but it is from a Hasler "Mailmaster" meter. Although no postage amount shows, the postage generated by the machine is metered. Our only knowledge of the stamp is from the Hasler record sheet for the order. It was prepared for the Bahrain Services & Maintenance Company (BASMA B.V.) of Manama in 1987. The stamp shown above is affixed to this sheet. We haver not verified if the stamp was actually placed into use.

A12. Secap "Alpha” or "Minipost" (MV), 2000 or earlier.

Similar to Type A8 but both country names, Arabic and English, are at the top.
The frank is nearly square with "FILS" left of the value figures and nothing to their right.
Meter number with "SE" prefix at lower left.
V/F:      0000

A13. Frama "Sensonic 2" (MV).

Similar to Type A8 but the value figures are larger.
Meter number with "FR" prefix.
V/F:      00.00

A14. Satas "Baby" (MV).      [Appears to be rare]

Small square frank with single-line simulated perforation border.
"POSTAGE PAID" in Arabic and English read up vertically at left.
Meter number without prefix above "United Arab Emirates" at bottom.
Meter number 1101 seen.
V/F:      0000

GROUP PO: Stamps generated by machines in Post Offices[edit | edit source]

PO1. Zebra "S4M" (digital).
This stamp is a label for registered mail but it includes the postage amount as well as the registration information.
Covers found with this label have no other postage indicators and so it is also a postage stamp.
Below the bar code are two lines of text:
  • First line: Registration Number, Date, Value
  • Second line: Destination, Origin, Weight (g), Payment Type
V/F:      Amt: (0)(0)0.00Dhs

PO2. Unknown (digital).
Similar to Type PO1, but with narrower barcode and revised text:
  • First line: Registration Number, Date, Value
  • Second line: Origin, Destination, Staff ID, Weight (kg)
  • Third line: Optional line giving type of mailing
V/F:      Amt: (0)(0)0.00AED