Abu Dhabi Stamps and Postal History


Stamp SetThe final “Abu Dhabi” issue was the 1972 U.A.E. Provisional Issue, which saw stamps from Abu Dhabi’s fourth definitive issue overprinted with UAE and the “Abu Dhabi” obliterated.

The first three stamps to be issued were the 5 Fils, 10 Fils and 60 Fils stamps, which were issued on the 1st of August 1972. The next two stamps to be released were the 50 Fils and 90 Fils stamps but the release date of the two stamps is not known and no FDC exists. As for the remaining seven stamps no date of issue is known. The provisional set consists of a total of 12 values: 5 Fils, 10 Fils, 25 Fils, 35 Fils, 50 Fils, 60 Fils, 70 Fils, 90 Fils, 125 Fils, 150 Fils, 500 Fils and 1 Dinar.

The study of the UAE overprints reveals that appearances of many of these stamps are non-identical. This characteristic has left the overprints with many varieties.

The first definitive issue of the U.A.E. was released on the 1st of January 1973 and superseded the provisional U.A.E. issue.
Type of StampDefinitive
Web Cat.86
Stanley Cat.85
Scotts Cat.85
Michel Cat.85
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date01-Aug-1972
Denomination10 Fils
Sheet SizeSheet of 50 (5 by 10 vertically – 2 panes of 25)
DescriptionThe U.A.E. Provisional Issue - 1972
PrinterThe stamps were initially printed in lithography by De La Rue & Co. but the overprint was done by the National Printing Press of Abu Dhabi.
C O V E R 
Cancellation Date: 01-Aug-1972
Cover Type: First Day Cover
Destination: London - UK
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