United Arab Emirates, 1988

Following some successful trials during 1986/87, Tamura cards were adopted and the first public set was issued in 1988: there were four different cards, each one with a different slogan about telephone sevices, but for each slogan there were four different face values too (30, 60, 90, 120 Dhs): that is, the first complete set includes 16 cards! Another “slogan” set was issued later on, in 1989, then some sets of pictorial cards. In 1994, Tamura system was discontinued and Etisalat switched to chip cards system.