Last updated on December 22nd, 2018 at 09:27 am
New 2018 year started from an absolutely fantastic show in Dubai and also from the really bad news: Skype was banned in UAE both by Etisalat and DU. What can we do now? How to unblock Skype in UAE in 2019? Read below and you will find a solution.
Both Internet service providers in the United Arab Emirates confirmed that all unlicensed and unauthorized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Services are not supported in the country. Skype, Line, WhatsApp, IMO, Facebook calling, Google’s Duo, Facetime and other similar services are now officially not available in UAE.
Previously this year TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) confirmed that any VOIP applications or services must be approved by the applicable regulatory framework in the country. Unfortunately, Skype is not among licensed applications.
How to Unblock Skype in UAE in 2018
The good news that you still can use Skype and similar services in UAE in 2018. All you need for this is VPN – virtual private network.
VPN masks your real IP address and lets to bypass any kind of Internet limits.
So all you need to use Skype in UAE is:
- Get your VPN
- Setup VPN connection
- Connect to VPN
- Use Skype without any limits.
Some people in UAE afraid using VPN. However, according to official TRA’s internet guidelines on prohibited content, point 14 on illegal communication services, states,
“This category includes internet content that promotes or allows access to illegal communication services according to a regulation or decision by the competent authority.”
Private persons, aside from some corporate organizations, don’t actually run any risk of going to jail and paying a fine as long as they don’t use VPN to commit any cybercrime. So you can safely use Skype and stay in touch with your family using Skype in UAE. You can also consider some alternatives to Skype, like IMO, WhatsApp calling, Line, and others.
so Skype isn’t working in the UAE, does Etisalat have anything to do with this? pic.twitter.com/gnU4lE0dGE
— Jared (@7amdaSK) December 27, 2017
Skype will be banned in the UAE starting Jan 1st. In order to use FREE VoIP apps, you’ll have to SUBSCRIBE to a package & use whichever of the only TWO apps that no one uses cause it’s “REGULATED” by the UAE.
Just when expats didn’t think it’ll get worse for them.
— ali (@haha___nice) December 28, 2017
Skype officially blocked in the UAE… hopefully 2018 is the year I return to living in the free world…
— MarieClaire (@marieclaire3487) December 31, 2017