Skype has been blocked in the UAE

Internet calling service no longer available


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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Popular internet video calling service Skype is no longer available in UAE.

The UAE’s telecoms regulator (TRA) has confirmed that voice over IP (VoIP) calling services have been blocked completely. That means Skype has now fallen the way of other services like FaceTime on iPhone, Viber and – in some cases – WhatsApp Calling.

The TRA says all VoIP services in the UAE must conform to a very strict set of policies, and as it stands only the services provided by the country’s main telecoms operators (du and Etisalat) adhere to the regulations.

So, if you want to use VoIP calling features to get in touch with people back home or business contacts in other countries, you may have a tricky time doing it just now. You can contact other du and Etisalat customers who are using BOTIM or C’Me – which come included as part of many home services available from each operator – however, you won’t be able to connect with people if they don’t have the service.

For more information on how to subscribe to these services on du, click here, and click here for services on Etisalat.

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