There are talks ongoing about removing the ban.
If you live in the UAE, then you may have already faced the difficulties of using VOIP services which are banned by law that includes services such as Skype and FaceTime.
A recent report surfaced said that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is currently in active discussions with both Microsoft and Apple regarding permission to allow both Skype and FaceTime to be used in the UAE.
While no specific reason was given, ‘security risks’ is one of the main factors that VOIP services are currently blocked in the country. Specific apps like Botim and C’Me can be used by purchasing a subscription.
The talks reflect both company’s investments in the UAE, with Microsoft saying that two new data centers will be opening in the country, while Apple now has three official stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Fingers crossed as we might hopefully see FaceTime and Skype finally working here in the UAE.