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How to unblock messenger calls in UAE?

Old Nov 15, 19, 2:26 am
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How to unblock messenger calls in UAE?

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Excuse my question but I'm a bit old and I don't really know a lot about technologies. Yesterday I came to Dubai on a 2 weeks vacation with my wife and now we are trying to find a way to get messenger or Whatsapp working since we really need them to check up in our daughters, a friend of mine recommended me using NordVPN, does it work in Dubai? and is it legal to use VPNs at all?
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Old Nov 15, 19, 1:00 pm
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There are still ways to make Whatsapp work while in the UAE, but the workarounds to do so for calls are cracked down upon at times and it's a cat and mouse game still. Corporate and government VPNs are tolerated there.

The UAE’s National Electronic Security Authority has had increased cooperation from Facebook (and Whatsapp) and that is to mean a lifting of the ban on calls using Whatsapp. The UAE's telecom regulator is also revising its approach so the removal of the ban may happen in a few months if not even within a few weeks.

My question is what kind of deal Facebook (and Facebook-owned Whatsapp) have been making with the UAE for the UAE's "security" reasons.
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Old Nov 16, 19, 4:06 am
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My question is what kind of deal Facebook (and Facebook-owned Whatsapp) have been making with the UAE for the UAE's "security" reasons.
Yeah a few of us wondering about that. One would assume the obvious - no other reason for them to start allowing it.
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Old Nov 16, 19, 6:58 am
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It is in theory illegal to use a VPN in the UAE unless you're a company. I think it may also quite complicated to download one from your phone as those downloads may be blocked as well.

If you are able to download it, NordVPN is fine, HideMyAss as well, and should work there.

Workaround everyone is using there: discuss through voice messages on WhatsApp (easy to use), this will work just fine. It's not "live chat" but as close as it gets and still a good way to discuss with voice through WhatsApp.

Hope it helps.
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Old Dec 6, 19, 7:39 am
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It would've been great if you purchased a VPN before you moved to the UAE since most VPNs websites are on the blacklist, I used NordVPN and it was really good tool for unblocking apps.
Using a vpn is illegal but most people I knew in the UAE use VPNs so Idk, it's complicated.
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Old Dec 6, 19, 9:17 am
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There are at least some senior/favored members of a few of the UAE royal households who seem to be wanting to do things with WhatsApp in the UAE public service arena that it's pretty clear to me that there is definitely a plan for the country opening up to use WhatsApp in the UAE. So I am very confident this is a question of "how soon" and "how" (and not of "if").

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Yeah a few of us wondering about that. One would assume the obvious - no other reason for them to start allowing it.
There is a real possibility that whatever it is that has gotten the UAE to change its approach to WhatsApp may involve a security vulnerability angle to it for the users of WhatsApp/WhatsApp-using devices in the UAE.
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Old Dec 9, 19, 9:22 am
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Not sure if the below app will help you, but it has just been announced today that it supposedly makes free legal video calls in the UAE.
https://m.khaleejtimes.com/technolog...on-updated-app
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Old Dec 10, 19, 4:32 am
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There is some indication that the UAE and some other governments in Asia that are in bed with the UAE and Saudi Arabia have had a capability of tapping into WhatsApp communications on a bunch of targeted devices for at least much of this year. Don't be surprised to find that this capability was part of the background for the UAE's willingness at the time to consider allowing it too. Perhaps the WhatsApp app update from within recent weeks was used to address the communication security vulnerability but this is definitely an area that is a cat and mouse game when it comes to privacy protections for electronic communication.

About BOTIM, don't be surprised to find that the UAE regulatory framework requirements applicable to its operations may be substantially compromising communication privacy. India had also been looking at doing the same thing that the UAE got done with the help of Israel and has been adjusting its regulatory framework to do the same kind of monitoring and control of electronic communication in India using Israeli assistance. In other words, "the deal" attacking user privacy protection for electronic communications can come from multiple directions and be facilitated by inter-governmental cooperation with or without formal assistance of the big name electronic communication app providers.
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