How to Choose the Right VPN in Dubai
WhatsApp is just one of many online apps and services restricted in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates(UAE) in general.
The number of apps, services, and websites blocked in the UAE is somewhere close to 5000, but the most important of them arguably are the so-called VoIP services, the calling platforms that use the internet to make calls instead of traditional phone lines.
It is no exaggeration to say that this can be devastating to anyone staying in Dubai, since first of all, apps such as WhatsApp and FaceTime are free to use, in contrast to telecom services that come with not-so-little charges, and second, they are safer due to the calls being end-to-end encrypted, so they are much more difficult to listen to by a third-party eavesdropper.
To learn more on this subject you can read these articles too:
- How to unblock WhatsApp in UAE
- How to Unblock WhatsApp Call in UAE
- What is the best VPN for VoIP in UAE?
- What’s the Best VPN in Dubai?
What Major Websites and Apps are Blocked in Dubai?
As we already mentioned, the ultimate list should contain about 5000 websites and apps. Here we mention those that people care the most about:
- VoIP services in general, and WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, and Viber in particular.
- Streaming in UAE is not easy. Most popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO max, and others are restricted from both ends in the UAE, so besides being restricted by the UAE authorities, they are geo-restricted on the company’s side as well. Gaining access to gaming platforms like Roblox in UAE is made hard for gamers.
What’s a VPN and How to Find a Good One for Dubai?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a tool that gives you the ability to access the free internet from anywhere with an internet connection on any device (Virtual) and encrypts your data(Private) then passes it through a server in another location(Network). A VPN is arguably the most popular method to bypass restrictions, though it is also used to a great extent for its power in providing the user with a better level of internet security.
How to Bypass Internet Censorship in UAE with a VPN
What’s most important to look for in a VPN for a user staying in Dubai, is whether it’s able to get around the restrictions while the quality of your connection is not altered a lot, or diminished. This is easy to check with free VPNs. Most of them don’t work at all, and those that do, both do damage to the quality of your internet and raise issues of privacy, since you don’t know if they gather or store your data anywhere or not, and when they do, for what purpose, and whether the connections they provide you with are secure and encrypted, or not. It’s most likely not. So we strongly advise against using free VPNs. This is the second most important quality a good VPN has, privacy and encryption of the user’s data.
You can take a look at our previous articles to learn more:
How a VPN can Protect Your Online Privacy in UAE
What Role can A VPN Play in Protecting Your Online Security in the UAE
But among the paid VPNs you have to be cautious too. Though with most of them, you needn’t worry about matters of security and privacy, you have to look for those that offer free trials, so you can check if they actually work in Dubai, and also pay attention to how well and fast their support team responds to your connection issues.
To learn more, you can also check out our other articles on this subject:
- How to choose the right VPN for your needs in the UAE
- The ultimate guide to using a VPN in the UAE
- How to use VPN in UAE
The VPN for The Dubai Resident
There is one last thing to talk about since it is a concern for many of our users. The question of legality in the case of using a VPN in Dubai.
First, a disclaimer: We are not legal experts. So when we are talking of legal issues we are merely stating our own opinions, and making observations based on personal takes on these issues, not on a professional legal basis. To get that, you need to consult a lawyer who specializes in UAE law.
There are many questions around this, like can you get caught using VPN in UAE? In our other articles, we have talked specifically about these issues: