According to the UAE’s authorities, they blocked VoIP apps and some other websites such as those that contained adult content to protect its citizens and expats.
Despite UAE’s efforts to embrace western culture, all these apps and websites are available without restrictions in all of the western countries.
We believe that there might be other reasons like the profit of Emirates telecom companies Du and Etisalat that would lose a large portion of income if the regular calls cut off, so for them it is better to provide a restricted internet to all users across the whole UAE.
In addition to the above there are some religious reasons to block adult content and other websites.
To bypass these restrictions and unblock whatsapp calls and any other blocked content and apps in UAE you just need a VPN app that works in UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
There are a lot of VPN apps out there, but 98% don’t work well in UAE, especially if you want to make free calls over IP with an app like Whatsapp or Skype.
So you just need to search and find the best VPN that is optimised and specifically designed for UAE and the internet providers in there.
The first step before we introduce you to the best VPN in UAE is to educate you on whether using a VPN is legal in the UAE.
In UAE, Internet censorship is regulated by an organization called Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA).According to what they have claimed so far:
The United Arab Emirates law states that a VPN is only illegal if it’s used to commit a crime.
In other words it clearly tells us that it doesn’t matter if you use or not use a VPN as long as you are not committing a crime!
While there are many free VPNs in Appstore (VPNs for iPhones or iPads) and Google Play (VPNs for Android phones) you can install and access some websites, none of them qualify to unblock VoIP apps (e.g. WhatsApp call, Facetime, etc.) so they are useless. In addition, using free VPNs might harm your device because of some mining activity and it contains the risk of exposing your personal data to third parties.
Here you can read more about free VPNs and why we shouldn’t use them.