All You Need To Know About The Legal Internet Laws & 17 Calling Apps Allowed In UAE

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All You Need To Know About The Legal Internet Laws & 17 Calling Apps Allowed In UAE

UAE has very stringent laws regarding Internet calling in the region. The country has bounded the residents with these laws due to safety concerns from cybercrimes. UAE stands in the 3rd position globally for providing the best internet infrastructure. UAE’s 90% expat population is highly dependent on the Internet calling apps to have connectivity back home. So here’s a detailed guide about legal apps & laws regarding internet calls in UAE.

Internet Calling Laws In UAE

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By utilizing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology, customers can place voice and video conversations through a broadband Internet connection. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are utilised to connect and access online audio and video calling applications in the Gulf region.

Trying to access any illegal apps using a VPN in UAE can land you in jail with a hefty amount of fine.  UAE prohibits the use of a VPN to mask your IP address in order to access forbidden websites, calling apps, and gaming apps in the gulf. Article 34 of the UAE Cyber Law suggests that the government can levy no less than Dhs 250,000 and not in excess of Dh 1,000,000 fine if you access illegal communication services in UAE.

Also Read: 5 Free Internet Calling Applications UAE Residents Can Officially Use

The UAE government also holds the right to deport an individual convicted of misuse of communication services.

List Of 17 Legal Calling Apps In UAE

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Etisalat and du restrict traffic from illegal applications. Illegal internet calling apps mainly include Whatsapp which is globally used for daily connectivity. But to replace this, here are 17 Voice and video calling apps that are legally available in UAE.


Sr. No Internet Calling Apps
1 Microsoft Teams
2 Google Meet
3 Zoom
4 Skype
5 Slack
7 Etisalat Cloud Talk Meeting
8 Totok
9 Voico
10 Comera
11 Matrx
12 C ME
13 BlueJeans
14 HiU Messenger
15 Avaya Spaces
16 Cisco Webex
17 Blackboard


Here are the 17 apps you can legally use in UAE to connect back home and many of them are free to access. 

News Source: Khaleej Times

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