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Is it Legal To Use a VPN in the UAE for Internet Calling?

17/6/2021

Did you know that the use of VPN is legal in the UAE?

2021 and the world is evolving, landlines are becoming obsolete and video calling is the main use of communication today.

For some widely used aps however, the UAE has installed blocks making it impossible to use without the use of a VPN.

Did you know that the use of VPN is legal in the UAE, however, it may only be used by companies, institutions and banks for internal purposes?

Using a VPN to access or download calling and gaming apps that are blocked in the UAE is in fact illegal and doing so can land you a fine up to Dh2 million as well as imprisonment.

UAE cyber law stated that whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address by using a false address or a third-party address or any other means to commit a crime or prevent its discovery shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine not less than Dh500,000 and not in excess of Dh2 million or either of these two penalties.

Research shows there have been more millions of AED worth of downloads by UAE residents in the past year.

Do not use VPNs to download calling ap, look at alternative aps that provide similar services such as Zoom, Google Meets, Teams.

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