Friday, 6 June 2008

Skype blocked in the UAE

Skype is a software programme, created in Estonia, which allows users to make phone calls from their PCs. Calls made to other Skype users are free and there's a small fee for calls to landlines and cell phones. I can make calls to NZ, talk for 15-20 mins and it only costs around 40c US.

Access to Skype is now blocked (again) in the UAE. It was banned previously (2005-ish) but people got around it by using VPNs but now that doesn't work either. Attempts to access the Skype website result in this message:

'We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates.'

I don't understand how making phone calls to family and friends overseas is "inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the UAE". Inconsistent with profit making more like it........


  1. Vpns do actually work perfectly with skype still, at least mine does.

  2. You're lucky. Even with VPN when I make a call, it rings at their end but when they answer they can't hear me and I can't hear them. Its been that way for more than a week now so I went onto the net and found that Skype's been blocked again.

  3. I had a lot of credit on my Skype account before they barred it, can I get my money back?