Some great news! UAE officials are officially in talks about bringing the UAE's Skype and Facetime ban to an end.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks with Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to lift the ban on Skype, and it's said that Apple is also conducting talks with the TRA.
“We have been working closely with the local authorities towards gaining a better understanding of the local requirements in an effort to get Skype unblocked. We are passionate about the benefits that Skype offers to our users around the world by facilitating communication and enabling collaboration,” a Microsoft spokesperson told a Dubai newspaper.
TRA director Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori recently told Arabic newspaper Al Ittihad that relationships with the tech companies are “strong and stable.”
As of now, Skype maintains that it is still blocked in the UAE on its online FAQs: