The talk started when Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group, posted a video on social media, showcasing his appeal to allow UAE residents to make voice and video calls on WhatsApp.
He explained that unlike the rest of the world, that uses WhatsApp for calling and texting purposes, UAE residents are only able to use the application for texting. This is due to a ban placed on VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) services in the UAE.
“In my country, United Arab Emirates, we aim to be number one in everything… Why are we [behind] as far as communications is concerned,” said Al Habtoor.
“I urge mobile carriers in the UAE to lift the ban, a service free to use in the top nations of the world,” he added.
Ever since then, there have been claims on social media about users being able to make WhatsApp calls.
However, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has spoken out and corrected the rumours.
“What is being shared on social media about enabling WhatsApp VoIP services on UAE Wifi internet is incorrect,” they said.