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After the sudden attention of WhatsApp Calling in the UAE that was found to be working for some time, it looks like Skype may have been blocked in the region. Skype has officially confirmed on their Twitter page that the application has been banned in the UAE.
In a Q & A support page of Skype with the question “Is Skype blocked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)?”
It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by both of the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates. That means you won't be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates.
Unfortunately, there is very little Skype can do about this situation. The best course of action would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.
Several users have reported in the past few days that they were facing issues while calling for both audio and video calls, and many weren’t able to connect to their loved ones at all since last night. While Etisalat and Du have resumed the ban on the WhatsApp Calling feature which was working last week, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has yet to release an official statement on the ban of Skype in the UAE.
We hope that some good news comes out in the coming days where Etisalat and Du makes an exception for Skype.