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How to Watch Netflix and Hulu in the Middle East

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Without a doubt, Netflix and Hulu are two of the best streaming giant services the world can offer. Both of them offers great features such as user friendly interface and affordable membership fees. But while you are wondering which of the two platforms is better than the other, you should also understand that Netflix and Hulu are blocked in the Middle East.

As of posting, Netflix is available North and South America, Australia, Japan, New  Zealand, and some parts of Europe, while Hulu is only available in the US. In October

2015, there were reports that Netflix has plans to extend their services to the Middle East. For the meantime, here are some tips on how to watch Netflix and Hulu if you are or will go to the Middle East.

Proxy servers

A proxy server is a free application or computer system that acts as your middleman while browsing the web. Once you are connected to the system, it then sends a request to the web page you want to visit using its IP address. But although proxies are very to use and your real IP address and location are hidden, traffic is not encrypted which means you are not totally safe. In addition, connection is very slow and is not suitable for gaming and video streaming.

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Hola, being a web browser extension or add­on, is very popular among Netflix and Hulu users. It is readily available for download for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and works well on Android and iOs devices. Although the current subscription fee is $5 a month, you can also choose its free service. But in May 2015, Hola was heavily criticized after free users realized that their bandwidth was being sold to other users via its sister company, Luminati.

Tor

Tor, which has an original project name of The Onion Router, is also famous for being an effective anonymization service. Just like its competitors, Tor allows you to browse the web anonymously by providing you a new IP address, and therefore hiding your real IP address and geo­location. However, many Tor users outside the US complain its speed and audio quality when they use the service for video streaming, especially for Netflix and Hulu.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPN runs using with almost on the same principle as the ones mentioned above, but definitely in a more secured manner. Once you are connection on a VPN server, your web traffic is highly encrypted that any third party can hardly intercept. VPN services are also proven very effective in video streaming because of its fast connection. There are also free services, but paid VPNs are much better, especially in terms of security and customer service.

Conclusion

Internet censorship in the Arab nations is very strict, with most of its countries belong to the so called “Enemies of the Internet.” So if you want to fully enjoy Netflix and Hulu during your stay in Middle East, using a VPN is so far the best option. Just make sure you choose a reliable VPN service provider, and you don’t do illegal activities online.

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How to Watch US TV Using VPN While You Are Abroad

How to Watch Netflix in Israel

American Expatriates in the Middle East

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Why Americans move to the Middle East?

Low taxes?

cheaper cost of living ?

“A Western expat in Saudi Arabia is paid on average six per cent more than an Arab expat and almost 30 per cent more than an Asian one. Westerners sit top of the tree in all Gulf countries, while Asian expats are the lowest paid across the region.”

Today there are more than 100,000 American expats living and working in the Gulf Countries. American workers are at a premium at this job market. The economic climate is perfect for young professionals who want to see the world and make enough money to pay back student loan debts.

Where do American Expats live in the Middle East?

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The most popular destination is Israel with about 80,000 of expats.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE are also very popular destinations.

What do expats do in the Middle East?

83% of American expats work in the private sector (most in the energy industry)

The most popular job for expats include: accountant, manager, engineer, executive, coordinator, and civil engineer.

98% of expats in Saudi Arabia claim to have more disposable income than they did working in their country of origin.

92% of expats in Qatar say they have more money left over at the end of the month than they did working in their home country.

94% of expats in the UAE say they pay less in taxes than they did in their country of origin.

And of course, mostly all of them are missing their native America.

Hulu, Netflix and others favorite things are not available in the Middle East.

The only reasonable solution is using VPN for Expats!

It lets to access blocked sites and services and feel like at home!

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Unblock WhatsApp in UAE safe and easy

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WhatsApp is a wonderful mobile cross-platform messenger. It allows you to exchange messages and calls without having to pay.

WhatsApp is the most popular application for communications today and it is used by millions users all over the world.

Unfortunately WhatsApp is blocked in United Arab Emirates.

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Why WhatsApp is blocked in UAE?

All call service were blocked in Dubai and other emirates because VoIP services can only be offered in the UAE by licensed providers, such as Etisalat and du.

In a press statement TRA made it clear that only licensed telecom providers have rights to provide such service (free or paid).

“VOIP SERVICES ARE STILL A PREROGATIVE OF THE LICENSED PROVIDERS WHO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES THROUGH THEIR NETWORKS. COMPANIES WISHING TO OFFER SUCH SERVICES MUST CO-ORDINATE WITH THE LICENSED TELECOM PROVIDERS IN THE UAE.”

Of course, their prices are not cheap.

Below you can see the comparison of standard roaming prices.

How to Unblock WhatsApp in UAE?

So what to do if you want to unblock WhatsApp in UAE?

  1. Be sure that you are secure and safe on-line. The best solution for Internet safety is using a vpn (virtual private network)
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  2. Setup vpn connection on your device. You can use our free Android application.
  3. Save your money and enjoy free WhatsApp calls from UAE.

Let’s compare your options

Etisalat traveler packageEtisalat Sahrzad+ Free WhatsApp Calls whatsapp

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1000 min Incoming Voice Calls Unlimited Free WhatsApp calls
1 month  136 USD 1 month SpiderVPN 5 USD
100 min incoming calls Unlimited Free WhatsApp calls
1 week 27 USD 1 week SpiderVPN 3 USD
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Standard Roaming 

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Unlimited Free WhatsApp calls

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From 0.27 USD /minute 1 week SpiderVPN 3 USD 

So don’t waste your money – use Sahrzad service and enjoy free WhatsApp Calls from UAE!

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WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other!

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In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

 

How to open blocked sites in UAE without any software?

Dubai-Abu-Dhabi-UAE-United-Arab-EmiratesWhether you are a techie guy or not, downloading a software program can sometimes be scary. Without your knowledge, it might contain viruses that can harm your device. But there are times that you feel you are obliged to, just like when you need to access blocked sites. But no, you can still open restricted sites without using any software. There are actually many effective techniques that you can try, including VPN(Virtual Private Network). However, you need to clearly understand them first as well as their pros and cons.

Using Proxy to Open Blocked sites

The first and most common way is by using a proxy site, which acts as the third party between your computer and restricted site. There are a lot of free and paid web proxies to choose from as you browse the Internet. With a proxy server, your IP address is hidden and no one can see you as you try to open blocked sites. Generally speaking, proxy servers are fast. However, some offices and schools block these proxy sites. But more importantly, traffic is not encrypted so the safety level is not really that high. What is the difference between proxy and VPN? Read here.

Access blocked sites by ip address

Another way to access blocked sites without any software is by using its IP address, instead of its web URL. On your computer, click on Start then CMD and press Enter. On the command prompt, type ‘ping sitename.com and press Enter. There, you will then see the site’s IP address which you can copy and paste on your browser. In some cases, the site is hosted in a VPS or Dedicated Server Environment (DSE), and is using an unverified SSL. You can still proceed but your security will be at high risk.

Use shortening URL tool to open blocked sites

Using a URL shortening tool such as tinyurl.com and bitly.com can also unblock restricted sites. Instead of using the site URL directly, convert it first to another URL, usually a shorter one, and then place it on your browser. But of course, this method is not always effective because your real IP address is still exposed. This is not advisable to use if you are in a country with strict Internet censorship policy.

Using translation service

You can also use a language translation tool such as Google Translate, which also acts like a proxy.

Using VPN to access blocked sites

There are other methods to have access on restricted sites without using software, such as by using mobile browsers as proxies, or by converting your IP into a decimal IP. However, the safest way is by using a VPN. Although some of them may require you to download software, there are others that allow you to use their service without downloading or installing anything. You can actually set up your VPN yourself on your computer at home. This procedure is not very complicated.

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But why use VPN instead any of the ones mentioned above?
The quick answer is security.

Although VPNs work almost exactly like proxy sites, your data via VPN is highly encrypted. This means that you are absolutely safe, even if you are in Wi-Fi hotspot are in strict countries in the Middle East. Different VPNs also have different security protocols to choose from. And yes, there are also free VPNs. But for obvious reasons, paid VPNs are

  • Faster
  • more reliable
  • provide excellent customer service.

Be aware! Top 10 Cyber Crimes in UAE

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1. Run software on a computer network or an electronic information system or any information technology medium which can cause it to stop functioning or results in crashing, deletion, omission, destruction or alteration of the programme, system, website, data or information, without authorisation.

2. Email SPAM or flooding email with messages .

3. Obtain a secret number, code or password and gain access to information technology without legal right.

4. Use a computer network or information technology system to threaten another person, force them to engage in or prevent them from engaging in a certain act.

5. Establish, manage or run a website for gambling activities, and websites that promote the collection of donations without a license accredited by the competent authority, manage or run a website or use information on a computer network with the intent to publish information, news, cartoon drawings or pictures that may endanger national security.

6. Use a computer network or any information technology system to invade the privacy of another person.

7. Eavesdrop, intercept, record, transfer or disclose conversations or audio or visual material of someone else without consent.

8. Publish photographs of others without consent.

9. Run a website promoting programmes or ideas that would prompt riots, hatred, racism or damage to the national unity.

10. Insult others or accuse them of acts that would lead to punishment or contempt by a third party online.

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Many people send us letters with a question:

How to access blocked sites in Dubai?

Many websites are blocked in UAE by the most claimed are adult sites.

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First of all we need to underline that any kind of porn is blocked in the United Arab Emirates.

Also watching or sending adult content in punishable in this Gulf country.

Recently we discussed adult sites in Saudi Arabia.

There are various methods how you can surf restricted sites, among them you can use:

  • Proxy services
  • Translations services
  • Sites unblockers
  • DNS
  • TOR
  • VPN Service

The most safe and secure way to open blocked sites is VPN – virtual private network. It hides your IP address making you completely anonymous and secure in the Internet.

VPN is easy to setup and simple in use.

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You can setup vpn connection on your device or use our free Android application.

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How to Unblock Facetime in Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Android

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According to latest investigations the population of United Arab Emirates is over 10 million and about 8 million are expatriates. They come to the country for working.

Most of these people are living far from their friends and family.

Sure, a lot of them are looking for new friends in the UAE.

Where to find new friends in Dubai?

One of the best place where you can find new friends today is Internet. There is a great number of website and services where you can meet people.
Facetime is one of the most popular sites to find friends.
Unfortunately Facetime is blocked in United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and others emirates)

How to unblock Facetime in UAE?

There are different options which can be used to access restricted site, such as:

  • Proxy
  • TOR
  • DNS
  • Translation service
  • VPN

VPN or Virtual private network is the most reliable way to unblock Facetime.

Main advantages of using VPN in UAE

  1. It is safe
  2. It is secure
  3. It is absolutely anonymous

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VPN hides your ip address making you invisible for country’s authorities and 100% safe.
On one have you get privacy and security and on the other hand you are completely free and can access any blocked site.
Using VPN is probable the only solution that can guarantee you Internet freedom and on-line security.
Try Spider service today and enjoy your security.
Bypass all limits in the UAE!
You can use Spider vpn on ipad, iphone, Windows pc, MAC, Android devices.

It is easy to setup vpn on Android. Also you can use our free Android application.
Please contact us if you have some questions of if you would like to test our service FOR FREE!

How to access blocked sites in Dubai on ipad (or iphone)

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We often receive questions from our customers like:
How to access blocked sites on ipad or iphone when you are in Dubai?

We have answered them several times already and we continue to answer.

Taking into account severe Cyber Crime Law in the United Arab Emirates we highly recommend using only reliable and safe solution like vpn (virtual private network) .

This is complete secure and 100% reliable way to be anonymous and open blocked sites in Dubai.

Actually you don’t even need any additional soft to use vpn on your iOS device. All you need is setup vpn connection following simple steps below:

To make a new vpn connection in your iOS device you need to do the next:

  1. Go to Settings > General > VPN
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  2. Click Add VPN Configuration
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  3. Choose PPTP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail
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  4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen
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Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

Under the vpn connection you can access any blocked website and be absolutely sure that you are safe and secure.

UAE: $68,000 fine for swearing in WhatsApp

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Are you always polite with your co-workers? If so you can be relaxed – this story cannot affect you. Rude words are present sometimes if your life? Be careful, especially if you are in the UAE.
One person who lives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be fined $68,000 (£42,769) after he swore at his colleague on WhatsApp.

New federal cyber crime law implemented in the country recently says that people charged with online offences could be fined up to £42,769 or jailed. Tourists and foreigners living in UAE are not exceptions: they could be also deported in addition to being fined.

The Federal Supreme Court (FSC) overturned two lower court sentences which fined the man – whose identity has not been disclosed – AED3,000 (£514) after charging him with cybercrimes.

“FSC supported the prosecutor’s appeal and affirmed the need for enforcement of the law governing information technology crimes involving a AED250,000 fine and deportation from the country,” the court said.

According to court documents, the defendant was tried after a colleague complained to police that he had sworn in a message using “insulting” words and allegedly threatened him.

It is not clear what the exact message sent on WhatsApp was. However, the defendant has denied the charges.
Pate allegedly called his employer “backstabbers” and discouraged people from working for the organization. He faces up to five years in jail and a fine if found guilty.

How to Access Blocked sites in UAE in Android?

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Internet filtering in UAE is a serious problem for many people living and visiting this wonderful country. A great number of websites are blocked by the government due to some reasons.

You cannot surf gambling or adult sites while you are in the United Arab Emirates. Any web resources which criticize politics or religion are strictly prohibited. You can find out long lists of sites banned in UAE.

Are there any solutions to avoid these filters?

Sure there are!

And there are many ways to open blocked sites in the Middle East. But today I want to point only the most reliable and safe solution for surfing blocked sites and this is VPN solution.

Via secured encrypted tunnel (which VPN is) you can open any site you need safe and easy. At the same time you can be sure that nobody can monitor what kind of sites you are visiting.

All the traffic is coded inside Virtual Private Network (VPN) so your anonymity is guaranteed while you are using VPN.

Today you can access blocked content even from your Android device. There are many vpn applications available on play market but we strongly recommend you to be careful installing such programs to your device. Of course, most of them will provide you a secure vpn service but also such applications can harm your device or your private info. Do you know for sure what this application do with your data? Especially if this is free vpn application?

The best way to be safe and secure is to setup vpn connection on your device using standard options. VPN is a system feature in any Android gadget so actually you do not need any application to use VPN in UAE.

Follow this simple guide and setup vpn in Android in a few moments!

How to setup VPN in Android

To create new vpn tunnel
1. Click Settings icon

2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

3. Tap Add VPN Network

4. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.
Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.

5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
For connection to vpn server:
Select Home > Menu > Settings
Tap Wireless & networks
Tap VPN settings
The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect
When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.

After creating your vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

See detailed guide here.