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Using VPN in UAE with Amending Law 2016

Last days there are many questions and discussions about using VPN (Virtual Private Network) in the United Arab Emirates. They caused by recently updated Federal Law No.12 of 2016 Amending Federal Law 5 No. of 2012. The law as for cyber crime in UAE.

Let’s see the original article:

Article 9: Punishment of Circumvention on the Protocol Address of the Internet for the Purpose of Committing a Crime or Preventing its Discovery

Any person that circumvents the protocol address of the internet by using a delusive address or an address belonging to third party or by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than (AED 150,000) and not exceeding (AED 500,000) or by any of these punishments.

The 2016 Amending Law replaces the operative section of Article 9 with the following:*

Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address or by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of not less than AED 500,000 and not exceeding AED 2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.

*Emphasis added for illustrative purposes. Please also note that all English language translations of UAE law are by definition unofficial, and only the original Arabic text as published in the UAE Official Gazette constitutes the legally recognized version.

VPN Legacy in UAE

Legal status of VPNs in the UAE under the Cybercrimes Law generally has not changed.

Using VPN is legal!

All depends on your needs – why do you use VPN for!

That is to say, in both of the above iterations of Article 9, it is not the strict use of a VPN alone that attracts potential liability – but rather its use “for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery”.

Using VPN in UAE

Now if you are using a VPN in UAE please check the next:

  • Audit and assess your specific VPN usage – is it compliant with the applicable UAE laws and wider regulatory framework, in particular regarding matters of communications regulation and/or content restrictions?
  • There’s no restriction on the legal use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in the UAE, but those who misuse it for crime and fraudulent purposes will be held accountable, the Telecom Regulatory Authority has clarified.
  • The VPN use for economic and commercial purposes that are consistent with UAE laws are not restricted, the authority said after reports on the use of VPN in a section of media.
  • The authority clarified:

    “There are no legislations in the country that obstruct the economic movement or the work of local or international companies based in the UAE.”

    The TRA assured businesses and the public that it is fully committed to the safety and the smooth flow of economic activities for UAE-based companies and institutions, highlighting that there are no regulations which prevent the use of VPN technology by companies, institutions and banks to access their internal networks through Internet.

  • However, business users can be held accountable, like the use of any other technology, if it has been misused.
  • Referring to a recently issued amendment on the Federal Law No. 5 of 2012, the TRA noted that the law is not new in its essence and that the only changes were related to tightening the penalty or punishment for any violation.
  • The authority has urged to read the actual violation mentioned in the law; which says: “Using a false IP address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery,” in order to understand the law correctly and where the punishment is exclusively linked to the mentioned fraudulent act and the intent to commit a crime or prevent its discovery.

Commenting on what has been circulated by some of media about the VPN, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of the TRA, said:

“The UAE is proud of being one of the countries that encourage investment and openness to ICT-based economic activities. This trend is embodied the UAE’s history since the founding of the union in 1971.”It is also included in the strategic directions of the UAE, particularly in our national Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world – and clearly outlined as well in our national agenda and major programmes and projects that confirms the UAE’s leadership in this field worldwide.”The leadership of the UAE in the field of Internet applications and IT in general, is on the contrary to what has been circulated by some media regarding the use of VPNs. It is known that the UAE is keen to embody the directions of the wise leadership regarding smart transformation, including the smart government, smart cities, Big Data and IoT, in addition to promoting investment, competitiveness and focus on building a knowledge-based economy and society.”

WhatsApp in Dubai UAE: Easy Unblock

Communications are highly important in our world today. Internet and social networks closely intertwined in our life. Today we can use a big number of different tools for communications via the Internet, such as Viber, Skype, Line, Facetime, Facebook, WhatsApp, IMO and many others.

Skype and Line are old services and they were extremely popular several years ago. But the world is not staying and today the situation has changed.

In 2016 WhatsApp is the most popular messenger application in the world and in United Arab Emirates as well.

Dubai WhatsApp

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Why WhatsApp is Popular in Dubai?

First of all we must say that Dubai is a fantastic city with long and beautiful beaches, artificial island and incredible buildings. It attracts millions of tourist every year and this number is increasing due to new attractions like Dubai Miracle garden, new huge shopping centers and others.

  1. Dubai travelers need whatsApp to stay in touch with friends and share emotions.

Everybody who is traveling to Dubai wants to share photos and impressions, talk to friends and family.  And WhatsApp application with video calls is very convenient tool for that.

  1. Expats is Dubai want to communicate with families and friends abroad.

According to  there are   expats in Dubai. People live and work in Dubai far from their families and they just must have WhatsApp in Dubai to connect relatives.

  1. Businessmen is using WhatsApp to be connected to the rest of the world.

A big number of businessmen locate the business in Dubai из-за very attractive economical situation (no налог) . These people also use WhatsApp.

But recently WhatsApp calling service was blocked in UAE as non certified VOIP service. The same thing happened before with Skype and Viber, and similar services and applications.

This happens due to Internet censorship in UAE.

Country’s communications providers do not want to share the market with others companies and block any VOIP services.

How to Unblock Whatsapp in UAE

Fortunately, there is a simple way to unblock WhatsApp calling in Dubai. All you need is change your IP address because all Internet limits in the country is based on geo location or IP address.

There is safe and secure solution for that: using a VPN – virtual private network.

VPN is special secure tunnel between you and vpn server that hides your IP address,  encrypts all traffic, and so make you completely anonymous and private.

With VPN you can not only Unblock WhatsApp in UAE but also stay secured and protect all your data.

Only 2 steps are necessary to open blocked sites in UAE:

  1. Get VPN
  2. Setup VPN Connection
  3. Enjoy Internet without any limits and blocks.

How to Select VPN for UAE

Diversity of Internet providers makes it difficult to select the best one.

When you are looking for a good service for your Internet privacy you need to consider the following items:

  • VPN Servers locations

The speed of your connection depends on servers locations

  • Speed limits

If you need VPN for video calling – you need to have enough speed for that.

  • Log files

If provider keep log files – your privacy is in danger

  • Price

Price is значительный аргумент when you are choosing a vpn provider. If you need vpn for a long period you can get better price.

  • Customer support

Sometimes you can have some questions or problem setting up your vpn connection. VPN customer service must help you to resolve any issues.

  • Free Trial

The best way to avoid problems and do not waste your money is test a service before buying. Some providers do not offer free trial while others do.

Select the Best VPN for Dubai

We selected some vpn that works fine for WhatsApp in UAE and can offer you free trial.

Sahrzad VPN
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1 week $3.99
1 month $9.99
3 months $27.99
6 months $53.99
1 year $89.99
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VPN Account
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1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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 Spider VPN (for Android)The Cheapest!
1 week $3
1 month $5
3 months $10
6 months $15
1 year $29.99
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VPN Privacy
1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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Torrent VPNThe best for p2p
1 week $5
1 month $15
3 months $40
6 months $75
1 year $140
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When you selected a vpn provide you will need to make  a vpn connection on your device.

This is fast and simple.

Below you can see step by step vpn setup guides to use WhatsApp in Dubai.

How to Unblock WhatsApp on Android

To use WhatsApp on your Android device you need to make a vpn connection.

    1. Click Settings icon

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2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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3. Tap Add VPN Network

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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.

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5.Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.

6.Save it and tap Connect

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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. 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.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

With VPN you can enjoy WhatsApp calling as usual.

How to Unblock WhatsApp on iOS

To unblock WhatsApp in iOS device follow the nest steps:

  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

Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)

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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.

Here you can find vpn setup instructions for different operational systems: http://sahrzad.net/setup.php .

Do not waste your money and enjoy  Internet without any limits in UAE with secure premium vpn solution!

Originally posted on Sahrzad Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/dubai-whatsapp-use/

Facetime in Dubai: How to Use?

facetime-bFirst of all, Facetime is nothing but a free service offered by Apple, which allows one Facetime user to make a voice call and video call to another Facetime user. It mainly designed for people who are staying in different countries and to contact with their family members through this voice or video call.

If you want to talk with your family members who are elsewhere, then only use this technology and meet your family through your mobile phone.

How to set up Facetime?



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To use Facetime features, you need to set up Facetime on the recently introduced versions of iPhone or iPad. At the same time, you can also place it in your MAC laptop too. Simply follow the below steps to set up Facetime on your iPhone.

Step #1:

Open the settings on your phone and scroll down to find the Facetime in the list of applications.

Step #2:

Found the Facetime in the list of applications and click it. Then you need to choose “Use your Apple ID for Facetime”. And, you can also be cellular data option to set up Facetime, if you’re on the outside and make use outside Wi-Fi connection.

Step #3:

In this tab, give your Apple ID and password. If this is the first time, then create your account for Facetime.





Step #4:

After that, add your mail id to contact with your friends. You have one Facetime id, but want to talk with many people who are in different mail contact list, then add those mail id too.

Step #5:

And then activate Facetime by turn the side to ON condition. At first, it takes few seconds to activate.

That’s all!! You can contact any people with Facetime by using any of your mail ids.

How to set up Facetime in UAE?

If you’re living in UAE, then you know that UAE protects their telecommunication providers and it also blocks VOIP for protection. At such a case, VPN helps you to use Facetime in UAE. Yes, you can able to use Skype, Google Hangouts, Talkatone and other applications with the aid of Facetime VPN.

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Do you buy your iPhone, iPad or MAC device from out of the UAE? Want to use Facetime? Then, no problem you can use Facetime in iPhone made by other countries. With the help of VPN Facetime, you can able to use Facetime on your iPhone.




But, in UAE, VPN also blocked, so you need to download new VPN when you’re in outside of the country and install it to use Facetime UAE. Without having VPN, you can’t use Facetime in UAE. At the same time, to use Facetime in UAE, the only option is buying iPhone from outside of the country and make a VPN tunnel from it.  And, follow the steps mentioned above to set up Facetime on your new iPhone.

In this way, you can set up Facetime on your iPhone or iPad in the UAE.

How to Unblock Line in UAE Dubai

Line is a great Japanese application for instant communications. It works on different electronic devices such as computers, tablets, smart phones.

Besides texts, images, video and audio messages Line offers users free VoIP conversations and video conferences.

This is extremely popular application with over 600 millions of users.

Stickers and games are amazing features of Line.

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Unfortunately Line is blocked in United Arab Emirates as many others VOIP services like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. The only solution that works to unblock Line in UAE is using a VPN Service.

This is fast and simple way to use Line in United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi) and others places where Line is blocked.

VPN is a Virtual Private Network. This is a secured virtual tunnel that makes you safe and anonymous in the Internet. VPN masks IP address and lets to avoid all geo restrictions.

So how to use Line in UAE?

Line is mostly used on Android and iOS devices. It is not difficult to make a vpn tunnel on your gadgets to protect your privacy and bypass Internet censorship.

How to use Line on iOS in UAE

Only four simple steps are necessary to make a new vpn channel in your iPhone or iPad.

Find the guide below.

  1. Click Settings > General > VPN
  2. Tap Add VPN Configuration
  3. Select PPTP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail
    Server address must be exactlyas in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols).
  4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen

When you are connected to VPN you can enjoy Line without any restrictions.

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How to use Line on Android in UAE

To use Line application on your Android device you need to make a vpn connection between you and vpn server. You do not need any additional software or applications. All you need is make a few simple steps:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN
  3. 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:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. 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.

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When you are connected to vpn server you can stay in touch with your friends and family via Line without any limits wherever you are.

 

Originally posted on Sahrzad blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/unblock-line-uae/

How to Unblock Snapchat Voice and Video calls in Dubai UAE

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Etisalat and DU (Biggest telecom operators in UAE ) have blocked the introduced voice and video calling features on a popular social messaging app SnapChat.

The updated application is called Snapchat 2.0. It allows users to “start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap” once their friends show up on their chats.

The new features, however, stand in breach of the UAE’s VoIP regulations, which bar third-party providers from offering internet-based telephony services, be they voice or video calls.

Within a few days of the features being available on Snapchat 2.0, the UAE’s telecom operators have blocked them.

How to Unblock SnapChat Video calls from UAE?

Masking your IP address with Sahrzad Service is the most reliable and secure method to unblock SnapChat calls from the Middle East.

You can use SnapChat on Android and iOS devices.

All you need is:

    1. Get Sahrzad VPN

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  1. Setup VPN connection
  2. Enjoy SnapChat calls.

How to setup VPN in Android:

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Below you can find Sahrzad VPN setup guide for Android devices.

To make a new vpn connection on your device with Android OS you need to follow the next instructions.

To create new vpn tunnel

    1. Click Settings icon

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2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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3.Tap Add VPN Network

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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.

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5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect

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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. 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.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

How to Unblock IMO on iOS (iPhone, iPAd, iPad Mini)

To use IMO on your iOS device you need to setup VPN on iOS device, connect to VPN then use IMO.

How to setup VPN in iOS

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

Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)

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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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To use VPN on your mobile gadget you do not need any additional application.

You can setup vpn in a few seconds using Android or iOS system features.

We do not recommend using third party applications because this is not completely secure.
How can you be sure that these applications are not spying on your mobile device?

To be sure that this solution will work for you can test it before ordering. All the services mentioned above prove FREE TRIALS!

Enjoy IMO in UAE and others places of the Middle East!

Originally posted: http://sahrzad.net/blog/unblock-snapchat-voice-video-calls-uae/

Problems with VPN in United Arab Emirates

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Updated February the 5th

Recently some of our customers from the United Arab Emirates are complaining about the problems with VPN.

Now the problem is resolved. People from UAE can use vpn without any issues!

We have investigated the issues and find out that Etisalat (One of the biggest UAE Internet service provider) blocked pptp – one of the most popular and used vpn protocol.

The problem is mainly occurred on MAC and iOS devices.

However there are several solutions for this issue:

  1. Change vpn protocol to l2tp or Open vpn. These protocols are also very secure and works fine in UAE
  2. Try using vpn on others devices (Windows, Android)
  3. Try to change Internet service provider (use DU or others providers who do not block vpn)

Viber VPN: using in the Middle East

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Today we decided to discuss the most popular questions about using VPN for Viber in the Middle East.

Why use VPN for Viber in the Middle East?

Popular worldwide messenger Viber is blocked in the Middle East: in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and others places.

It is blocked like many others VoIP services. Viber is not available if you are trying to use it from UAE IP address (or other country where it is blocked)

VPN helps to mask your real IP address and so get access to your favorite services.

What is VPN for Viber?

VPN is a virtual private network. This is secure encrypted tunnel between your device and vpn server. VPN hides your IP Address making your anonymous and safe in the global network.

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How to use VPN for Viber?

VPN is simple in use. You can setup vpn connection on your iOS or Android device.

How to use Viber VPN in Android

To make a new vpn connection on your device with Android OS you need to follow the next instructions.

To create new vpn tunnel

    1. Click Settings icon

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    1. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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    1. Tap Add VPN Networkhow to setup VPN in android
    2. 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.how to setup VPN in android
    3. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
      Save it and tap Connect

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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. 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.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

Source: http://sahrzad.net/vpnsetupandroid.php

How to use VPN for Viber in iOS

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

Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)

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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.

When your vpn connection is established you can use Viber from any country.

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Which VPN is safe to use in UAE in 2016

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We often get questions like:

Is it safe to use VPN in UAE?
Which VPN is safe to use in UAE?
How to select a good vpn provider in UAE?

VPN safety is based on tunnelling protocols and encryption techniques.

The VPN security model provides:

  • Confidentiality such that even if the network traffic is sniffed at the packet level (see network sniffer and Deep packet inspection), an attacker would only see encrypted data
  • Sender authentication to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the VPN
  • Message integrity to detect any instances of tampering with transmitted messages

Read more in Wikipedia

Some virtual networks may not use encryption to protect the privacy of data. While VPNs often provide security, an unencrypted overlay network does not neatly fit within the secure or trusted categorization. So selecting a reliable vpn service provider pay attention if they provide encryption.

Log files

Another question of security and safety:

Does VPN provider keep log files?

The best for your security if vpn service does not store your log files. This means nobody knows what you are doing online and so no one can supervise your Internet activity.

We tested only the most reliable and secure services with the main features:

  1. Help to Unblock All sites
  2. Safe, secure, and reliable
  3. Protect your privacy

Provide good service with:

  1. No speed limits
  2. No bandwidth
  3. No log files

 

Sahrzad VPN
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1 week $3.99
1 month $9,99
3 months $27.99
6 months $53.99
1 year $89,99
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VPN Account
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1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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 Spider VPN (for Android)
1 week $3
1 month $5
3 months $10
6 months $15
1 year $29.99
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VPN Privacy
1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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Shared from Sahrzad’s Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/which-vpn-is-safe-to-use-in-uae/

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.

Hola

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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