Dubai & Video Calling Apps
Video Calling applications and platforms are one of the best ways to stay in touch with friends and family whether near or far, at home or abroad. They allow you to communicate with anyone else who has registered for the app via a voice call, a video chat, and most of the time a texting availability when there is an internet connection. They have become a catalyst for communication in our everyday life especially at this age of mobility and technology. Unfortunately, there are certain countries in the world with internet censorship and restrictions.
Dubai is claimed to be one of the most industrialized, progressive, multicultural cities in the world combining modern metropolises with a timeless sensibility and Arabian flair in the middle of a desert. However, its censorship laws have banned its citizens, visitors, and anyone in the country from the ability to use many video calling apps.
I have been visiting Dubai several times within the last 5 years to attend the meetings and execute the planning and preparation in the terms of organizing the Myanmar Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020. I could have never been able to access any video call platforms even when I activated different VPN services. As someone who has to rely on video conferencing and internet calling for my work back home, it always inconvenienced me.
I arrived back in Dubai two weeks ago to kick off the opening of our Myanmar Pavilion in Dubai Expo 2020 as a Deputy Commissioner General and stay here until the end of March 2022, meaning I will be here longer than any other times I arrived in the past. Surprisingly, I found out that my WhatsApp, Viber, Messenger are all working for video conferencing and video calling without the VPN on. Just to add here, Dubai is a WhatsApp-nerdy place where everyone has it installed and connected for any kind of communication: social, business, family, love, in their devices.
I was wide-eyed but at the same time not very surprised considering how ambitious Expo 2020 is: bringing the world together in Dubai and creating a new, better, more innovative, and more collaborative world together. I instantly believe that there is one of the reasons why they have lifted these burns, at least temporarily. This has also reminded me how crucial is the responsibility I am given as the representative of my beloved company.
I am, in fact, genuinely grateful and happy that we will be able to communicate with our loved ones more openly, easily, and inclusively with fewer boundaries all the way from Dubai for the time being. I would like to conclude this note by sharing a list of voice calling apps that are now available to use in Dubai and the U.A.E. Check it out below and happy connecting with your friends and family.
- Google Meet
- Facebook Messenger
- Microsoft Teams