The use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, including WhatsApp, is prohibited in Dubai and the UAE. Users are advised to utilize paid apps like Botim for internet calls instead.
There have been claims of users successfully making phone calls through WhatsApp, although these reports have not been verified.
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Although there has been no official statement, there have been frequent discussions about lifting the prohibition on VoIP services in Dubai.
Despite the ban on WhatsApp and other similar services, Dubai inhabitants still have access to alternative apps that enable them to make internet calls.
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Below is a selection of apps that Dubai residents can use to make phone calls:
- Microsoft Teams
- Skype for Business
- Google Hangouts Meet
- Avaya Spaces
- Cisco Webex
- Etisalat Cloud Talk Meeting
- Tawasal SuperApp