The UAE is one of the few countries in the Gulf region where major communication platforms including FaceTime, Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp are currently banned. But now UAE is going to mark WhatsApp Voice Calls. First free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to be available in the country.

Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, executive director of the UAE’s National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), told CNBC in an interview:

“The collaboration now happening with WhatsApp has increased and we are working on many aspects. (We are) collaborating here in the UAE and in many of those (aspect) we saw a very good understanding of the concept. There might be a lift of that ban for (WhatsApp) voice calls or broadcasting of many of the things that they do,” Al Kuwaiti told CNBC in an interview.

Here is the complete interview video that Mohamed Al Kuwaiti gave to CNBC:

Earlier this year, Gulf News reported that talks were already in place between officials from Smart Dubai and “strategic partners and the telecommunication industry” to lift the VoIP restrictions in the UAE. For UAE residents this is good news as it is going to happen soon.

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