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Dubai’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(TRA) has been in contact with Microsoft to lift the ban of Skype in the country.

C’Me and BOTIM are the only two services allowed

Currently, the two calling applications are offered part of internet calling packages by Etisalat and Du, charging 50 dhs for calling by phone(prepaid and postpaid), whilst Du charges 100 dhs for making calls from home and Etisalat charges 100 dhs for making calls with Elife.

Microsoft is opening two centres in UAE by next year

Data centres by Microsoft will be opening soon for the first time in the Middle East and Dubai and Abu Dhabi are their two selected locations. This project has been set up in partnership with Etisalat and is part of Microsoft’s global expansion plan, which includes Germany, France and Switzerland.

Photograph credit: ITP.net

Facetime ban is likely to be lifted too

Tech giant Apple has also been in contact with TRA to lift the Facetime ban in the country. Apple has three stores in the country, starting with Mall of The Emirates and Yas Mall in 2015, followed by Dubai Mall last year. Their stores are the only ones in the Middle East.

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