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UAE blocks Skype ahead of New Year

04:03 PM | 31 Dec, 2017
UAE blocks Skype ahead of New Year
DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates has blocked the access to free internet calling app Skype that was used by many to connect with friends and family, the Gulf News reported on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the UAE’s telecom providers Etisalat and du have confirmed that Skype is blocked throughout the country and are providing alternative solutions.

Replying to a number of social media users over the Skpe ban, Etisalat said: “The access to the Skype App is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates' Regulatory Framework.”

https://twitter.com/etisalat/status/946965906604912640

In the same manner, du also responded to its customers' queries, and said: “Please note that any unauthorized applications or services that are providing VoIP calling services are not supported in UAE.”

https://twitter.com/dutweets/status/947201932552175621

What are the alternatives?


Although the Skype app is blocked in the UAE, telecom providers have assured that there are legal ways for residents to stay connected with their family and friends through internet services.

Both du and Etisalat have offered the VoIP-based apps Botim and C’Me as part of their “unlimited” voice and video call services.

However, they do come with a monthly fee.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 23 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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