Retake your Snapchat Video Ability in UAE with this Tip

John Bennet Last Updated by John Bennet on February 18, 2019

In 2016, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stunned its residents by passing a law banning the use of all free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, saying that the only ones legal in the country were those provided by locally owned services, who rather conveniently, charged fees for them.

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Not only was this the end WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, and Snapchat for individual consumers in UAE, but a punch to the gut for small-and-medium business owners, who were using the free services as their telecommunication solutions.

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What once was a non-cost in their business budgets was now spilling into thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per year.

While the UAE might be using technology to take away Snapchat’s video calls from UAE, another technology – virtual private networks (VPNs) – is enabling UAE residents and business owners to still acquire and use the free VoIP services.

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There is a risk to using VPNs in UAE. In 2016, the country passed a law declaring that anyone using a VPN to perform illegal activities could be subject to heavy fines. Since a previous law banned VoIP services, the second law makes using a VPN for the UAE to enable VoIP into a finable offense.

Despite that fact, thousands of UAE citizens and companies use VPNs because they feel the law is restrictive and flies in the face of competitive and fair practices.

What are the best VPNs for UAE?

If you’re going to use a VPN to make Snapchat video calls in the UAE, you’ll need one that has strong speeds and great security. The fast speeds are necessary to make the call stream without gaps or delays, and the security will snure the call stays private.

Here are a few VPNs that fit the bill on both accounts.



PrivateVPN cannot stream US Netflix because of its intense geoblock capacity, but it can handle UAE Snapchat functionality just fine. Its privacy is second to none in the industry with 2048-bit encryption, an automatic kill switch, a strict no-logs policy, and built-in leak protection for both DNS and IP.

It’s easy to tell when a VPN is built for streaming like Snapchat video if it’s also successful at torrenting. PrivateVPN has very strong torrenting capabilities including P2P functionality and port forwarding.

Another nice perk is that you can use up to six simultaneous connections with one license of PrivateVPN. If it doesn’t fit the bill for your needs, there’s also a 30-day, money-back guarantee attached.

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ExpressVPN is like the shiny Corvette on the car lot that everyone wants until they see the price tag. True, it has amazing speeds, but once you get into the ride, you realize it’s packing  a punch all across the board.

The speed is paramount, and it won’t disappoint you when making Snapchat calls whether you’re seeking a VPN for Android or a VPN for iOS. It achieves those speeds with an amazing collection of hot spots around the world – some 94 countries in all. And you never have to worry about your logs coming out to haunt you because ExpressVPN hails from the British Virgin Islands, which is not part of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance, which shares intelligence data on matters like this.

To make doubly sure there’s no loss of data and 100% anonymity, ExpressVPN offers customers a strict no-logspolicy, DNS and IP leak protection, and its own Network Lock (kill switch in normal English). The cherries on top are 24/7 customer service via live chat and unlimited bandwidth and server switches to customers.

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While ExpressVPN is the Corvette of the industry, NordVPN might be the tank – reliable, powerful, and relentless. After settling around the middle of the pack for its first few years, NordVPN added more than 2,000 servers during the first half of 2018 to bring its total to more than 5,100 spread across more than 60 countries worldwide.

With more servers came greater coverage and greater speed for the Panama-based power. Nord matches its proliferance with impressive security, giving customers AES 256-bits encryptions and DoubleVPN tunneling.

There’s also a kill switch and IP leak protection to ensure what you’re saying and doing on Snapchat stays between you and the person at the other end of the connection.

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John Bennet
John Bennet is an experienced data and communications engineer and cross-platform copy and content writer and editor with a keen interest in cybersecurity. He has been working with and researching, VPNs and other online privacy tools for many years.