Ban on FaceTime may soon be lifted in United Arab Emirates

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FaceTime has been banned in the UAE for years.
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Apple may have been voted consumers’ favorite brand in the United Arab Emirates, but one of the iPhone’s most popular features — FaceTime — still isn’t allowed in the country.

That could soon change, however, because Apple is in talks with the UAE federal government to lift the ban on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services as far as it affects FaceTime.

Apple retail boss teases new store in Dubai

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Dubai Mall is getting an Apple Store.
Dubai Mall is getting an Apple Store.
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Apple plans to expand its retail presence in the Middle East by opening a brand new store in the United Arab Emirates.

The new store coming to the Dubai Mall got revealed today by Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s VP of retail, who tweeted a teaser of the location. It will be Apple’s third store in the UAE (and second in Dubai) once it opens.