Spotify 'set to launch in the UAE'

Dubai could soon get access to the music streaming service

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Music streaming service Spotify is exploring a launch in the UAE – and it's already advertising for staff.

Eagle-eyed web users have spotted adverts for several roles based in Dubai including a 'Senior Editor Middle East and Africa' and a 'Technical Account Manager'.

The listings have appeared last week on several job websites including LinkedIn.

Now a source close to the company has confirmed that it is eyeing up a launch here.

Currently, Spotify users who try to access the app in the UAE are notified that content isn’t available in this region.

The listing for senior editor reads: “We are looking for a broadly experienced Senior Editor to join Spotify’s Shows and Editorial (S&E) team in Dubai.

“You will identify and curate first-rate music playlist listening- and programming experiences for a multitude of our moods, moments, and genres, demonstrate a passion for performance-oriented analytics, and will have your ear to the ground in the music community, focusing on MENA.”

We asked Spotify if it is planning to launch here, but a company spokesperson didn't give much away.

They said: "Spotify's long-term goal is to be available in every country, but we don't have any news to share on future launches at this time."

It's been a big week for technology news, with Microsoft revealing that it is in talks with Dubai officials about lifting the ban on Skype.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) had reportedly been holding discussions with the Seattle-based tech giant as well as FaceTime creator Apple to allow the popular apps to be used across the emirates.

Now it has been confirmed that the talks are taking place, with Microsoft saying: “We have been working closely with the local authorities towards gaining a better understanding of the local requirements in an effort to get Skype unblocked.

TRA director Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori previously told Arabic newspaper Al Ittihad that relationships with the tech companies are “strong and stable”.

He also noted the large number of subscribers for official calling applications BOTIM and C'Me.

Currently, Etisalat offers the two services for Dhs50 per month on iOS and Android.

Speaking to Time Out Dubai, a spokesman for the TRA said that the services are "still not available" but wouldn't confirm details of the reported talks.

It looks like we may soon see the days of calling home via Skype and FaceTime return.

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