This app will let you make video calls in Dubai

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Etisalat has released a "simple and reliable" video calling app that works on smartphones, tablets and desktops.

While talks are reportedly underway to get Skype and FaceTime working in the UAE, we've still got a bit of waiting to do – so this might just be an ideal solution.

HiU messenger lets users make calls to anyone in the world via voice or HD video, while the app can also be used to send instant messages.
It also has a group chat feature which supports up to 200 contacts at once.

The app is available to download for a two-week trial completely free of charge, with an internet calling plan costing Dhs50 per month after that.

Buying a plan will also allow use of BOTIM and C'Me, the other two official Etisalat apps, which are available on iOs and Android.
Meanwhile, Microsoft said earlier this year that it is “hopeful” of overturning the ban on Skype in the UAE.

Currently, mobile video-calling technology is restricted on apps including WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and Snapchat.

Skype was first blocked in the UAE in January, with UAE officials citing concerns over the security of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype or WhatsApp video calling.

More from News

The 12-minute New Year’s Eve firework event will have food trucks, live performances and more

It means you'll never need to fill up at the petrol station again

Join us every morning for your daily rundown of the best things to do in Dubai

The mock-up image was created by crystal artist Sara Shakeel

Now Hear This gets festive while running down what's happening across the city today

It grants visa-free access to 167 countries across the globe


Follow us