UAE looks to tech, eases VOIP restrictions to fight coronavirus

UAE is doubling down on technology as the COVID-19 pandemic sends millions home. From lifting a long-held ban on popular apps such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom to announcing measures that promote remote working, the Gulf country has introduced sweeping changes in the last few weeks.

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The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, is implementing technology reforms and relaxing long-held regulations in its efforts to halt the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

The Gulf hub, which has been at the forefront of emerging technology adoption in the region, has been hit by coronavirus pandemic, with the official number of cases nearing 600. In a bid to contain the virus, the country is not just promoting the use of online platforms, but also doing away with long-held internet restrictions to enable remote working and e-learning.

For the first time ever, enterprises have access to applications such as Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business, as well as the Zoom teleconferencing app.  In a statement on Tuesday, the country's telecom regulator said the launch of the platforms was a part of its efforts to "support distance learning and working from home."

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