The 2 big telephone operators in UAE: DU and Etisalat do not permits VoIP companies like Skype, Viber, Facetime, Blackberry BBM or Tango etc. to make free or cheap unlimited internet calling over PC or mobiles, due to declining revenues, and also they want to sell their own branded VoIP packages instead of promoting Skype, Viber etc. in UAE, which they have blocked,
But now Etisalat is all set to debut and sell its own VoIP calling cards in Dubai malls and shopping centers, Etisalat business centers ... there are reports that there are 5 type of such VoIP cards are available,
"Etisalat’s Five calling card offers discounted call rates to Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka for as little as 40 fils per minute, plus users can make calls to other countries at normal rates."