Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dubai Blocks iDating, But Lets People ... - Online Personals Watch

Dubai pictureOPW - Nov 3 - Irena and I were in Dubai for a few days so we thought we'd see which dating sites were blocked and which made it past government filtering. Specifically any 'Internet Content that contradicts the ethics and morals of the UAE including Nudity and Dating' get blocked. iDating doesn't fit the religion and culture of UAE. Matrimonials sites, on the other hand, are ok.

Match, Plentyoffish and OKCupid were blocked. I thought World Singles might make the cut, but no. It was blocked. China dating sites Zhenai, Baihe and Jiayuan were all blocked as well. We got through to Facebook and thought we'd have more luck with people discovery services. Badoo was blocked but Tagged and Meetme were ok. Matrimonials sites made the cut. Shaadi, Bharat Matrimony and Jeevansathi were all available in Dubai. We were especially pleased that Online Personals Watch and Social Networking Watch were available as well. Of course, as soon as I fired up my VPN I could get to everything. Dubai Internet City also enjoys open access and alternative ISP Du is more lenient than Etisalat. [Full Disclosure: POF and Meetme are clients of Courtland Brooks]


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