The above image is one of the many reasons I will not be sad to leave the UAE in June. It has been almost three years since I have been able to look at anything on Flickr. Or read a blog that is hosted on Typepad (no Chris Glass, No Swissmiss etc…). Or use Skype. Or use iChat because the government owned (and only) internet provider doesn’t like AOL. Or any number of other things that the UAE finds objectionable or might cut into their bottom line. And you never know when something might disappear behind an impenetrable light blue wall.


Update: You can now add ffffound to the list. Another one bites the dust.
Update 2: And Twitter goes down. They’re dropping like flies.



  1. That is nuts! I had no idea it was that bad.

  2. Mark Baker said

    It is VERY easy to get a proxy server and bypass this!

  3. Ameer said

    Yes, this is so easy to do, use AnchorFree Hotspot shield software, there is also a mac version

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