Masood, a computer engineer specializing in networks, has been working in one of the several companies in the Dubai Internet City for the past five years. Since he works so hard to provide me with a comfortable life, I decided to write a post on the place he goes to every single day, except Fridays and some Saturdays – the DIC.
Dubai Internet City (DIC) is an information technology park created by Dubai’s government as a free economic zone, which means that foreign-owned companies can operate without certain restrictions that are prevalent outside the trade-free zones.
DIC is about 25 kilometers south of the center of Dubai city on the famous Shaikh Zayed Road. This area is rapidly becoming the new downtown of Dubai, located between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah, two of the most exclusive and expensive areas of Dubai.
So while DIC sells itself as a business-friendly environment with excellent connectivity, the reality is now one of a heavily censored internet (including websites relating to alcohol and gambling), including Skype, which is completely blocked.
Of course, the UAE proxy can be bypassed by various methods, like setting up a VPN to connect securely to a server in a free country such as the USA. This restores full uncensored internet access, with the advantage that UAE authorities can’t snoop on the traffic.
You can find the complete list of companies operating in the Dubai Internet City here.
source: Dubai internet city website and wikipedia