Last updated on May 14th, 2020
Whether you are going to Dubai on vacation or for business, you will want to keep up with everything you were watching back home. It may seem like a hassle with all of the issues that you are bound to run into, but we will guide you through the entire process.
We will tell you the main problems that you might run into when trying to watch your favourite shows in Dubai. After that, we will also take you through some of the best ways through which you can bypass all of the aforementioned issues to watch your favorite shows.
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Why your Netflix shows do not work in Dubai
Since Netflix is by far the biggest streaming network when it comes to movies and TV, we have decided to use it as the basis for this guide. However, remember that most streaming networks will run into similar issues and the solutions that we list here will work on other platforms such as Huli and Amazon Prime too.
Since there is a cost associated with putting shows on Netflix, it is not feasible for Netflix to have all of their shows available in all regions. If they believe that not enough people are going to watch a certain series or film, then they do not publish that specific content in the region. On top of that, there are numerous copyright issues which cause Netflix to restrict access to content.
How to Watch Netflix in Dubai
If your Netflix account is registered somewhere else and you visit Dubai, you will access Dubai’s Netflix as opposed to your own. This means that a lot of content that you were watching will not be available anymore. Do not fret though, as there is a way around this geo-blocking.
The easiest and the most reliable way through which you can watch Netflix when in Dubai is through the use of a VPN. A VPN will route your internet’s traffic through one of its secure servers at a location of your choice. This will fool Netflix into thinking that you are connected from your own country even though you are actually in Dubai.
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Best VPN for Netflix
There are many VPNs available in the market, but not all of them work when it comes to Netflix. This is because Netflix is able to recognize when you are connected through a VPN, and only a few VPNs are advanced enough technologically to bypass this restriction. Keeping that in mind, we will now tell you what the best VPN for Netflix is and why that is the case.
NordVPN is the best Netflix VPN
NordVPN is one of the biggest and the most popular VPNs available right now. As we stated above, there are only a few VPNs which are able to handle Netflix and other streaming websites, and NordVPN does that flawlessly.
Remember that overall, the best VPN for Netflix and general use is probably ExpressVPN. However, if your only use of a VPN is to connect to Netflix, then NordVPN is more than sufficient and will get the job done at a cheaper price.
NordVPN has dedicated streaming servers whose only purpose is to be able to bypass the Netflix restrictions and allow you access to whichever region you wish. If you do not like using a dedicated streaming server (or you do not have good latency to it), then all of their standard servers are also able to penetrate Netflix defenses.
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NordVPN Pricing and other features
NordVPN is also a great VPN for general use. It will encrypt all your traffic, and allow you to enjoy a completely anonymous internet experience. It also unlocks access to all major streaming platforms such as BBC iPlayer and Hulu.
You can get a NordVPN subscription for $11.95 a month. You can also get massive discounts if you subscribe for longer periods of time. For example, you will only have to pay $6.99 a month if you pay an annual fee.
The one place where NordVPN falls short is that it does not have a router app, meaning that getting Netflix to work on your TV will be a little more difficult than usual. If you are looking to primarily use Netflix on your TeleVision and do not want to go through the torment of setting up a VPN on your router, then it is best to get ExpressVPN.
Remember that using a VPN will not only get you access to your favourite TV shows, but it could be a very good practice to ensure your online experience is private. A VPN can also be used to register for another region’s Netflix. Netflix US has more western content than any other region which is why it tends to have a lot of registrations from people using a VPN.