Football back in Dubai's F&B venues: UAE lifts ban on beIN Sports

Telecoms operator Etisalat says the provision of the beIN Sports package will be subject to 'ongoing review'

Sports Cafe at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Sports Cafe at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

The UAE on Saturday lifted the ban on broadcaster beIN Sports. UAE-based telecoms operator Etisalat sent out a SMS to customers saying that the beIN ban was overturned with immediate effect.It added that the provision of the beIN package would be subject to an "ongoing review".The SMS read, in full: "Dear customer, we would like to advise that starting July 22 the beIN package will be available to customers and normal charges will apply. The provision of the beIN package will be subject to an ongoing review."UAE authorities said in June that any shop found selling or renewing subscriptions for the sports network will be fined.The measure was one of a number taken against Qatar, after the Gulf kingdom and its allies cut diplomatic ties with Doha.Bahrain, which has also severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, took similar measures against the broadcaster. It is not known if Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have also lifted their bans.beIn Sports is a subsidiary of the Al-Jazeera global news network. 

 

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