Apple’s iOS 13.6 update, released Wednesday, appears to be able to implement FaceTime in the United Arab Emirates, which was previously unusable in the country,media Macrumors reported. According to MacMagazine and several Twitter users, FaceTime will be available once the iOS 13.6 update is installed. Apple did not mention the update in its release note sist on iOS 13.6, and the supporting documentation has not yet been updated.
Local regulations have blocked FaceTime’s use in the United Arab Emirates, but rumors over the past few years suggest Apple is working with government officials to lift faceTime bans.
FaceTime is disabled by default on all phones sold in the UAE, but installing iOS 13.6 should unlock the feature. There have also been multiple reports that FaceTime could also be used on devices running iOS 14 in the UAE.
FaceTime was also banned in Saudi Arabia, but is available in the iOS 11.3 update.