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Omnipotent by MARX77 Omnipotent by MARX77

The Etisalat Tower

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, branded trade name
Etisalat (Arabic: اتصالات‎ ittiṣālāt, literally "communications")

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports on internet censorship in the UAE

2010 HRW report on UAE (released 26 January 2011) noted that websites that were blocked in 2010 included www.localnewsuae.com, www.uaehewar.net (UAE Hewar) with its discussion forums (topics include freedom of expression and politics) along with its Facebook and Twitter pages.

"The UAE should take a long, hard look at what happens to governments that suppress the rights of its citizens to speak out or that think they can control the information people share. Tunisians are not the only ones in the Arab world who will insist that no government has the right to trample their rights." - strong comments from Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a 26 January 2011 press release.
As it happened, Tunisia was not the only Middle East country whose citizens had something to say - Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen all had varying degrees of unrest in February 2011 with Libya in particular descending into what looked like civil war to many observers.

Source: Internet censorship in Dubai and UAE

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Flickr (www.flickr.com) - blocked since 2005, although many other image hosting websites are not blocked.
Update 27 September 2010: Flikr available on both Du and Etisalat internet connections after the TRA said it could be unblocked, although Flicker Groups are still blocked (but that might change also).

www.localnewsuae.com - blocked in November 2010? Unclear why. Presumably commentary or blog posts that went over the tolerance line of criticism of the UAE.

www.mafiwasta.com - a website about labourers and workers in the UAE, and the harsh treatment meted out to them.
Blocking seems to be off and on, and like uaeprison.com, it's not clear what the point is of blocking it in the UAE when those who reside outside the UAE are not affected by the censorship.

Middlesex University (UK) - website blocked in the late 1990s due to the inclusion of the word "sex".
No longer blocked, and there's even a Middlesex Dubai branch now.

Source: Internet censorship in Dubai and UAE

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DeviantART too was blocked by TRA a couple of years ago; the ban has since been lifted.
However, the fav.me short url, and sta.sh are still blocked.

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@ The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority - U.A.E. :
Stop blocking our internet, dammit!!! :shakefist:


Dubai - U.A.E.
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:iconvincenzo-ganci:
Vincenzo-Ganci Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconklapouch:
klapouch Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
This work has been featured on #devPREMIUM's Architecture, Urban and Rural Spotlight Vol. 40!

Best regards!

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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
Mind. Officially. Blown!
Thanks a lot, Anatole!
I'm honored.
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:iconklapouch:
klapouch Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
My pleasure! =)
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:iconaaroffy:
aaroffy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
The sky is menacing!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
A rare occurrence in these parts.
It's almost always either clear blue or dusty skies out here.
But winter brings in the clouds and the occasional rain.
A welcome sight!
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:iconaaroffy:
aaroffy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Well good thing you made sure to capture it :D
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
I'm already registered there. :nod:
It won't make much of a difference anyway. :shrug:
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Never Give Up, Never Surrender!" quote from Galaxy Quest.
No, seriously, I have been involved in many Internet campaigns... it works. This is what repressive regimes, as well as others are afraid of. We need to use our freedoms lest we loose them.
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:iconvw1956:
vw1956 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful composition, contrast and sky!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconvw1956:
vw1956 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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:iconakronadorer:
AkronadoreR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Make my skin shudder!!!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Photographer
Come on man, it's not that bad, is it? :rofl:
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
sta.sh may be blocked because all of .sh may be blocked?
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, I guess you're right.
Man, those TRA guys are so full of .sh :shakefist:
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
You could not have made this appear more monolithic and darkly magical.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Photographer
Cheers, Josh!
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:icon13-septembre:
13-septembre Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
come on Khuram, let's go play golf...
by the way, i understand why you never fav point me, and even sta point sh... hem... me!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
Well now you know.

LET'S PLAY GOLF!!!!
I even brought my own golf club. [link] ;)
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:icon13-septembre:
13-septembre Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
what a club! :wow: but hey, look at mine [link] =P
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
It's rusty. :lol:
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:icon13-septembre:
13-septembre Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
oh, you know, as we say in french "it is in the old pots that you make the best jam"
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
And they also give you Tetanus. :paranoid:
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:icon13-septembre:
13-septembre Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
=P you mean the clap! oh, you also call it tetanus! =D
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:iconpavboq:
pavboq Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Stunning B&W!!!
PS Censorship - another wall that alienates those in power from serfs. Lets brick them up!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
Thanks, my friend, and well said! :nod:
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work Khuram! Middlesex blocked! :lmao: Really good image by the way.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, they took mercy on us middle-class folk and unblocked it. :D
Thanks a lot, Peter!
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, you are only middle class! :iconsnooty-plz: You're welcome my friend! ;)
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:iconb31photography:
B31Photography Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Excellent B&W :thumbsup:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
Thank you, my friend! :D
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:iconb31photography:
B31Photography Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
My pleasure Khuram and who would have thought that in 2012 there was still cen:police:ship!!!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
It's a fact of life.
The upward march toward progress has always been a slow and painful one.
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:iconb31photography:
B31Photography Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
And they still have to learn all the things they had to learn in the first place,
but now in a shiny new rapping.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
Very true!
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:iconfiltatikori:
filtatikori Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
what a contrast! beautiful work! :)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
Gosh, thanks! :D
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:iconfiltatikori:
filtatikori Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Photographer
my pleasure! :wave:
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:iconbadnan:
badnan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
amazing shot!! well done Khuram :D
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much, Nantia.
And thanks for the requests as well. It means a lot!!! :huggle:
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:iconbadnan:
badnan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
You are the most welcome :hug:
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
g r e a t . v i e w
b e a u t i f u l . s k y
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you, my friend!
I was inspired by yours and Carlos - *CarlosBecerra's amazing works.
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
m y . d o u b l e . p l e a s u r e . =)
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Good work, Khuram! It brings the feeling of uncertainty, even foreboding, this ominous sky just overpowers you! And this alien contraption of a tower, very Orwelian. I like the composition very much, it adds the sense of uneasiness. It is surreal! :clap:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Photographer
Cheers, Andrew! :ahoy:
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, my friend; I'm humbled.
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
:manhug:
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