It never stops, does it? The latest site to be blocked by the fundamentalist, ignorant peasants currently controlling what far better-educated UAE nationals and expats may access is TinyURL.com.
TinyURL is a site that converts lengthy web addresses to short, concise ones. For example, this link here:
Is a link to UAE Community blog. When you click it, it auto-converts BACK to:
Meaning that TinyURL is NOT a means of avoiding the proxy. It is a 100% legitimate website that does not in anyway offend the morals and culture of the UAE. Here is a screenshot of the site (click for the full image):
I put this call out not to expats (because yeah - we can all "go home if you don't like it") but to UAE national web users: your communications authorities are ruining your experience of the internet, they are turning your country into an international joke, and they are making you pay ludicrous amounts of money for the privilege (believe us expats when we tell you that you are getting utterly ripped off - we know what kind of prices people pay overseas, and what kind of service they get. Yours is almost indescribable by comparison).
You need to lobby them - to get senior sheikhs and officials onside - before it is too late, and the only website left open is Etisalat.ae. This is your country: your government should be serving you, not controlling you.