Use an IP address from the United Arab Emirates on the Proton VPN network

Posted on March 18th, 2020 by in Service Updates.

ProtonVPN has eight new servers in the United Arab Emirates.


Proton VPN users in the UAE can now browse the Internet with an Emirati IP address while encrypting their online activity. The UAE is the 46th country to have Proton VPN servers. These servers will reduce latency for Proton VPN users in the Gulf region. Regardless of whether you are using public WiFi or accessing sensitive data, like your bank account, Proton VPN will keep your data secure and private.

We installed eight new VPN servers in a data center in Dubai. They are available to users on one of our paid plans. Each new server we install increases our capacity for new users and improves service for our current users.

AE#1-3 are available on our Basic plan.
AE#4-8 are available on our Plus and Visionary plans.

Important note about online privacy in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates has a poor record when it comes to protecting online privacy. However, our mission is to bring security, privacy, and freedom to everyone, which means expanding our VPN network to include as many countries as possible. Our eight new servers will give Emiratis a way to reclaim their privacy from overt surveillance. To mitigate concerns about Emirati VPN servers, we have outlined our policy and precautions you should consider in our blog post on VPN servers in high-risk countries.

Our users’ security is our primary concern. That is why we have closely vetted the third-party data center we are working with. By working through third-party infrastructure in the UAE, we retain our status as a Swiss company. This means we are not subject to Emirati jurisdiction.

Technical security measures and privacy recommendations

Proton VPN follows a set of policies and guidelines for servers in higher-risk locations to make it more difficult for a foreign authority to compromise the privacy of our users. For example, we only work with reliable infrastructure partners, implement full-disk encryption on all our VPN servers, and only use bare metal servers.

However, none of these measures are foolproof. If the Emirati government is part of your threat model, we recommend you either avoid the Emirati VPN servers entirely or use our Secure Core feature when connecting to any of our servers in the UAE.

When using our Secure Core feature, your Internet traffic is routed through multiple servers, including hardened servers that are controlled and owned by Proton VPN. With Secure Core, even if the exit VPN server in the UAE is compromised, your traffic can only be traced back to the Secure Core server, keeping your true IP address private.

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Proton VPN is a community-supported VPN service developed by the same team that created Proton Mail, a pioneer in encrypted email. Our mission is to make a private, secure Internet available to everyone. We currently have servers available in 46 countries and counting. To join for free and start protecting your online activity, click the sign up button below. Or if you already have an account and want to support our mission with a paid plan, click upgrade.

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Prior to joining Proton, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. He joined the Proton team to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.

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