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The United Arab Emirates are a Middle Eastern nation which practices Islam.

Movie censorship[]

  • Black Swan - This film was banned for sexual themes considered too taboo for the country's sensibilities. It would have been released with cuts made, but Mohammad Naser, the UAE cinema censor, declared that there would be too much to cut and there's no point in showing a butchered film.
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - This film was only allowed to be shown in the country as long a same-sex kiss scene was cut.
  • Noah - This film was banned for contradicting Islamic teachings, where Noah is considered as one of the important prophets of Allah.

Video game censorship[]

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift - This game was banned because of the suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.
  • Saints Row: The Third - This game was banned due to the game's mass amount of sexual content and drinking featured in the game.
  • Spec Ops: The Line - This game was banned for showing Dubai as a devastated city left to rot under massive sandstorms. Listening to the audio logs found in the game shows that the government of the UAE and Dubai ordered a media cover-up on the increasingly dangerous and powerful sandstorms, then fled once the sandstorms grew too intense. Unlike the other examples, which the ban only applies for registered retailers to desist selling those products via their local outlets (privately owning the game or buying it online aren't illegal), the government had extended their focus for this title going far as to block the game's official website and subsequently stop the title's distribution throughout the rest of the GCC, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us - This game was almost banned, until the title was changed to Injustice: Heroes Among Us, which then allowed the game to be released.
  • Fallout: New Vegas - This game was banned due to the presence of casinos (including the Betting Mini Game) and brothels (including strippers and Optional Sexual Encounter, although the latter case is fade to black), both are plot important place. However, the digital versions aren't banned.
  • God of War - This game was banned due to the high violence and sexuality content. Conversely, the 2018 PS4 game, which toned down the former and lack the latter, was not.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: The fourth game of the franchise became in the UAE for undisclosed reasons.
  • Fifty Shades of Gray - While the novel was not banned, this film got banned for unspecified reasons.

TV censorship[]

  • Following the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis, where Qatar was alleged having funded terrorist groups, Many Middle Eastern countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, followed Saudi Arabia's lead by banning Al-Jazeera from the country.

Internet censorship[]

  • YouTube was briefly blocked by the UAE's Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) from August 2006 to October 2006 due to increasing concerns regarding the presence of adult content in the website. According to the TRA, the block was done due to YouTube not categorizing and separating adult pornographic content from normal content. The ban was lifted in October 2006.
  • Emirates Discussion Forum was first censored UAE authorities in November 200, due to an article entitled “Beyond the Biography of Allah” which offered an atheistic critique of monotheistic divinity, a taboo topic in the religiously conservative UAE society. However, since February 7, 2010, access to the website has been completely disrupted in the UAE; visitors receive a network error message. As of May 2017, the website account had been suspended and not accessible to anyone in any part of the world.
  • Secret Dubai was blocked in 2010 by UAE's Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE.
  • The Best Page In The Universe is banned in the UAE and the page's creator is proud of that, even to the point to travel to Dubai in order to verify that his site is indeed banned there and to litter printouts of his website around the city to taunt the ban. (Turns out he was banned for a technicality, not content, but he thinks it still counts.)
  • Un-person is banned in stores or other workplaces associated with Apple, in such a way that suggests the site doesn't even exist at all (attempts to access it from those IPs instead redirect to a MacBook Pro ad).
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