Earlier this year, Amazon Prime launched in the UAE, bringing with it their much-awaited video-on-demand service, Prime Video. Much to the delight of residents, it’s another addition to the growing list of video streaming services in the UAE. Today, ADM explores the various options for residents looking to stream the latest movies, TV series and programmes! From Netflix to OSN, here are the best streaming services in the UAE for TV shows, Hollywood, Bollywood, Arabic cinema and more, along with details on subscription costs and free trial periods.
8 BEST VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES IN THE UAE
Netflix is one of the top services for video streaming in the UAE that lets you watch on your laptop, phone, tablet and TV[/caption]When it comes to the video streaming services in the UAE, there’s no doubt that streaming giant Netflix first comes to mind. Netflix finally launched its services in the UAE in 2016 and has become the go-to for viewers looking for the next show to binge-watch. Aside from an impressive catalogue of popular TV series, films and documentaries, Netflix UAE is also known for its growing portfolio of original content, including hit series like Stranger Things,
Apple TV +
The latest addition to streaming services in the UAE is Apple TV +! Launching in the UAE on November 1, Apple TV Plus will focus on original content by Apple including shows, movies and documentaries, completely ad-free. Some of the shows to look forward to on Apple TV + are The Morning Show, Helpsters and Dickinson, which will star big names like Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell, Jason Momoa and Jennifer Anniston. TV personality Oprah Winfrey will also be partnering with Apple to release two documentaries and even a book club!
One of the most-awaited on-demand streaming services in the UAE, Apple TV + will cost only AED 19.99 per month. The monthly subscription to Apple TV plus UAE will include access for up to six family members at a time. At the launch, subscribers will be able to access Apple TV + through the Apple TV app on iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs – and even some SAMSUNG smart TVs.
Free Trial: 7 Days
Apple TV Plus price in UAE: AED 19.99 per month
Launch date: 1 November 2019
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Another option for video streaming in the UAE is Amazon Prime Video, which launched in the country in June 2019. Customers get free access to Amazon Prime Video UAE as part of its premium subscription service, Amazon Prime. The Grand Tour, Fleabag and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel and Good Omens are just some of the popular Amazon-original shows that viewers can catch on this video streaming service in the UAE. Other content available on Prime Video includes Hollywood, Bollywood and other foreign films. The competitive Amazon Prime Video UAE subscription cost makes it a popular option for viewers in the country.
Free Trial: 30 days
Amazon Prime Video UAE price: AED 12 per month (Until October 2019), AED 16 per month (After October 2019), AED 140 per year
StarzPlay Arabia is a service for on demand streaming in Dubai and the UAE, which became available to customers in the region even before Netflix. Whether it’s drama, action, comedy, family, Bollywood or Arabic content you’re after, StarzPlay Arabia has it all. Watch everything from The Handmaid’s Tale, Scandal, Friends and The Office on StarzPlay’s video streaming services in the UAE. Plus, you’ll also have access to STARZ original shows from its own cable network like The Rook and Sweetbitter the same time it’s broadcasted in the US.
Free Trial: 30 days
Starz Play UAE price: AED 40 per month
OSN (PREVIOUSLY WAVO)
Other streaming services in the UAE include the new, revamped OSN (previously WAVO). Customers get access to HBO series like Big Little Lies, Westworld and Game of Thrones, other hit shows, blockbuster movies, sports and Arabic and Turkish offerings. OSN users can also live stream from select OSN channels like OSN Movies, Disney Channel and Comedy Central. The latest addition to their portfolio is Disney Plus Originals, where you can catch all the original Disney shows and movies without any additional costs.
Free Trial: 7 days
OSN UAE price: AED 35 per month
Icflix is one of the few Dubai-based video streaming services in the UAE, offering movies and TV series, documentaries and cartoons from Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic cinema. Icflix’s content is available in English, French and Arabic, while users can watch on up to five devices at a time, depending on the package they choose. Offering a selection of 10,000 titles, Icflix UAE really shines when it comes to its Arabic library. It’s also one of the streaming services in the UAE that’s started producing its own Arabic content like HIV, Al Makida and Arabian Nights.
Free Trial: 30 days
Icflix UAE price: AED 29 per month
One of the first on demand streaming services in the UAE, Shahid by MBC boasts an extensive library of purely Arabic content. Shahid is a free streaming service in the UAE that allows users to watch Arabic shows and movies previously aired on MBC channels as well as other online-exclusive content. However, Shahid Plus offers a paid subscription, which allows users to watch ad-free content and provides access to additional premium content, too.
Touted as the number one Arabic video on demand service in the UAE and globally, Shahid Plus has the largest library of series, documentaries, movies that includes Arabic content, along with English and Turkish content that has been dubbed or subtitled. Users of Shahid Plus UAE can watch shows like ‘Weld Al Ghalaba’, ‘Zelal’ and ‘Khamsa Wa Nos’, while premium kids’ content like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants are also now available on this paid service for video streaming in the UAE.
Free Trial: 7 days
Shahid Plus UAE price: AED 18 per month
Watch your favourite Bollywood movies, original shows, web series and music videos and so much more all in one place on Eros Now. Owned by Indian production company Eros International, it’s one of the biggest services for movie streaming in the UAE for Bollywood and other Indian films in over 10 languages, including Telugu, Kannada and Marathi, available with a paid subscription. Aside from these, users of Eros Now also get access to original content that includes feature films, shows and web-series. Popular movies on this video streaming service include Bajirao Mastani, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Ram Leela, while Eros Now Original Series like SideHero and Metro Park are available for premium users, too.
Free Trial: No
Eros Now Premium Price: AED 18 per month, AED 173 per year
Also, keep in mind that some of these streaming services in the UAE have also tied up with local telecom operators to offer special plans and pricing. For instance, du customers can enjoy special offers and extended trial periods for Amazon Prime Video, while Etisalat offers the same for Starz Play Arabia.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS PRIME VIDEO AVAILABLE IN THE UAE?
Yes, Amazon Prime Video is one of the video streaming services available in the UAE. The subscription cost for this UAE video streaming service starts from AED 12 per month until October 2019, after which it increases to AED 16 per month.
CAN YOU WATCH HULU IN THE UAE?
No, Hulu is a streaming service that is currently not available in the UAE.
IS HBO GO AVAILABLE IN UAE?
No, HBO GO is a streaming service only available to US subscribers. However, you can watch HBO series like Big Little Lies and Game of Thrones on streaming services in the UAE like OSN.
HOW MUCH DOES NETFLIX COST IN THE UAE?
The subscription costs for Netflix UAE starts from AED 29 per month for a basic plan, which allows you to watch on one screen at a time with no HD available. The standard package costs AED 39 per month, with the option to watch on two screens at a time and HD available. The premium package for video streaming in the UAE costs AED 56 per month, which allows users to watch on four screens at a time and with HD and Ultra HD also available.
Report in cooperation with: Bayut