BeIN sports channels restored in UAE

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The UAE telecommunication companies, Etisalat and du, have reinstated Qatar’s BeIN Sports network from Saturday.

Subscribers of BeIN channels in the UAE were informed of the move in emails from the two UAE telecom providers.

“We are again receiving the network of BeIN sports channels, distributed by du,” one of two telecommunications companies in the Emirates, one customer told AFP.

The sports network owned by Qatar had been blocked following the Gulf crisis early last month.

The Etisalat message said: “We would like to advise that starting July 22, 2017, the BeIN package will be available to customers and normal charges will apply.”

“The provision of the BeIN package will be subject to an ongoing review.”

BeIN has the broadcast rights for European football leagues, which are highly popular in the Gulf.

The network went off the air in the UAE when Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia and including the UAE, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

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