How To Watch American Netflix in Dubai
Traveling or working abroad? Disappointed with how little content there is compared to at home? This tutorial will walk you through the process that will allow you to watch American Netflix in Dubai.
According to Finder.com, the US Netflix catalog currently has 4,052 movies and 1,580 TV shows. There is no data for Dubai but neighboring Saudi Arabia only has 1,961 movies and 726 TV shows. That’s enough for most people but if you’re going to be there for a while, you will soon run out of options.
Fortunately, you can work around that by using a VPN.
VPNs and Netflix
A Virtual Private Network can fool a website or app into thinking you’re somewhere you’re not. In the case of Netflix, you can use an American VPN exit node to make it think you’re in the US. As a result, Netflix will show you the US catalog of content rather than the Dubai catalog.
An exit node is an endpoint server within the VPN provider network. What happens when you enable the VPN client is that the client will encrypt all your data and send it directly to the closest VPN server. It will transit the provider network to the select exit point and flow to the internet from there. As part of the service, your traffic will be given the IP address of that exit node so the internet thinks you’re there and not where you really are.
Selecting a US exit node gives you an America IP address which is enough for Netflix to give you American content. It’s a simple setup but much more complicated behind the scenes. Fortunately, the VPN app takes care of all that for you.
All you need to do is select a VPN service, download the app, log into it, select a US VPN server and connect. Everything else is handled by the client.
Choosing a VPN to watch American Netflix in Dubai
Not all VPN providers work in Dubai and not all of them work with Netflix. As part of the agreement between Netflix and content providers, the streaming service has to actively combat VPNs and do what it can to stop them. Some providers work around this while others do not.
These five VPN providers are known to work around Netflix’s attempts to block them and provide as reliable a service as possible.
ExpressVPN is one of the more reliable VPN providers when it comes to Netflix. All providers in this list actively work to maintain availability but ExpressVPN is a leader in this field. It has thousands of VPN servers in 160 locations in 94 countries. There are over a hundred of these servers in the US spread across the country so if one goes down or is blocked, there are others to choose from. Pricing is reasonable too.
PureVPN is another provider that will let you watch American Netflix in Dubai. With over 2,000 servers in over 180 locations across the world, including over 600 in North America, you have plenty of options should a server be blocked or go down for any reason. The service is reliable, fast and offers decent value for money too. The app is easy to use and makes connecting to an exit node as simple as it can get, which is another reason to try this provider.
NordVPN also works in Dubai and with Netflix. With over 5,200 servers in 60 countries, with many being in the US, the network is large enough to offer a reliable viewing experience. The network is fast, the app well-designed and easy to use and the overall experience of the product is positive. It is on the expensive end of the scale but is very stable.
Private internet Access
Private internet Access is another VPN provider worth checking out. It has a large network of over 3,300 servers across 32 countries including the US. With multiple American servers, traffic is spread across them all and there are a ton of options should one be blocked or fail. The app is simple to use and connects in seconds. This is one of the cheaper options too.
IPVanish is my final suggestion for a VPN that lets you watch American Netflix in Dubai. Like these others, it has a large stable network, is fast, works with Netflix, works in Dubai and UAE and has over 1,300 servers across 75 locations. The app is easy to use and connects in seconds and the network speed seems on par with its competitors.
If you set up your VPN before you leave on your trip, you should be able to watch American Netflix in Dubai as much as you like. All of these options are well worth checking out and most come with a free trial too!