Today is the 423 day of the blockade imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.
Du and Etisalat, the two UAE-based telecommunications providers, on Saturday confirmed in text messages and emails to their subscribers the reinstatement of BeIN channels, which have the rights to broadcast hugely popular European football leagues.
“We would like to advise that starting 22 July 2017 the BeIN package will be available to customers and normal charges will apply,” Etisalat’s email said. “The provision of the BeIN package will be subject to an ongoing review.”
One customer of Du told AFP news agency: “We are again receiving the network of BeIN sports channels, distributed by Du.”
UAE-based publication The National also reported the development based on similar sources, but it was unclear what was behind the decision to bring BeIN back on the air.
Doha was accused of supporting “extremism” – an allegation it denies.