3 Solutions How to watch British TV in Dubai

Watch British TV in Dubai

If you’re looking for the best way to watch British TV in Dubai then this guide is for you. In this guide I’m going to explore the 3 solutions that are available giving you the best range of options for watching British TV in Dubai.

Living in Dubai can be great. The weather is better, the pay is better and often the lifestyle is better.

One thing that’s missing in Dubai though is British TV. No matter where I’ve been in the world I’ve always found TV to be a little lacking and one thing that makes living abroad a little easier is having access to your favourite British TV programmes.

It used to be the case that there was no easy way to watch British TV in Dubai but as TV on the internet has increased it means there are a few different options to suit your situation. Below I’ll explore the 3 best.

Watch British TV in Dubai

Watching British TV in Dubai is actually relatively simple. With websites like BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub covering free-to-air content and Sky Go and BT Sport covering subscription services you can watch most stuff online.

If you try to visit any of these sites or use their apps outside the UK in Dubai for example, then you’re blocked from viewing.

To unblock these service you’ll need to use an app called a VPN. A VPN allows you to disguise your online location. Your internet connection tells these sites and apps you’re in Dubai which is how they block you.

Using a VPN can make it look like you’re in the UK and so let you watch all the British TV you want.

Below are three solutions depending on the type of device you want to watch on, everything from TVs to computers is covered. Just pick the one most suitable for you.

Solution 1: Watch TV on a Computer, Tablet or Phone

Watching on your computer be it a desktop or laptop or on your tablet or phone is probably the easiest option.

You’ll first need to choose a VPN provider, there are hundreds out there and not all are suitable for watching British TV. Three of the best are:

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. NordVPN
  3. IPVanish

They all work well so it doesn’t matter which you choose. In the example steps below I’m using ExpressVPN.

How to watch British TV in Dubai:

  1. Visit the VPN provider of your choice, for example ExpressVPN and sign up for their service.
  2. Once sign up is complete go to the Products section of their website and download and install their app for your device.
  3. Open the app and login or use your activation code.
  4. Press Selected Location (1) and select the United Kingdom (2).
  5. Wait for the app to connect. If it doesn’t connect automatically press the Connect button (3).
ExpressVPN UK

The ExpressVPN app is easy to use.

Once the app has connected you’re now free to visit any of the UK streaming websites or use their apps such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Channel 4, Channel 5 and others.

You can also access any subscription services you might have like Sky Go and BT Sport.

Solution 2: Watch on your TV with a Fire TV Stick

Another really simple solution is to use an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick in Dubai. You’ll either need to take one with you or get a friend or family member to send one over to you from the UK.

You can plug the Fire TV or Firestick into your TV to watch British TV in Dubai but you’ll still need a VPN to unblock the services. Once you’ve got a Fire TV or Firestick follow the instructions below.

Again not all services work with the Amazon Fire TV or Firestick but three VPN services that do and I recommend are:

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. CyberGhost
  3. NordVPN

How to watch British TV in Dubai:

  1. Visit the VPN provider of your choice such as ExpressVPN and sign up.
  2. Once you’ve signed up go to your Fire TV or Firestick and use the Search feature to search ‘ExpressVPN’.
  3. Click to download and install the app.
  4. Open the app and login when required.
  5. Press Selected Location and then press on United Kingdom.
  6. Wait for the app to connect or press the Connect button if it hasn’t connected automatically.

ExpressVPN Amazon app

Once the app has connected you can now open any of the UK TV streaming apps.

Apps such as BBC iPlayer and ITV are good for live and catch-up TV plus there’s an app called TV Player that allows you to watch nearly every Freeview TV channel live on the Fire TV or Firestick.

Solution 3: Watch on anything

The final solution is a catch-all solution that will work on any of the above mentioned devices and any other devices you might have that are not one of the above, such as Smart TVs.

The final solution is a hardware VPN solution which is great for devices like Smart TVs that don’t accept VPN apps.

For this you’ll need an InvizBox 2 device. It works like your home router but instead it has VPN connectivity built into it.

Invizbox VPN router being held in a hand

You can buy an InvizBox 2 here. Once it arrives you simply connect it to your regular router via Wi-Fi or Wired and follow the enclosed instructions to create a UK HotSpot.

You’ll now have a new Wi-Fi hotspot and everything that connects to it will be accessing a UK connection. You can of course connect to it via a wired connection too.

The beauty of the InvizBox 2 is it allows you to create multiple Wi-Fi hotspots all with different countries. So if you wanted a hotspot for accessing American Netflix for example then this is also possible.


Watching British TV in Dubai is a lot easier than you might imagine.

There are three very good solutions that will fit different types of devices and different budgets.

If you’ve got a computer, laptop, tablet or phone then you should follow Solution 1 above. If you want to watch on a TV the easiest method is by using an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick and you should use Solution 2.

For all other devices including the devices already mentioned you should follow Solution 3.

Whichever solution you end up choosing they’ll all enable you to watch British TV in Dubai with ease. You can get my recommended VPN service for watching on most devices by clicking the button below

Got any questions or feeling out of your depth? Just post in the comments section below and we’ll be glad to help out.

Author: Christopher Seward

Having used the internet since 1994, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.


  1. Paul

    In Dubai at present you cannot get British Television with Express VPN – I tried today – yes it seen the location in East London but BBC IPlayer or ITV hub would not open. I chatted with Xpress and they advised that you cannot access BTV in UAE and that they are working on it. I have a UK VPN but for the likes of me I cannot get it onto my fire stick without having a degree in computer science which I do not have – frustrated expat time to go home ?

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Paul,

      I’ve replied directly to you by email with some further help. ITV should work fine, iPlayer isn’t working with a VPN using ExpressVPN right now but hopefully should in the near future.

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