As many areas of the USA, Europe, Australia and more head into further lockdowns throughout the festive period, Zoom is ensuring it brings people together.

The video chatting platform, which has become hugely popular throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, announced over the weekend that the 40-minute call limit would be lifted on free accounts during the Christmas period.

For those who use Zoom regularly will know that free accounts are limited to 40-minute-long calls. However, these restrictions will be lifted throughout the festive period including the final day of Hanukah, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

A spokesperson from Zoom made a statement saying the move was to show its gratitude to customers during an “extraordinary time”.

“As a token of appreciation to our users during an extraordinary time, we’re removing the 40-minute limit on free Zoom accounts for all meetings globally for several upcoming special occasions,” the statement read.

“Whether coming together on the final day of Hanukkah, celebrating Christmas, ringing in the new year or marking the last days of Kwanzaa, those connecting with friends and family won’t get cut short.”

Many in Dubai and the rest of the UAE may make take comfort and take advantage of this lift on the call limits after the UK announced stricter lockdown measures which may have caused many to rethink their travel plans.

While it may not be the usual festive period many are used to, it’s amazing how technology can bring us together.

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