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Opera Mini released, no Arabic, blocked in Saudi Arabia

Opera has announced that their Opera mini browser for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the App Store.

From the press release:

Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.

Opera Mini does not work in Saudi Arabia as their servers are blocked by CITC. Opera Mini also doesn’t support Arabic.

Opera Mini is free and can be downloaded from the App Store.

Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac.net.

About Khaled A.


  1. Because Site Blocking Form KACST Doen’t Work I Gauss
    Back in the day of Nokia 6680 (I still use it) sites were not being blocked some how!

  2. I just downloaded the app just in case if there is something interesting in it

  3. Any particular reason to block or just for the heck of ignorant people blocking everything

  4. One thing to notice that most of users thought that its opera problem and the rating of opera for saudi stores has really come down with almost everyone giving one star, little knowing that its not opera problem.

  5. i don’t think its blocked i had the same i issue you just need to change the setting> advanced from socket to HTTP witch u cant do unless u load the first use page so to do that u can follow the instruction at this forum on ( mobile4arab.com/vb/showthread.php?t=731202)

    • Abdulaziz Al Hammadi

      How to change the setting?
      The app isn’t loading at all !

      +The second method mentioned in your link require JBed iPhone. 🙁

    • God bless you… yes, it works! You need to change the setting from Socket to HTTP… and it works like a breeze!!!

      But you cannot do that unless you have a VPN to start the Opera browser in the 1st place.

    • Superb! worked perfectly just by changing from socket to http. Logged on to opera via vpn server and the trick was done.

    • And now you don’t need to use VPN when you use Opera; if you know what I mean 😉

    • Does Opera have similar 😉 speedy 😉 browser of osx

    • Speedy, yes as you can turn on the turbo for compression when using slow connections… but similar in terms of VPN, no! You still have to use your VPN with OSX… but the positive side of it, is that the combination of Opera & VPN on OSX will be faster than Safari & VPN on OSX due to the fact that the Opera turbo feature compresses the contents during the transfer… resulting into faster surfing.

      Good luck… and use it responsibly!

    • Thanks for the swift response. Will definitely give it a try.

    • plz can u show me how to make vpn and change setting so i can rum opera in my iphone plz i was waitin for it for a long tym but i cant even open its first page link provided is in arabic sorry i dont know arabic plz waitin 4 ur replys

    • Well, a VPN is a Virtual Private Network and in order to access one you should be associated with a company abroad that provides its employees or members such access.
      You can google the net for sources… but most likely they’ll be blocked ! Therefore, one solution would be subscribing once you travel abroad.

      As for Opera,I noticed it often has compatibility problems with websites… plus it still requires a VPN to browse through websites beyond the homepage. So it is not really a good catch after all; i.e. Opera!

      Good luck

    • just downloaded opera mini 5. the first step in installation is already blocked. how can you change the protocol used??? server is blocked. not unless before opera mini is already installed.

  6. Abdulaziz Al Hammadi

    Not only in KSA, we have the same problem in UAE. 🙁

  7. Reported this to Opera to fix the settings panel not showing up before loading start page is done.

  8. Thx AMER19
    the instructions from that link works
    opera is actually faster than safari
    but i think there is a difference in rendering the pages
    try opening apple.com in safari and opera without zooming you will see it looks better in safari and some words cannot be read in opera.
    but overall it’s good

  9. The feature of Opera mini is that all web requests are channeled to their site (much like how a proxy works). Then, the requested data is sent back to you in compressed form. This is very convenient specially for the mobile where we have limited bandwidth.

    However, for countries that filter internet traffic, this suggests the user is bypassing the filtering they do. Thus, I guess this is the reason Opera is blocked.

    It works for VPN connections because the filtering is not able to monitor data coming to/from VPN connections (thank you for that).

  10. i can not enconde arabic and its not apearing proply in mini 5

  11. the ultimate solution

    ok,you need to adjust the servers of the app,for me i am a java nokia user ,there is some one called handler,edited the servers so you can easily adjust them,so if you want it u need to edit the servers of the application,i dont know how when it comes to iphone,but sure u canif u can edit them,u will need to search this string in the database http://opera……… Also version 5.1 supports aabic,at least for symbian

  12. i think opera it’s working now in saudi arabia, but encode arabic font still problem

  13. Salam. Please explain step by step i
    n english. Don’t understand arabic.

  14. i want to use operamini in saudiarabia..i want to see bangla font . But it dosnt work . I try http change but no benifit. Please tell me any easy solution how i use opera mini please help me..


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