Know Your Rights: UAE Law Everything You Need To Know (2023)

It’s alarming: out of a population of nearly eight million only a small handful understand the laws in the UAE.Emirates Womandelivers a comprehensive guide to the facts of living safe and above the law in the region.


Drinking in licensed establishments is permitted under UAE law for non-Muslims. However, being an Islamic country drinking in excess or irresponsibly is frowned upon. “Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol,” says Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants Senior Partner Hassan Moshen Elhais. “Non-Muslims have the right to go to Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and apply for permission to drink, but this permission is limited – only quantity for personal use is allowed and it must not be consumed in a public place.”

Application forms for alcohol licences are available in UAE liqour stores. You’ll need a minimum monthly salary of Dhs2,000 and your purchases will be limited depending on the money you earn, so that you cannot buy in bulk. Having a licence means you can consume alcohol in your own home.

It’s vital to remember that, despite the fact that no-one will be hunting down unlicensed drinkers in hotels, restaurants and bars, it is still illegal to drink at those establishments without a licence. Step outside the venue, or get into a taxi that is subsequently involved in an incident that alerts the police, and more often than not the passenger will be checked for alcohol consumption. Expect a short stay in jail and fines of up to Dhs20,000 if you are caught.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious crime. Sometimes drink-driving will land you immediately in jail, followed by deportation if you’re an expat. It can also cost you Dhs20,000 in fines. Any drink-driving offence will leave you with 24 ‘black points’ on your licence, which means an immediate three-month suspension of your UAE driving licence. If drink-driving leads to a fatality your insurance will not cover you: blood money will likely be around Dhs200,000 and paid to the family of the deceased. You will not leave jail until the amount is paid to the bereaved family in full.

A final thing worth noting is that, while alcohol can be bought in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah is a ‘dry’ emirate, meaning that it is illegal to make the trip through it from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai with alcohol.


Cohabitation with a significant other (of the opposite sex), without being married, is a serious crime. “If there is an illegitimate relation between [people who are cohabiting] it is considered a crime of voluntary debasement,” says Samia Al Heraki from Bin Haider Advocates & Legal Consultants. Transgressing the cohabitation laws carries a jail sentence of up to three years, followed by deportation, or an immediate deportation. This rule also applies to hotels, although no hotel will likely ask for proof of marriage before a stay.

Giving birth outside of wedlock is also illegal in the UAE, and it is not unheard-of for women who have just had a child to be prosecuted, followed by deportation. Marriage may be considered, before a child is born, as it is the act of birth itself that is considered a crime.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority bills must be paid solely by the person whose name appears on the bill, says Sunil Thacker of Sunil Thacker Associates. Only one person per household can do this unless a married couple’s joint account is registered.


“In accordance with divorce laws in the UAE, a [Muslim] husband can divorce his wife by simply saying ‘I divorce thee’ and he is then granted a divorce by the state,” explains Nadya Khalife from Human Rights Watch, an organisation dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. “Women cannot do the same, though there are certain circumstances in which women will be granted a divorce, for example if there is violence in the home, if the husband is not paying maintenance or if he abandons the family. Another way women can divorce is called Khula – the right of a wife to seek a release from the bond of marriage – though if a woman uses this method, she loses her dowry [property or money paid to the bride by the husband].”

A Khula divorce can be applied for if a Muslim woman proves that her husband is ‘not committed’ to married life, for example if he is abusive or uses alcohol. However, this must be proven at a local court.

When it comes to divorce proceedings, whether it is better or not to carry them out in the UAE or your home country depends on the case at hand. “If a woman was the main breadwinner of the family, and she was going to be the custodian of the kids, and she had all the assets in her own name, then I would say: ‘Get a divorce in the Dubai courts,’ because she will retain all the assets in her own name, she wouldn’t have to pay any maintenance to her husband, and she would get custody of her young children,” says Expatriate Law’s Alexandra Tribe (divorce and family lawyers).

“But if a woman came to me and said: ‘My husband’s the breadwinner, we have some joint assets in the UK, I don’t really know about his pension.’ Then I would say the UK courts would be better,” she adds. “The UK courts could approve child maintenance and spousal maintenance.” Tribe maintains that it is vital to be aware of your husband’s assets, so you stand the best chance of a reparative divorce settlement.


Child custody is known as Hadana, an Arabic phrase that means holding a child close to one’s heart by protecting and educating. UAE law makes a clear distinction between the roles of the ‘guardian’ and ‘custodian’. The guardian is charged with securing the child’s finances, education and other important affairs. The custodian, on the other hand, is the person who physically takes care of the child from day to day.

Joint custody of children is not possible in the UAE. And in a reflection of local traditional gender roles, generally upon divorce a mother will be given custody while the father becomes his child’s guardian. This is contingent on the mother not re-marrying. In that case, the mother’s sister may take care of the child. If the wife does not have a sister, then custody will be passed to the next female kin on the mother’s side of the family, for example her mother, or a cousin.

Boys will stay in the care of their mother until age seven or eight (depending on court rulings) and girls until age 13. Afterwards custody of a child may be transferred to the father or the father’s family. However, the age may be extended by the court if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the child. A male child will then stay in the care of his father until he becomes a teenager (13 years old), while a girl will stay with the father until she is married, or is earning enough to cover her own living costs.

Because the UAE is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, foreign court orders regarding child custody are not enforceable in the UAE. They may, however, be submitted as part of a UAE child custody case. This is especially important to note in light of the Emirates’ non-recognition of joint custody. If a foreign-based parent has been granted joint custody by his or her local laws, this will not carry in the UAE. Therefore, because of the UAE’s refusal to recognise joint custody, cases of parental child abduction to the UAE are becoming an increasingly common and fraught occurrence.

The benefit of the child is paramount in Emirati custody law, and it’s possible for a father to lodge a complaint that his former wife is unfit to take care of their offspring. Thus ensues a rigorous legal testing process through which the custodian must be cleared as honest, of sound mind, capable of raising a child, free of infectious disease and not having been convicted of a serious crime. Appeals in custody cases may be heard if lodged up to 30 days after the original decision was made.

An important clause in custody laws in the UAE is that a parent have the same religion as his or her child. The religion of the child is determined by the father. Therefore, if the father is Muslim, the child is also Muslim and the mother’s faith must be Islamic in order to be considered for custody. If the mother is not Muslim her custody may be annulled unless a judge decides otherwise.

It’s also vital to note that a divorced mother cannot travel outside the UAE with her child without written approval from the child’s father. A father may even place a stop order on his former spouse travelling with their child: if this is done, the mother will be stopped from foreign travel by airport officials. A mother is able to relocate her and her child(ren) to another town or city in the UAE, as long as the move does not hamper the education of the child(ren), or cause the father to suffer undue hardship.

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Following the death of a husband, there will be a court case to determine custody of the children. This will not take long and will almost certainly award the mother custody. However, it is vital to include in your home-drafted will someone living in the UAE as an interim guardian for your children – temporarily in the UAE as well as long-term. If you do this, the children will be awarded guardianship by the authorities until the case is heard. If not, your children may be taken into institutional care until that time or, in the event of the deaths of both parents, until the next male relative can be located (wherever he is in the world, and this may take some time).

It is the same as with the death of a mother as with that of a father, with one exception: in the UAE children will always need to be looked after at least partially by a woman. “If the father wasn’t able to have a female relative to assist with custody, it may be that the mother’s mother, or father’s mother, will take the responsibility,” says Alexandra Tribe.


No-one arrives in a new country assuming the worst will happen, but being prepared could save you or your family years of hardship. A will is the foundation for any bereavement situation. “Failing to have a will will see your life’s hard work (your estate) divided according to how the state or a solicitor sees fit,” says Acuma Wealth Management’s Rupert Connor.

Firstly, make sure that you have a will drafted in your home country. “For non-Muslim expats the wills are in accordance with their national country, and a will will always be taken into consideration as an alternative to Sharia law,” says Connor. Sharia law will hand over any assets to male members of the deceased’s family. Therefore, if you are a non-Muslim woman it is essential your partner gets a will made in his home country.

When an expatriate dies in the UAE, his or her assets are frozen. This includes joint accounts, so it’s a good idea, if married, to have individual bank accounts with funds totalling enough to survive for the six to nine months it could take, after Sharia courts have cleared all possible debts and payments, to have those accounts unfrozen. However, it’s important to note that having a will speeds up that process considerably.

UAE courts do recognise foreign wills. It is also possible to have a certified UAE lawyer draft a local will too, which can speed up proceedings. This must be carried out by government-approved firms.

Foreign wills have to be attested by the consulate of your home country, then translated and confirmed by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The translation must be carried out by an authorised Arabic translation firm and rubber-stamped by Dubai Courts Notary Public (DCNP), located at Al Qusais and Al Barsha. It’s possible to have this done post-mortem with no hassle, but having a pre-approved translation will speed up proceedings.

When it comes to retrieving assets after the death of a family member or spouse, it’s important to have an assets list, commonly held alongside local wills. In the UAE, all that is necessary is to have a list of assets held in the Emirates. This can be carried out by your lawyers. In the case that a husband and wife have a joint company and the husband passes away, her 50 per cent is intact and the rest will be distributed among the family in accordance with Sharia law, ie being passed down the male members first. A will would not cover this, as a jointly-owned UAE company is considered an immovable asset that is governed by Sharia, like property. This is why the offshore registration route is recommended.


A deceased expat’s visa will be cancelled upon the moment of death. For spousal and family visas the same applies, as their sponsor is no longer alive. Thus there is a 30-day period after death in which to leave the country. When the 30 days are up, that person may re-enter the UAE on a tourist visa subject to the visa agreements with his or her home country. Contact the embassy of your country in the UAE for more information in this regard.

There is a law which states that freehold property owners in the UAE can apply for a six-month renewable residency visa. Thus, if the family is attached to property owned in the UAE, there is a way to stay in the country longer. Also, if both spouses are employed, both should be sponsored by their employer, and therefore not subject to the 30-day rule.

The situation regarding the handling of rentals after the death of the person whose name appears on the lease is difficult. Several companies refused to comment for this article, and there’s confusion about the rights the other tenants have, ie the family of the deceased, retain after death. With this in mind you should consult your landlord and clarify the situation before moving in.

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Fail to draft your will, allowing family to seize your assets, and your case will be deferred to Sharia, by which assets are divided among family members on a rigid and complex basis. Sharia deems that a childless woman is entitled to a quarter of her deceased husband’s assets. If children are involved, that amount reduces to just one-eighth.

With property holdings, legally known as ‘immovable assets’, the law is complex as it’s not subject to foreign wills. “Even if there is a will in place, there’s only an increased chance of your wishes to be taken into account if you specifically state to whom the property is to be left to,” says Connor.

There is a direct contrast between the UAE’s civil code and Sharia when it comes to property held in the country. Some believe that an expatriate’s will should be honoured when it comes to immovable assets; others do not. Ultimately it’s down to the courts to decide. The best way to combat this, says Faizal Latheef of Habib Al Mullah and Co, is to “purchase the property in the name of an offshore company. If the investors are husband and wife, both the spouses can be made equal shareholders in the company.

“The memorandum of association can include a clause stipulating that upon the death of one of the shareholders, the other shareholder becomes the sole owner of the company, who in turn ‘owns’ the property,” adds Latheef. “Their children can also be introduced to the company in due course as a means of passing on the assets through the offshore company. This may technically bypass the provisions of the Sharia law as shares in a company are not considered to be real property, and resultantly, the said laws may not apply.”


According to Human Right Watch, the UAE Federal Supreme Court has upheld a husband’s right to beat his wife and children or use forms of punishment or coercion to discipline them. “There was a case a while ago that ruled that a husband has the right to discipline his wife so long as he doesn’t leave any marks,” said Nadya Khalife.

Although women are misled into thinking the law will not protect them against violence, Legal Consultants Senior Partner, Hassan Moshen Elhais, says the law is clear that it’s unacceptable. “No slapping, no beating, no boxing. These are all crimes. If there is any mark for any length of time – even a few minutes – the woman has the right to get a divorce, custody of her children, expenses, compensation, everything. This is something every woman should know.”

The problem with domestic violence is proving it. Elhais advises: “Any time a husband hits the wife she should go directly to a government organisation and file a report. Go to hospital and get the medical records that can be used as evidence. Make sure that somebody, a friend or colleague, knows. The wife should keep in mind that Sharia law protects the wife more than the husband and protects the children even more than this.” Sunil Thacker, of Sunil Thacker Associates, warns that authorities “generally view a husband-wife relationship as a personal contract and will not intervene unless the person proves that husband has, and continues to, cause harm.”


Rape laws in the UAE can carry the death penalty for offenders. However, sex outside marriage is also a serious crime, and there have been many cases where women who report sexual crimes have been arrested themselves. “Often women are reluctant to report sexual assault, fearing they’ll be charged with adultery, as consensual sex out of marriage is not legal,” says Human Rights Watch’s Khalife.

Marta Dalelv is a 24-year-old Norwegian woman who reported being raped in March this year. Her attacker was convicted and sentenced to 13 months in jail for extra-marital sex and alcohol consumption. But Dalelv was herself imprisoned for 16 months for three charges including sex outside marriage. The high-profile case, and the outcry that followed, forced UAE authorities to pardon Dalelv. But her story is far from unique in the country.

Even if the attack occurs after consuming alcohol, Elhais urges women to report it as soon as it happens, and accept the charge of alcohol consumption. Waiting to report the crime will adversely affect its credibility.

It’s arguably more difficult to ascertain non-consensual sex in a UAE court, although several lawyers contacted claimed it’s dealt with on a case-to-case basis. “If a woman reports she was raped, and has had relations with the man before, and if there are phone calls, messages and correspondence between them that prove they have agreed on adultery, this will work against her in court,” says lawyer Elhais.

If an attacker is unknown to the victim this problem is negated. But previous issues mentioned here will still arise.

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What is the basic law in UAE? ›

Main Sources of Law

Sharia is a primary source of legislation of the UAE and its member emirates (Article 7, UAE Constitution). The UAE Civil Code and Federal Law No. (18) of 1993 Concerning Commercial Transactions (Commercial Transactions Law) are the primary laws governing UAE contracts.

Is UAE Sharia law? ›

According to the constitution, sharia is the principal source of legislation, although the judicial system applies both sharia and civil law, depending on the case. The law prohibits blasphemy and proselytizing by non-Muslims.

What is Article 45 of the UAE Labour law? ›

Article 45 of the UAE's Labour Law - Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 – states four specific cases where the worker has the right to resign without notice. In any other situation, resigning without notice would make you legally liable to pay a financial compensation to your employer.

What is Article 120 UAE Labour law? ›

Article 120 -

The employer may dismiss the worker without prior notice in any of the following cases : a - Should the worker assume false identity or nationality , or submits false certificates or documents .

What is the new law in UAE now? ›

The new UAE Labour Law, which came into force in February 2022, requires all employees of companies in the private sector (outside of the DIFC and ADGM) to be employed on fixed-term employment contracts. The deadline for transitioning employees onto the requisite fixed-term employment contracts is February 1, 2023.

What is law No 11 UAE? ›

11 of 1992 on the Civil Procedures Law, as amended. The above law and its Executive Regulations regulate the method, procedures and jurisdiction for litigations in civil, commercial and personal status lawsuits. The law establishes the method of appealing and executing the judgements. The Federal Law No.

Is Christianity allowed in Dubai? ›

Is Christianity legal in UAE? Christians and other religions are allowed to have their places of worship in Dubai. However, they cannot convert a muslim into their religion, however, they can convert to Islam if they want.

What is not allowed to do in Dubai? ›

Swearing and making rude gestures (including online) are considered obscene acts and offenders can be jailed or deported. Take particular care when dealing with the police and other officials. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and there have been several arrests for kissing in public.

Is there a death penalty in Dubai? ›

The death penalty can be applied in the United Arab Emirates as a capital punishment for crimes endangering the society's safety. It is rarely carried out, however, as a panel of three judges must agree on the decision of a sentence to death and the death penalty may not be executed until it is confirmed by the U.A.E.

What is Article 7 of the UAE law? ›

The Article 7 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 has deemed that those rules and regulations that don't comply with the UAE Labour Law or were set before the enforcement of this law unless otherwise specified, is null and void.

What is Article 7 in the UAE? ›

Where a Person is not a resident of the State and is required to register in accordance with the provisions of the Decree-Law, the Authority shall register him with effect from the date on which he started making supplies in the State, whether or not he so notifies them of the liability to register for Tax, or from ...

What is UAE Labour Law 33? ›

(33) of 2021 regarding the regulation of labor relations, the "UAE Labor Law," which entered into force as of February 2, 2022, the employment contract is concluded for a specified period, not exceeding (3) three years, the employer and the employee may, by agreement, extend or renew this contract for another similar ...

What is Article 59 UAE labor law? ›


Shall be sentenced to a fine of no less than Dh20,000 and no more than Dh100,000, whoever: 1. Provides false information or document with the intent to bring a foreigner to the UAE for employment.

What is Article 47 of UAE labor law? ›

Article 47 says that if the employer terminates the employee for: filing a complaint to MoHRE or filing a lawsuit against the employer, whose validity is proven, then such termination is illegal.

What is Article 51 UAE Labour law? ›

According to Article 51 of the UAE Labour Law, the end-of-service benefits for foreign employees in the private sector are: The worker is entitled to a gratuity for the served fraction of a year, provided that he completes one year of continuous service.

What is new rule in UAE 2023? ›

The new law eliminates the idea of unlimited-term contracts and allows only fixed-term contracts (with a maximum duration of three years) to be issued. Businesses must change all current employees, who are on unlimited duration contracts, to fixed term contracts by the 2nd of February 2023.

What is UAE law No 5? ›

1. Heritage shall be governed by the law of the testator upon the death thereof. 2. The state shall be entitled to the financial rights present on its territory and belonging to the foreigner having no heirs.

What is Article 44 in UAE Labour law? ›

Article 44 of the UAE Labour Law mentions that an employer may terminate the services of the employee without notice, if the latter: adopts a false identity or submits forged documents or certificates.

What is UAE law No 29? ›

Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Special Needs protects the rights of people of determination and guarantees them the right to live with dignity.

What is law 117 in UAE? ›

UAE Labour Law stipulates a minimum notice period of 30 days (Article 117). The parties can agree on a longer notice period but can never reduce it to less than 30 days. Therefore, if both parties agreed to serve a notice of two months, they will have to, unless it is waived by the other party.

What is law No 8 in Dubai? ›

(8) of 2022 Regulating the Public Debt of the Government of Dubai". The following words and expressions, wherever mentioned in this Law, will have the meaning indicated opposite each of them unless the context implies otherwise: Emirate: The Emirate of Dubai.

Can I bring Bible in Dubai? ›

The importation and sale of religious material is allowed; however, attempts to spread Christianity among Muslims are not permitted.

Can you wear a cross in Dubai? ›

Yes, you can wear a cross necklace in Dubai. People from all walks of life go to Dubai because of its international atmosphere. Due to the many different cultures and religions represented there, it is typical to see people dressed in ways that show their ethnic or religious identity.

Is Dubai safe for Americans? ›

Dubai is, in fact, one of the safest Middle Eastern cities for tourists. Its stricter laws mean that crime is kept to a minimum, and many tourists feel much safer in Dubai than they do in other parts of the globe. The crime rate in Dubai is much lower than comparable countries in other regions in the world.

Is ibuprofen allowed in Dubai? ›

Over-the-counter drugs, such as Ibuprofen and Panadol, are readily available in the UAE and you can bring these to and from the emirates without issue.

Can men wear shorts in Dubai? ›

When visiting Dubai as a tourist, you will be glad to know that the dress code in tourist places and hotels isn't very strict. Men can wear shorts, pants, shirts, or T-shirts.

What is considered rude in UAE? ›

Do not swear in public or use offensive gestures. Giving someone the finger or even just sticking out your tongue might be considered rude at home but can get you jailed in Dubai. This is particularly worth remembering when driving, since even a frustrated flap of the hands could potentially land you in trouble.

What is the punishment for accidentally killing someone in UAE? ›

Unintentional Killing

Article 387 of the UAE Penal Code states that any person who inflicts bodily harm to another person in any way, where killing the victim is not intended but the assault results in the death of the victim, such person will be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding ten years.

What is jail like in UAE? ›

The prisons are very overcrowded with a large number of detainees having to sleep on the floor. According to the most recent figures* from ICPS, UAE prisons' official capacity was 7,045, however, occupancy level was actually 158%, with an actual prison population of 11,193.

What happens if a tourist dies in Dubai? ›

The police will fill out an initial death report and move the deceased to the government morgue. In case of death in a hospital, the authorities will fill out the initial death report and move the deceased to the government morgue. The authorities at the morgue will issue a death certificate declaration.

What is Article 12 of UAE law? ›

Article 12

Employers may recruit any unemployed National and shall, in such a case, notify the Labour Department in writing within 15 days from recruitment date.

What is Article 62 UAE law? ›

Article 62 of the Amended Decree Law now introduces a time limit of 14 days for the issuance of a valid tax credit note. Previously, there was no such time limit for the issuance of a tax credit note.

What is Article 55 of UAE law? ›

The Taxable Person shall calculate the percentage of Recoverable Tax calculated by reference to Article (54) of the Decree-Law to the sum of Recoverable Tax and non-Recoverable Tax for the Tax Period. b. The percentage calculated under paragraph (a) of this Clause shall be rounded to the nearest whole number.

What is article 4 of UAE law? ›

Article 4 of the UAE Labour Law, on equality and non-discrimination prohibits forced labour and discrimination on the basis of gender, race, colour, sex, religion, national or social origin or disability.

What is article 21 UAE law? ›

Read about the provisions for official leaves and vacations. As per Article 21 of the UAE labour Law, employees of the private sector are entitled to at least, one day of paid rest per week as specified in the employment contract or work regulations of the company.

What is article 39 of UAE law? ›

As per Article 39 of the Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 on the Regulation of Labour Relations in the Private Sector, the 'UAE Labour Law', the disciplinary penalties that may be applied by an employer or his/her representative on workers include: a written notice. a written warning.

What is Article 9 of the UAE labor law? ›

According to Article 9 of the revised labour laws, probation period constitutes these criteria, which are given below: Maximum probation period is six months after the start of the job. Employee shall be informed 14 days before the termination date by the employer.

What is Article 40 in UAE labor law? ›

Article 40 of the New Labour Law deals with temporary suspension from work. Under the previous Federal Law No 8 of 1980, temporary suspension was covered under Article 112.

What is Article 81 of UAE labor law? ›

Article 81 of UAE Labour Law states: “Should the work circumstances require the worker work during holidays or leaves for which a complete or partial payment is paid thereto, the worker shall be granted a substitute leave as well as an increase in the wage amounting to 50 per cent thereof.

What is Article 80 of the UAE Labor Law? ›

As per Article 80 of the UAE Labour law, remuneration due to an employee plus that of the approved leave under this Law shall be paid in full by the employer to the employee before the latter's departure on annual leave.

What is Article 77 of UAE Labour law? ›

Public holidays that occur during an annual leave should be treated as part of the said leave. As Article 77 states: “The holidays set by law or by agreement, or any other leaves caused by illness should it occur during such holiday shall be included in the annual leave and deemed a part thereof.”

What is Article 79 of UAE Labour law? ›

Art. 79 UAE Labor Law: The worker shall be entitled to receive any sums for accrued annual leave days should he be dismissed or should he leave work after the duly determined notice period. Such payment shall be calculated on the basis of the wages paid to the worker at the time of such leave.

What is UAE Labor Law 127? ›

Article 127 of the Labor Law stipulates that 'if the work assigned to the employee is such that it exposes him to come in contact with the clients of the employer, or obtain access to the trade secrets of the employer's business, the employer may incorporate a clause in the employment contract, refraining the employer ...

What is Article 13 of UAE Labour Law? ›

Article 13 of the new UAE Labour Law states: 'The employer shall provide rules regarding the organisation of work, such as the regulation of work instructions, penalties, promotions, rewards and other by-laws and regulations, according to the rules specified by the Implementing Regulation hereof.

What is Article 71 of UAE Labour Law? ›

Article 71 -

The worker may not be requested to work for more than two consecutive Fridays with the exception of the day workers .

What is Article 43 of UAE labour law? ›

Article 43 provides that either party in the employment contract can terminate the contract for any 'legitimate reason', provided that: A written notification is given to the other party and. The terminating party serves a notice of 1 month (30 days) to 3 months (90 days).

What is Article 8 of UAE labour law? ›

It shall not be permissible to employ non-nationals in the United Arab Emirates without the prior consent of the Department of Labor and the obtainment of a work permit in pursuance of the procedures and rules stipulated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

What is Article 116 UAE Labor Law? ›

Article (116) of the Labour Law: Should the Contract be terminated by the Worker for causes not set forth in Article 121, the Worker shall be bound to compensate the Employer for the loss incurred thereto by reason of the termination of the Contract , provided that the amount of compensation does not exceed the wage of ...

What are the common laws in Dubai? ›

Important Rules:
  • Wear appropriate clothes: ...
  • Restrictions in the month of Ramadan: ...
  • Prohibition of loud music: ...
  • Reserve your tickets for Burj Khalifa: ...
  • Never Swear: ...
  • Avoid summers of Dubai: ...
  • No casino in Dubai: ...
  • Shopping is expensive:
Jan 4, 2023

What are the main rules in Dubai? ›

Important things to know before you visit Dubai
  • Check your prescriptions. ...
  • Avoid PDA. ...
  • Unmarried couples cohabiting is illegal in Dubai. ...
  • Dress conservatively in public spaces. ...
  • Avoid swearing in public . ...
  • No being drunk in public spaces. ...
  • Don't take photos of people without permission. ...
  • Abide by the rules of Ramadan.

What is the law for basic salary in UAE? ›

There is no minimum salary stipulated in the UAE Labour Law, however it broadly mentions that salaries must cover basic needs of the employees.

Does Dubai have death penalty? ›

The death penalty can be applied in the United Arab Emirates as a capital punishment for crimes endangering the society's safety. It is rarely carried out, however, as a panel of three judges must agree on the decision of a sentence to death and the death penalty may not be executed until it is confirmed by the U.A.E.

What is not allowed in UAE? ›

You can read more about living in the UAE here.
  • Importing goods. Importing pork products and pornography into the UAE is illegal. ...
  • Drugs. There is zero tolerance for drugs-related offences. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Dress code. ...
  • Hotels. ...
  • Offensive behaviour. ...
  • Sexual relationships outside marriage. ...
  • Same-sex relationships.

What are the crazy laws in UAE? ›

Swearing in public is completely prohibited in the UAE, with the use of the F-word being a crime, as it “disgraces the honour or the modesty” of a person, according to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code. Swearing is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine as high as 10,000 dirhams (£2,157).

Can I have a girlfriend in Dubai? ›

Generally speaking, the population is quite modest. Although it is allowed to live as a couple in Dubai, it is preferable to be undemonstrative outdoors. Although it is not illegal to hold hands or kiss in public, it is far from common and may shock Dubai residents.

Can you smoke in Dubai? ›

The UAE's law prohibits sale of tobacco and tobacco products to children. Smoking in public transportation, private vehicles and indoor places in the presence of a child is also prohibited.

How much is lowest salary in Dubai? ›

The minimum wage in Dubai
Employee CategoriesMinimum Base Salaries (per month)
University Graduates12,000 AED
Skilled Technicians7,000 AED
Skilled Labourers5,000 AED
May 23, 2023

What is the lowest salary in UAE? ›

Dubai and UAE minimum salary and wages 2023

As of now, the UAE does not have a national minimum salary or wage since the country's labor law does not specify any minimum salary requirements. However, it is mandated that employees' salaries and wages should cover their basic needs.

How much does it cost to rent in Dubai? ›

What is the cost of renting a place to live in Dubai?
Renting in DubaiAverage monthly cost
A bed in a shared roomAED 1300 (355 USD)
A studioAED 4500 (1125 USD)
1 bedroom apartment (city center)AED 10,000 (2722 USD)
1 bedroom apartment (elite expat communities)AED 7500 (2040 USD)
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Is Christianity allowed in UAE? ›

Christians are free to worship and wear religious clothing, if applicable. The country has Catholic, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox along with Protestant churches. Although Christian women can marry Muslim men freely, marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim men is forbidden.

What is the punishment for adultery in UAE? ›

The punishment for Adultery in UAE is at least one year of imprisonment and up to three years along with deportation.


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