New UAE 30 offenses, fines of up to Dh10,000


UAE’s Attorney General, Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi issued a decree No. 119 of 2019 in penal order. The decree consists five articles with specified criminal orders and penalties. It stipulates a penal order that shall be applied and prescribed for the crimes.

30 new offenses and corresponding fines are now imposed, on top of 21 from the Federal Penal Code. Four are listed form Federal Law No. 6 of 1973 on the entry and residence of foreigners and its amendments, five from the Federal Law No. 21 of 1973 on traffic and its amendments. Fines ranges from Dh 1000 to Dh 10,000 for different offences.

Federal Penal Code offenses include the following:

  • Anyone who intentionally wrongs or violates others thorough means of telecommunications: Fine is Dh 3000
  • Anyone who wrongly burns a property: Fine is Dh 3000
  • Anyone who eats and drinks in public day in the month of Ramadan: Fine is Dh 2000
  • Anyone who attempts to commit suicide: Fine is Dh 1000
  • Anyone who defames public officials: Fine is Dh 5000
  • Anyone who stays in the country for a period not exceeding 90 days after their visa expires: Fine is Dh 1000
  • Anyone who stays in a hotel or rents a car or a lorry, but do not pay without valid reason: Fine is Dh 2000
  • Anyone who gives out a dud cheque with a value of up to Dh100,000 and Dh 200,000 respectively: Fine is Dh 5000 and Dh 10000