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10 Unusual Laws That The UAE Strongly Upholds

Dubai is one the most popular Emirates in the UAE and so is its unusual laws.


While there are various well-known laws to consider while in the UAE, these are some of the strangest ways you can get arrested, fined or even deported from the country.

  1. Making and spreading ‘rumours’

    Rumour mongers gather here, this is punishable under UAE law. Gossiping, especially on social media, can result in a three-year jail sentence and a fine. The country has put this in motion intending to crack down on those who “damage the social peace and public order,” and pose a threat to “national peace”.

  2. Taking and sharing photos of road or aviation accidents

    Nigerians are you hearing? You are not permitted to take any pictures of road accidents you see on your journey as you will be fined and leave you at risk of deportation. This extends to aviation accidents – posting images and videos on social media platforms is completely prohibited.

  3. Taking photos of people without their permission

    This is a very serious offence that has affected locals and tourists alike. The UAE is very stern when it comes to preserving the privacy of individuals which is why taking a picture of someone without their knowledge or consent, is taken very seriously. It is now worse if you post it on any of your social media platforms.

  4. Having a dirty car

    With the sandstorms that the UAE is famous for, you would think they would give you a pass for having a dusty car but dirty cars are seen to be defacing the city image and damaging public health.

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  5. Washing your car

    If your car is dirty, wahala. If you do not wash it “correctly”, there can be a problem as well. You cannot do the naja style of washing your cars in your house or employ somebody to wash your cars. It is said that it distorts the city’s beautiful image as well as being environmentally hazardous, as the dirty water pollutes the streets and sewers. You should take your car to petrol stations and the car parks of shopping malls.

  6. Fundraising

    To raise money for charity is a tricky business in the UAE. You must first get it approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), otherwise publicising the fundraiser and appealing for donations with permission breaches the UAE’s Charity Law.

  7. Eating or drinking on public transport

    Eating and drinking are completely banned on all forms of public transport and their stations; from metros and buses to pedestrian crossings. Getting caught eating can get you fined.

  8. Checking someone’s phone

    It is illegal in the UAE to “invade the privacy of another person” using computer networks or social media. This can lead to a minimum of a six-month jail sentence and a fine.

  9. Swearing on WhatsApp

    Swearing in public is completely forbidden in the UAE with the use of the ‘F-word’ being seen as a crime, as it “disgraces the honour or the modesty” of a person according to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code. As a result, swearing is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine.



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