Miscellaneous Law FAQs



Yes. The United Arab Emirates is very strict when it comes to the safety of children in the vehicle.

According to the Holistic Seat Belt Law, children who are still under the age of 10 are not allowed to sit in front of the car. Not only that, because it also requires families who have children below four year old to have a child seat inside their cars.

Those parents who were caught violating any of the rules will be fined AED 400. They will also be given four black points.


Under the Real Estate Law No. 7 of 2006, or more commonly known as the Property Law, foreigners are not allowed to obtain a property in the UAE. They are only allowed to own a property if it’s a contractual arrangement between the developer and the buyer.

Well, that was before. Now, people from outside the UAE can already lease and purchase property in the UAE, specifically in Dubai. But they can only do this in freehold areas or locations. This has been mandated by the Dubai Government under the Order No. 3 of 2006.


The law previously stated that anyone who had a visit visa can drive a hire car. However due to some changes, it is now legal for anyone to drive in Dubai.

The Roads and Transport Authority or more commonly known as the RTA has approved the idea of tourist or visitors driving a Dubai-registered vehicle in the UAE, but they can only do that if they have an international driving license.


The law previously stated that anyone who had a visit visa can drive a hire car. However due to some changes, it is now legal for anyone to drive in Dubai.

The Roads and Transport Authority or more commonly known as the RTA has approved the idea of tourist or visitors driving a Dubai-registered vehicle in the UAE, but they can only do that if they have an international driving license.


The United Arab Emirates strictly follows road and traffic signals, which is why if you fail to follow basic directions on the street, you will be fined.

According to the Ministerial Resolution No. 178 of 2017 regarding the traffic rules, motorists who were not able to follow signs and ignore traffic lights will need to pay a fine of AED 1,000. Violators will also incur penalty of 12 points and their cars might be confiscated for one month.

When I was on my way home, I saw a beautiful painting lying on the streets. It seems like the painting has been abandoned that is why I just took it. Is it okay to just take it?


“Finders keepers” is not a legal tagline in the United Arab Emirates. There is actually a law about lost or abandoned properties in the country.

As per the Law No. 5 of 2015 on Lost and Abandoned Property in the Emirate of Dubai, if you find a lost or abandoned property, it is best to report it straight to the nearest police station. Those who have kept the lost or abandoned items to themselves and were found guilty will face a criminal act and will be punished.


Committing theft is a serious crime in the UAE and anyone who is found guilty of being involved in or committing such act will be punished according to law.

If you are caught stealing, you can be imprisoned from six months up to three years. You will also need to pay a specific amount for the fine. Attempted theft on the other hand, will punish violators from three months up to 18 months. You also need to pay a fine for the crime.

All of that is under the Article 389 of the Criminal Law.


In the UAE, it is compulsory for a child to go to school or have access to education. It is mentioned clearly in the Federal Law No. 11 of 1972 on Compulsory Education. The law obligates the parents to send their child or children to school.

When it comes to home schooling your child, there is actually no specific law about it. However, if you really want to home school your child, you must follow an accredited program from the Ministry of Education.

The strategy or program must have the following values:

  • Science, technology, and innovation
  • Participation and accountability
  • Equality and justice
  • Commitment and transparency
  • The principles and values of Islam
  • Citizenship and responsibility

If you were able to achieve this strategy, then you are allowed to home school your child.

When my husband was still alive, he and his best friend bought properties together in the UAE. They are basically joint owners.

Months after my husband’s death; his best friend has informed me that he will be taking full control of all their properties together. My friends are telling me that he can’t just take full control over their joint properties. Are they right?


Your husband’s friend cannot just simply do that.

UAE does not practice the term, “right of survivorship.” For the Commonwealth jurisdictions, the passing of property shares to the surviving joint owner because of the death of the other owner is not allowed.

Your husband’s property shares will be passed on to his heirs. This action will go smoothly if there is a will.  If there is no will, the local courts will be the ones to decide who will get the property shares.


The United Arab Emirates does not tolerate the act of drunk driving. One of the reasons why authorities are taking a stand against this crime is because 14.33% of car crashes in the UAE, most specifically in Dubai, are caused by those people who were intoxicated.

In order to prevent such a high number of accidents, the UAE authorities mandated the Article No. 49.6 of the Traffic Law. It states there that anyone who violates the law will be subject to criminal sanctions. Not only that as they may also face imprisonment and a fine of AED 25, 000.


Yes, however, it only depends on the committed crime.

Capital punishment, more commonly referred to as ‘the death penalty’ is a legal action in the United Arab Emirates. Those who were found guilty on multiple crime cases are the ones being sentenced to death. They may be executed in different ways from facing the firing squad, and being hanged to stoning.

The UAE nationals are not the only ones who may face such punishment, because even people from outside the country who are living or working here in the UAE can be subject to death penalty. Crimes like arson causing death, espionage, treason, terrorism, and murder, which is under the Article 1 of the Penal Code is punishable by death, are just some of the crimes that could sentenced someone to death.


It doesn’t matter if it’s for medical use or just for fun; using marijuana or any other drug is illegal in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates does not promote the usage of drugs. Even the selling or importation of drugs is forbidden. Anyone who is caught using or selling drugs can be sent to prison or face an even harsher punishment.

Federal Law No. 14 of 1995 prohibits the creation, importation, exportation, buying, and selling or psychotropic and narcotic drug substances in the UAE. It is also said that the UAE police has exclusive departments that deal with various drugs’ issues.


You will pay a fine as high as AED 10,000 if you’re found guilty of swearing in the streets or in public in the UAE.

The UAE is big when it comes to manners and good attitude towards one another, so it’s not shocking to know that bad actions such as swearing, saying vulgar words, and making rude gestures are really offensive and illegal in the country. It is said that swearing disgraces the honor and modesty of a person.

According to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code, the punishment for swearing or saying bad words is one year imprisonment. You will also need to pay a fine of AED 10,000.



Dancing in public is not allowed in Dubai. You can dance in the comfort of your home, or at official and licensed clubs, but not in public or in the streets of Dubai. According to the Dubai Code of Conduct, dancing in public is an indecent and provocative action, which is why they don’t tolerate it.

Failure to follow such rule will have a heavy price to pay like being arrested.


Cross-dressing is not acceptable in the United Arab Emirates, especially in Dubai. If someone is involved in this action, he or she will find himself/herself arrested and even jailed. The UAE authorities and the society still see cross-dressing as unacceptable. They believe it is disrespectful to other people.

In the UAE Article 358 of the Penal Code prohibits indecent attire, which people believe is an act of public indecency. This is a law that Dubai continues to follow and act on.


Just like in other countries, rape or sexual assault is a heavy and serious crime; it is not tolerated in the UAE.

As per the Article 354 of the UAE Federal Penal Code, “Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death.” This law follows the Sharia Law. And unless contrary to the federal law, the said rule does not replace the legal system of each emirate.

Despite this, women who file a case to the police must give solid proof or evidence otherwise they will face the danger of being charged with illicit sex. Rape victims need to make sure that the sex was non-consensual.

This ruling is criticized heavily by other countries.


You will not only pay a fine of AED 1,000, you are also going to get six points for throwing litter out of your car in the UAE.

According to the Article 71 of the Traffic Law, littering from any vehicle on the road while driving is a serious traffic offence. Smart traffic systems are placed on the streets or roads of the UAE, so violators will be dealt with effectively.

As many as 2,939 fines have been issued for littering in public places, and authorities say it will continue to grow as they still see a lot of people committing such unlawful act.


Yes it is a crime and it carries a heavy punishment in the UAE.

In the Article 216 (2) of the UAE Federal Penal Code, “The forgery of a written instrument is to alter its reality in one of the manners described herein below, so as to cause prejudice, with the intention of substituting the false for the genuine instrument.” Under (2), “To falsely sign or place a forged seal, or to alter a genuine signature, seal, or imprint.”

Anyone who commits this violation will be imprisoned, and could exceed the jail time for up to 15 years.


There is no problem if you want to drink a glass or two of alcoholic beverage in the UAE. Firstly you need to be of legal age to do so and the legal age for drinking alcohol depends on what emirate state you're in.

If you're in Abu Dhabi, 18 is the legal age to drink. However, the Ministry of Tourism by law mandates that hotels should not serve alcoholic drinks to people who are under the age of 21. When you're in Dubai, you can only drink when you've already reached the age of 21. In Sharjah there is a complete ban on alcohol.


Yes, they can.

They can drink and enjoy alcoholic beverages in the UAE, as long as they'll consume those drinks in licensed places like clubs, restaurants, and hotels. They are also able to purchase alcohol if they are registered and have a drinking license, otherwise it is not permissible.

If they are caught drinking without a license, they will be imprisoned for six months and pay a fine of AED 5,000. This punishment is mentioned under the UAE Alcohol Law of 1972.