When moving to a new country, it is always good to know the basic laws and regulations of that country beforehand. So that once we move there, we can avoid any miss happenings and always stay on the right side of the law, isn’t it?
1. Traffic laws- You cannot drive in UAE without a valid License. If you are a tourist, you will need an international driving license, and if you are a resident, you will need a UAE driving license. Also, you need to follow the speed guidelines and other traffic rules diligently. Failure to do so can cause serious trouble which includes fines and earning certain black points. If a resident receives more than 12 black points in a year, his license may be cancelled.
2. Alcohol consumption- Except Sharjah, UAE allows tourists and residents to have alcohol in licensed establishments. To consume alcohol at home or non-licensed establishments, you will need an alcohol license which can be acquired if you are a non-Muslim, above 21 years of age and have a monthly salary of minimum Dhs3000. Lastly but most importantly, driving under the influence of alcohol is a grave criminal offence. So, avoid it under all circumstances.
3. Drugs- Consuming or supplying drugs is a serious criminal offence with no tolerance whatsoever in the UAE. Charges include arrest, imprisonment and deportation.
4. Public display of affection- According to UAE federal law, public display of affection is against the local culture. Holding hands is ok but other than that is a serious offence. Failure to abide by this rule is liable to imprisonment.
5. Cheques- Bounced cheques are a criminal offence in UAE. In case of a cheque bounce, penalty includes jail time of 1 month to 3 years. Now, for rental purposes, you may need to use post-dated cheques in UAE. And many a time, you may forget about maintaining optimal funds in your account and there could chances of a bounced cheque. However, to avoid such a situation, Emirates NBD has a great solution- The flexi-cash facility. This facility ensures that you always have cash available for urgent needs. You can draw against your salary or fixed deposit for much needed instant cash support. So, in case your cheque is due for payment and you do not have enough funds in your account, you can avail this facility and avoid a bounced cheque.
6. Swearing/indecent gestures- It is serious offence to swear or make any indecent gestures in UAE while driving or otherwise. The penalty can be imprisonment of up to 6 months and even deportation depending upon the case.
7. Disrespecting any religion- It is deeply condoned to disrespect any religion in the UAE. Islam being the religion of this country, it is important to bear in mind that you do not show any disrespect towards Emirati culture, Islam and this country’s rulers.
These were some of the important laws and regulations in UAE. Do keep them in check in order to avoid finding yourself in any sticky situation.