Web Alert: UAE gets tough with wide-ranging cyber crime law

be careful what to say, do or meet on the internet

DUBAI 8 April 2017: President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a Federal Law No. (5) for the year 2012 regarding combating IT crimes and included amendments to the provisions of Federal Law No. (2) for the year 2006.


The decree includes many articles that provide legal protection for the privacy of what is published and circulated on the network of information(Internet ), such as card information.

Any person who makes threats suing internet shall be punished, according to a report by Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm.

Punishable by Law

State: Use of information technology means to overthrow or change the regime of the State or to seize it or to disrupt the provisions of the Constitution or the laws in force in the country. Same punishment shall be imposed on anyone who calls, promotes or instigates any of the said acts or facilitates them to others.

Demonstrations: Anyone who uses the information network or an information technology device to plan, organize, promote or advocate demonstrations, marches or the like without the authorization of the competent authority shall be punished by imprisonment.

Illegal Art: Anyone who uses the information network or an information technology device to trade in antiquities or works of art shall be penalized in prison other than those authorized by law.

Broadcast: Any person who has benefited or facilitated the use of telecommunications services or audio or visual broadcasting channels without any right.

Religion: The decree also punishes anyone who uses the Internet or an information technology device to abuse a holy shrine or Islamic ritual or the divine self or to the same messengers and prophets as well as to abuse one of the holy sites or rituals prescribed in other religions, or insult one of the recognized religions or conduct sins, encourage or promote them.

Drugs: Anyone who uses the information network or an information technology means of trafficking or promoting drugs or psychotropic substances and the like, or how to abuse them or facilitate dealing with them other than those authorized by law, shall be punished with imprisonment.

Money Laundering: Anyone who uses the information network or an information technology means to transfer, transfer or deposit illegal funds with a view to concealing or disguising the illicit origin, as well as concealing or disguising the fact, source, movement, rights or ownership of the illicit funds. As well as the acquisition, possession or use of illicit funds, knowing that their source is illegal.

False Info: Any person who has submitted false, inaccurate or misleading information to any of the organizations, institutions, bodies or other entities shall be liable to harm the interests of the State or to harm its reputation, prestige or position by using the information network or an information technology device .

Copyright: Any person who owns or operates a website or an information network that intentionally stores or intentionally makes available any illegal content, knowing or does not initiate or remove any access to such illegal content within the time limit specified in the written notification to The content that is illegal and that is available on the website or the information network.

Confiscation: The Decree also guarantees the authority of the court to confiscate the devices, programs or means used to commit any of these crimes, as well as the closure of the shop or the site in which a complete or definite closure is committed.

The court may order that the sentenced person be placed under supervision or supervision or deprived of the use of the information network or electronic information system or placed in a therapeutic shelter or rehabilitation center for such period as the court deems appropriate.

At the request of the Attorney General of the Court to reduce the sentence or exemption from those who brought the perpetrators to the judicial or administrative authorities with information regarding any crime related to the security of the State in accordance with the provisions of the decree when this led to the detection of the crime and committed or prove them or arrest one of them.

By Staff