Happy Diwali – Fireworks in the UAE

Fireworks in the UAE

    1. The use of fireworks, in the U.A.E., is strictly regulated.
    2. This is because they are considered explosives.
    3. And, therefore, subject to, among other things, the U.A.E.’s law on Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives, which is Federal Decree Law No. 17 of 2019.
    4. As per this law, a proper license is required to use fireworks or other explosives.
    5. This means, that, legally speaking, only those companies who are properly licensed can conduct fireworks.
    6. Those licenses are, generally, issued by the U.A.E. Ministry of Interior.
    7. Therefore, anyone who uses fireworks or explosives without proper approvals can be subject to fines and jail sentence.

Halloween 2022: Sorcery and Cosplay in the UAE

Halloween 2022: Sorcery and Cosplay in the UAE

  1. Happy Halloween 2022!
  2. Generally, dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game – is NOT illegal.
  3. But depends on the specific costume – which should not be offensive or against public morals.
  4. Furthermore, the timing of dressing up in costumes in public is relevant too.
  5. So, dressing up in costumes during Halloween time is acceptable and, even celebrated, in the UAE.
  6. This is in addition to the U.A.E. Constitution, which also provides that the practice of holding passports is against the country’s laws.
  7. But, outside of a specific occasion, visiting public places dressed up in costumes, may not be deemed culturally appropriate.
  8. Also, pretending to be a witch on Halloween is very much different from exercising witchcraft.
  9. Which is otherwise referred to as sorcery.
  10. This is because, sorcery in the UAE is expressly illegal and punishable by 1) a jail sentence and 2) a fine not less than AED 50,000.
  11. This is as per the UAE Crimes and Punishment Law No. 31 of 2021 and, in particular, Articles 366 and 367.

New Birth Certificate Law in the UAE

New Birth Certificate Law in the UAE

  1. Birth certificates in the UAE have been made easier to obtain!
  2. In short, a marriage certificate is no longer the main requirement to qualify for a birth certificate.
  3. For example, in cases where both parents are present, a notarized confirmation that the child is theirs, replaces the previous requirement of a marriage certificate, all together.
  4. In other words, there is no longer a minimum requirement for the marriage duration, as was the case before.
  5. In those cases, where the father is unknown, a specialized court would issue an order for the issuance of the birth certificate, on the basis of the mother’s undertaking.
  6. This is by virtue of a new Law No. 10 of 2022, Regulating Registrations of Births and Deaths in the UAE.
  7. Which cancels the previous Law No. 18 of 2009.
  8. And comes into effect on October 15, 2022.
  9. Related Podcast: https://lylawyers.com/podcast/new-birth-certificate-law-uae/

Unemployment Insurance in the UAE

Unemployment Insurance

  1. Unemployment insurance has now been officially introduced in the UAE.
  2. This was done by virtue of a brand-new law, issued by the U.A.E. President, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
  3. The objective of the law is to:
    • Ensure income during unemployment;
    • provide social security; and
    • continue to attract and retain world’s best talent to the country.
  4. At a high level, unemployment insurance will be available for both: 1) public and 2) private sector employees.
  5. With a few exclusions, such as: 1) part time employees, 2) owners of businesses and 3) domestic workers.
  6. The maximum insurance compensation is for a period of 3 months.
  7. The law is Federal Decree Law No. 13 of 2022 regarding Insurance for Unemployment.
  8. And it came into effect on September 29, 2022.
  9. Further details will be issued in additional regulations and decisions.

New Domestic Workers Law UAE

New Domestic Workers Law in UAE

            1. Domestic workers’ rights in the UAE have been strengthen even further.
            2. By virtue of a new Domestic Workers Law.
            3. At a high level, the law, expressly,
              • Requires employers to treat workers with respect
              • Prohibits: 1) discrimination, 2) harassment and 3) forced labor,
              • Obligates employers to provide decent living conditions
              • And educate workers about their rights and how to enforce them.
            4. Furthermore, the law requires employers to:
              • Pay salary monthly, within 10 days.
              • And, document a receipt of payment, each time.
            5. Importantly, the law prohibits salary deductions.
            6. And expressly bans agencies or employers to charge workers recruitment or visa costs.
            7. The law also ensures workers the right to:
              • Keep their passports and.
              • A copy of their employment contract
            8. Most importantly, the law clearly gives workers the right to terminate their contract when employers breach any of their obligations.
            9. The new law is Law No. 9 of 2022 Regarding Domestic Workers.
            10. Replacing previous Law No. 10 of 2017.
            11. And comes into effect as of December 15, 2022.
            12. Related Podcast: https://lylawyers.com/podcast/domestic-workers-law/