November 16, 2020
A reader who has just moved to the UAE wants to live with his girlfriend but was not sure whether that was legal. The man wrote in to Gulf News to find out what the law says, which I explain has recently changed meaning the couple are able to do so without fear of legal repercussion. A Presidential Decree issued in November 2020 changed a number of matters, including that men and women who are not from the same family are able to live together. Previously a one year prison sentence followed by deportation was the punishment facing couples who were found to be in violation.
June 06, 2020
A prison term of up to five years and fine of up to Dh100,000 is the penalty in cases where those entrusted with caring for people with special needs transmit COVID-19 to their clients -intentionally or unintentionally. In a recent article in the Khaleej Times, I explained the country's communicable disease laws, which entered into force six years ago, that aim to protect people with special needs and outline these penalties that apply if such a person becomes infected due to intention or negligence by a carer. Penalties can be doubled on repeat offence, while any death that results would amount to a new offence of causing wrongful death.
January 08, 2020
I am quoted in an article carried by The National newspaper that details an amendment to the penal code that will prevent the deportation of non-Emirati citizens who are directly related to a citizen. I explain that, previously, many families have been broken up by the law that deports non-citizens who commit crimes, even in cases where the crime was minor and the guilty party had been living in the UAE for more than a decade. However, I explain the exception on grounds where the crime threatens national security is necessary to ensure the safety of UAE society.
November 18, 2017
In my publication this week, I explained applicability of new Criminal Order Law, regarding cheque cases, where the punishment is only a fine if the value of cheque is less than AED 200,000. I also discussed about the applicability of local laws on real estate(s) located in the UAE.