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Drugs and the Law in Dubai

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October 10, 2011


Source: Expat Echo - Drugs and the Law

Know your Rights: 5 laws that expats should know.

  1. The consumption of illegal drugs in the UAE is a criminal offence, punishable by possible imprisonment or deportation. Drugs that are legal in your home country may not necessarily be legal in the UAE, this could include drugs that you have been prescribed for medical reasons in your home country. Consult the following list of banned substances before consuming any drugs within the UAE.
     
  2. The import of illegal drugs in to the UAE is a criminal offence. Consult the following list of banned substances before purchasing medication from your home country and bringing it into the UAE. This includes whilst transiting through Dubai airport. If you have obtained a prescription for medication from your home country, it is recommended to carry a translated and attested copy of the prescription with you.
     
  3. Take particular care when returning from holiday if you may have come in to contact with anyone who has taken an illegal drug and may have passed even the smallest quantity on to you. Possession of illegal drugs, even for example a speck on a shoe, may be a criminal offence.
     
  4. Some medications are illegal in the UAE if possessed without a prescription from a Doctor. These include some sleeping pills, antidepressants and pain killers. Check with your Doctor whether a prescription is required before taking these types of medicines.
     
  5. We have come across a number of cases in which expatriate women’s drinks have been spiked with illegal substances against their knowledge. Such action could result in the woman having committed a criminal offence (by having an illegal substance in her system). Never accept a drink from someone you do not know, and be vigilant in busy bars and nightclubs.

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