According to UAE law, it is prohibited to use derogatory language or any form of verbal abuse or aggression such as defamation, Libelling, insulting, slandering, verbal threatening, harassing, and bullying, as you may be subject to UAE panel code.
Whereas the UAE legislator considers such behaviour dangerous for individuals who need to be protected against it as verbal abuse may result in mental and emotional distress for the victim, leaves individuals feeling poorly about themselves, and can lead to the development of numerous adverse health issues and disorders such as suicidal thoughts, depression, poor physical health, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, personality disorders, and even aggression.
For example, the ‘F’ word that you may use easily in your home country may get you in legal trouble in the UAE.
VERBAL ABUSE IN UAE NEW PENAL CODE:
The new UAE Penal Code Articles 425 and 430 set out the offense of verbal abuse; these articles state:
Article 425: ((Any person defaming or libelling another person in any way publicly, by attributing a fact to him which may render him subject to punishment or contempt, shall be liable to a jail sentence for a period not exceeding two (2) years or a fine not exceeding AED 20,000…)
Article 426: ((Any person insulting another person in any way publicly which may harm someone else’s reputation, honour, or dignity without any imputation of a particular fact against him, shall be liable to a jail sentence for a period not exceeding one (1) year or a fine not exceeding AED20,000, The penalty shall be a jail sentence for a period not exceeding two (2) years and a fine not less than AED twenty thousand (20,000) and not exceeding AED fifty thousand (50,000) or either one of these two penalties, if the insult is committed against a public official or a person assigned to public service during, because of, or in the course of the public office or service, or if the act is against the honour or injures the reputation of families, or if achieving an unlawful purpose is intended.))
If the defamation, Libelling, and insulting are committed by way of publishing in any newspaper or publication, such matter shall be considered an aggravating circumstance))
VERBAL ABUSE IN UAE NEW CYBERCRIME LAW:
Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021, tackling cybercrime, rumours, and fake news, states the following:
Article 44: ((Everyone who uses an electronic information system or information technology method to make any alteration or processing of a recording, image, or footage for ‘defamation’ or abuse of another person shall be sentenced to detention for not less than one year and/or to pay fine of not less than AED250,000 and not more than AED500,000))
Therefore, in general, verbal abuse is prohibited in the UAE, either face to face, through phone calls, or on social media; no one can insult you even on social media without jeopardizing himself being punished according to the law in force.”
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