UAE Rules & Fines: Overstaying and Other Offenses up to AED 10,000

Public prosecutors in the UAE were given the authority to file legal charges over those overstaying in the country as part of the violations included in the 30 offences, where they have been given powers to issue or cancel criminal orders and impose fines. 

The new decision empowers prosecutors to punish anyone who stays in the country for a period not exceeding 90 days after their visa expires. Violators will face a fine of AED 1,000.  

new order fines

Overstaying among 30 Offences in UAE New Order, Fines of up to AED 10,000 

UAE’s Attorney General, Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi has issued decree No. 119 of 2019 on the penal order. The said order gives members of the public prosecution, who are below the grade of chief prosecutor in their department, the power to cancel or amend the criminal order issued by members of the public prosecution within seven days of its issuance, as shared in a report by the Khaleej Times.

Other offences mentioned in the new order include the issuance of dud cheques, defamation, eating in public during Ramadan, illegal stay in the country, traffic offences, and many others.

The decree maintains that the penal order shall be applied and a fine will be prescribed for each of the crimes listed in the new decision.

As per the announcement, the new decree has listed 30 offences and corresponding fines, including 21 from the Federal Penal Code, four from the Federal Law No. 6 of 1973 on the entry and residence of foreigners and its amendments, and five penalties from the Federal Law No. 21 of 1973 on traffic and its amendments. It also sets out fines ranging from AED 1,000 to AED 10,000 for the various offences.

Fines in New Order

Accordingly, the new decision allows the prosecutors to impose a fine of

  • AED 2,000 – anyone caught eating or drinking in public during the day in the month of Ramadan
  • AED 1,000 – penalty for a person attempting to commit suicide
  • AED 5,000 – defamation of public officials
  • AED 1,000 – fine for overstaying, the new decision authorizes prosecutors to punish anyone who stays in the country for a period not exceeding 90 days after their visa expires with a fine of AED 1,000.
  • AED 2,000 – fine for persons who stay in hotel or rent cars/trucks but unjustifiably refrain from paying.
  • AED 100,000 – fine for person giving a dud checque.
  • AED 5,000 – dine for person giving a person a dud checque of up to AED 100,000
  • AED 10,000 – dine for person giving a person a dud checque of up to AED 200,000

The move by the government reinforces the need for all foreign residents to adhere to visa policies while in the country, and curtails incidences of illegal (digital) transactions, which are becoming more prevalent in the country as of late.

ALSO READ: All About Visa Costs, Overstaying, & Modifying Your Status in UAE

We're on YouTube!
Please subscribe to the Dubai OFW YouTube Channel for updates and tips!

Get FREE Dubai Updates by entering your email address:

Don't forget to check your email to activate your subscription!


Young Man Arrested for Insulting and Threatening Dubai Police

A warning and reminder to everyone that the UAE has strict rules governing social media behavior online. Threatening or insulting the government is a...

Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park is Back for its 6th Season

Dubai has opened its newest attraction back in 2015, the Dubai Garden Glow. This year 2020, it reopens for its 6th season with the...

Dubai Global Village Opens on 25th October 2020

Dubai Global Village is on it's 25th season and opens its doors on October 25, 2020. This famous Dubai attraction will once again entertain...

RTA Recognizes Dubai Driver who Returned Bag Containing AED 250,000

A public bus driver in Dubai was recognized and lauded by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for his honesty after returning a bag of a...

IMG Worlds of Adventure Indoor Theme Park in Dubai

The emirate of Dubai is home to some of the biggest and most spectacular destinations in the world. Not only does it have towering...