The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced stringent penalties for the illegal sale and transportation of fireworks in UAE. According to a statement from the Public Prosecutors, offenders caught trading or transporting fireworks without a license will face significant fines and prison sentences.
The penalties, as outlined in Article 54 of the Federal Decree Law 17 for 2019, include imprisonment for no less than one year and a fine of no less than AED100,000 or either for individuals who, without a license, trade in, import, export, manufacture, or transport fireworks within the UAE. The law is part of broader legislation regulating weapons, ammunition, explosives, military materials, and hazardous substances.
Public Prosecution has taken to social media to raise awareness about the new regulations, urging the public to adhere to the relevant laws and avoid using or dealing in fireworks without a license. The campaign aims to protect public safety and prevent legal action against those who fail to comply.
Regulation on fireworks in UAE
The Federal Decree Law defines explosives as chemical compounds or mixtures that react when exposed to factors such as pressure, heat, and speed, potentially causing damage to surrounding areas. Fireworks are included in this definition. Article 3 of the Decree Law prohibits the possession, acquisition, obtainment, carrying, import, export, re-export, transit, trans-shipment, trade, manufacturing, repair, transportation, or disposal of any weapon, ammunition, explosives, military materials, or hazardous substances without a relevant license or permit from the Licensing Authority or concerned entity.
The Public Prosecution’s social media campaign is part of its ongoing efforts to promote legal culture and raise awareness about the latest legislation in the UAE.
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