DED denies fining anyone for negative Dubai comments

Authorities have not fined anyone making negative comments about Dubai’s economy, the Department of Economic Development (DED) said, dispelling rumours that individuals and companies caught making comments against the Dubai economy have been fined in recent weeks
In a statement on Sunday, DED clarified that authorities have not issued fines, emphasising that no government entity is authorised to do so against anyone expressing such opinion. DED also said anyone expressing an opinion on the economy is not breaking the law.
“In response to enquiries on whether individuals or companies are being penalised for negative comments or opinion on the economic situation, the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has clarified that no such action has been taken, and that no government entity is empowered to act against expressing such opinions nor any violation involved in such comments,” it stated.
Rumours have circulated on social media of undercover policemen fining people who are caught in public saying negative things about Dubai or the state of economy. The fines allegedly range from Dh500 to Dh10,000.
Dubai resident Mahmoud (full name withheld) told Expat Media that his friend was allegedly fined Dh500 by an undercover policeman wearing a kandoura. However, when Expat Media contacted Mahmoud’s friend, he could not produce any evidence of the fine.
Fines are usually issued on a penalty slip or through official SMS and shows the government agency’s name and details of the fine.
A businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Expat Media that he also heard the rumours and has since been cautious of any comment from staff at his gold shop in Dubai. “I think it was just mindless gossip, but I had to be careful just in case,” he said. “I am happy that authorities have issued a public statement about the matter.”
The DED, in a statement, urged the public to source their information from relevant authorities and gave assurance of public trust on the economy.
“The DED confirmed that Dubai, under the leadership of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice- President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, enjoys the trust of local, regional and international businessmen, investors and companies, which is reflected in the emirate’s growth across key indicators such as foreign direct investment, gross domestic product, and the number of commercial licenses issued,” the DED said. ICA/Expat Media

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