Eid Al Fitr in UAE: Jail time, Dh100,000 fine for buying, selling fireworks

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With UAE residents expected to celebrate Eid Al Fitr this week, the UAE Public Prosecution has warned of strict penalties for buying or selling fireworks in the UAE.

In a video, the Public Prosecution’s Criminal Information Centre pointed out the federal decree law making it illegal to trade, import or buy fireworks in the UAE without a licence. The law also makes it illegal to export, manufacture or smuggle fireworks to and from the UAE.

According to the UAE Public Prosecution, the penalty for violators is a minimum of one year in jail and a minimum fine of Dh100,000.

“Possession, acquisition, obtainment, carrying, import, export, re-export, transit, trans-shipment, trade, manufacture, repair, transportation, or disposal of any weapon, ammunition, explosives, military material, or hazardous substances, shall not be permitted in any way, except after obtaining a licence or permit to this effect from the licensing authority or from the concerned entity,” according to the UAE law. ICA/Expat Media

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