UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bans use of fake degrees


DUBAI – UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal law banning the use of fake university degrees and certificates, with tough penalties for violators.

Federal Law 9 for 2021 aims to crack down on the use of fake degrees and certificates to get jobs in the UAE.

Violators face a fine of up to Dh30,000 and jail time of up to three months for submitting a fake certificate or an academic certificate issued by an unlicensed body to obtain work.

“The penalty shall be doubled in the event that the person gets a job or any material or moral benefit based on that certificate,” according to the new law.

The penalty increases with jail time of up to one year, and a fine of up to Dh500,000 if the violator knowingly submits a fake scientific certificate or academic certificate to get a job.

The law will also punish employers and government employees who knowingly accept fake academic or scientific certificates. Violators face a fine between Dh100,000 and Dh1 million, and jail time of up to two years.

Those who issue or advertise fake certificates will also be punished with jail time of up to two years and a fine of between Dh500,000 and Dh1 million. ICA/Expat Media

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