Dubai is a country built on oil and don’t be fooled into thinking that with all the wealth circulating in the country, that you will be able to get a piece of it yourself. Here we discuss the important facts about gambling in the United Aran Emirates.
It is illegal, this is a country is ruled by Islamic religion and if you are caught taking part or providing a gambling service, there are severe repercussions and they all be unlike anything a tourist would be familiar with within their own country.
Gambling Laws in Dubai
Gambling was made illegalized in Dubai under the Legal Article 414 of the United Arab Emirates Gambling Code. It states: “Gambling will be punished by detention. The maximum period of this sentence is two years or participants will be fined up to AED20,000 (₹390,000).
The decision of a fine or penalty will be imposed on any gambling taking place in a public space, a place which is open to the public or in a private residence that is prepared to invite those to gamble inside.
The same rules apply if a tourist has been caught gambling illegally.
In Article 121 it states: “If a foreigner faces sentence on the custodial penalty, the court may decide to call in its judgement that the convicted face the deportation from the state”.
These are very serious laws and any tourist should be aware of them long before thinking about traveling to Dubai. This is an Islamic country and doesn’t give any leniency to any act that goes against the Islamic faith.
Online Casinos in Dubai
If you’re also thinking that online gambling will be safe, then think again. Online gambling is also illegal in Dubai and you will find that all of the internet providers in the country block out sites even from your hotel or home. There are ways to use proxy servers to bypass the ISP restrictions and there are VPNs, but monitoring is in place and you would need to make a judgment call about whether the risks are worth it.
Accessing Online Casinos
There is a way around the problem of gambling in the UAE. Online gambling is only illegal if the casino is reportedly registered from within the UAE. As a player, you will need to do your research for an online casino that is registered outside of the UAE borders. If the casino is not on UAE ground, then the legal accounts against you are flawed because you are not taking apart inside of a casino associated in any way to the UAE and if the service is located in another country then you are safe.
There are many casinos online that are registered in Europe and you can, if needed, download a VPR app to change the proxy and IP address of your device’s location.
These are the fact surrounding the state of Dubai’s gambling laws and why you will not find a single casino here for you to play inside of.