What are the categories of crimes in the UAE?

Based on the UAE Penal Code, crimes in the country are divided into three categories:

  • Contraventions – penalties under this crime include:
    • Custody for a minimum of 24 hours and maximum of 10 days
    • A fine not more than AED 1,000
  • Misdemeanours – these are types of serious crime involving petty theft, simple battery or assault, evading police, vandalism, cyber bullying, etc. Penalties under this crime include:
    • Imprisonment
    • Fine with a minimum of AED 1,000
    • Diyat – compensation for the victim
  • Felonies  – these are severe crimes such as murder, burglary, armed robbery, manslaughter, kidnapping, rape, and more. Penalties under this crime include:
    • Diyat – compensation for the victim
    • Temporary imprisonment
    • Life imprisonment
    • Death penalty

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