Do Not Post These Things On Social Media
Updated on 06 August 2018

Social media can be a wonderful way of keeping up-to-date with friends and family all over the world. But, we’ve all heard the stories of what happens when the platforms are used wrongly. There are laws of social media use in the UAE and breaking them could land you with a fine - and even jail time. To ensure that you stay within the rules and regulations, here is what NOT to do online.

1. Do not post images or videos of other people without their consent
Posting pictures of others without their permission is a serious offence in the UAE. The Cyber Crimes Law states that doing so will lead to the perpetrator being imprisoned for at least 6 months as well as receiving a fine of Dhs 150,000.

2. Do not discuss other people’s private lives online
Sharing personal information about other people, as well as posting about a company or an employer is against the law. Breaching this will result in temporary imprisonment and a fine of between Dhs 250,000 and Dhs 1.5 million.

3. Do not spread rumours or gossip
Posting negative, abusive or gossipy content can lead to law-related punishments. Hate messages or any content that can be seen as bullying, defamation or hurtful to a person, company, business or business owner could land you in jail for six months with a fine of Dhs 250,000. Mentioning a person or company by name in a negative light is also prohibited.

4. Do not impersonate another person or company
Impersonation of another person, business or company is punishable by law and will result in imprisonment.

5. Do not use prohibited websites or online channels
Using Skype or other voice and video chat platforms is illegal unless you use Etisalat’s online calling services. Visiting streaming websites, adult-content websites, gambling websites are a huge no-no and lawbreakers are subject to at least 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of Dhs 250,000 minimum. Using websites or programs (VPNs) to bypass blocked content is also prohibited.

6. Do not post content depicting illegal activity
This may seem fairly obvious but images depicting nudity, adult content and alcohol consumption are harmful to the UAE’s Islamic values. Those who do so will face imprisonment and a fine of up to Dhs 500,000.

7. Do not slander or insult the UAE, Islam or its Royal Family
Any content which is offensive to the UAE, its rulers and members of the Royal Family and Islam is punishable by law. Do not do it. 

Share this page!
MORE ON general info

Etihad Airways has been awarded diamond status during the audit for Apex Health Safety, which is powered by SimpliFlying’.

Ferrari World is set to launch Family Fridays from 15 January to 25 February with fun and exciting new additions that the whole family will surely enjoy.

MoCCAE has issued a ban on fishing for specific species of fish during their breeding season.

Hankook 24H Dubai is back again at the Dubai Autodrome.

Hatta's position as a tourist attraction is going to be enhanced further.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched their space programme called Space-D

Registration are now open for the Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) Virtual Forum, a series of youth-led discussion which will be taking place the 18, 20 and 21 January.

Ministry of Health denies false vaccination rumours.

Emirates resumes flights to America.

UK removes UAE from travel corridor list.

First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  ... Next Last 
A 'must do' when in Dubai.
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
Take a magic carpet ride across rolling red sand dunes, with an amazing bird's eye view of the untouched desert below.
Here are some fun things you can do with your family.
Fun events for the weekend!
The Laughter Factory is back for more laughs!
No plans? We've got you covered!
Things you can do for New Year's Eve.
Here are some things you can do this weekend!
Now that Iris Dubai will be moving back to its Meydan location tonight, 5 October, we can tell you for sure that you wouldn’t be running out of things to do anytime soon.
Dubai’s longest-running comedy night has announced a new lineup for October with three international acts taking the stage at different venues across the city. 
The award-winning actor and comedian will be performing at Dubai Opera on Saturday, 7 November from 8pm onwards, and early bird tickets are available until Monday, 12 October.
As we observe the International Day of Sign Languages today, we’ve rounded up a few places in the UAE that teach sign language, so you can learn a new skill while opening yourself up to a whole new world.
Cricket fans in Dubai have a lot to look forward to now that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kicked off in the UAE. So, if you were still wondering where to catch the big matches in Dubai, we’ve found you just the right spots
Are you missing travelling and exploring new places? Even with us being confined to our homes, you can still keep discovering new places through complimentary virtual tours arranged by digital platform Google Arts and Culture.
If you are expecting a quiet month with not much else to do other than some me-time, then think again. The calendar this month is packed full of things for everyone to do. There are things for everyone from music lovers, fitness fans, foodies, art.
Do you love food and more food? Then this is for you. Etisalat Beach Canteen, part of Dubai Food Festival, is back for daily from 8pm onwards until 14 March. The food carnival is on Jumeriah Beach
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Top things to do in Al Barsha, Barsha Heights and Al Quoz
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
Top things to do in Sheikh Zayed Road, 2nd of December Street and Al Satwa
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Dubai stands in line with cities like Paris, Milan, London and New York, so you can never be bored of this city. There are a million of things to see, try, and taste!
And you won't be disappointed.
Your little ones will thank you.
Discover Dubai
Stay Connected - Drop us your email.