United Arab Emirates

    Penal Code

    The UAE Penal Code, Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 (‘the Law’), applies to all crimes and penalties within the United Arab Emirates and aims to ensure the external and internal security of the state through the eradication of corruption or bribery.  

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019


  • Requirements

    Under Article 234, it is an offence for any individual in charge of a public service to accept or ask for him/herself a privilege of any kind in return for the performing or abstaining from his or her duties, no matter the intent of the individual.  

    Under Article 235, it is an offence for the same individual to accept the privilege and neglect their duties.   

    Under Article 236, it is an offence for the same to accept the privilege and commit an act which is not in his or her duties. In addition, it is an offence for any manager or employee of any companies, private or public, to accept a privilege and perform or abstain from a duty, whether or not it was their intention to perform or abstain from the same.  

    Under Article 237, it is an equal offence to offer any such privilege, whether it is rejected or not, and to be a mediator between the briber or the briber person during the offering, asking, accepting, receiving or promising of a privilege. 

    Under Article 238, the aforementioned offences are punishable by a monetary penalty equivalent to the amount offered or accepted, which will be confiscated.   

    Under Article 239, it is the duty of the briber or the intermediary to notify the judicial or administrative authorities before it is discovered, in order to be exempt from the penalty. 

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