Dubai denies legalising gambling

Dubai has no plans to legalise casino gaming or sports betting.
Dubai has no plans to legalise casino gaming or sports betting.

Dubai has denied that it has legalised gambling, describing the rumours as fake news.

United Arab Emirates.- There have been rumours circulating on social media this week that Dubai had legalised gambling at some hotels. The government’s media office has put the speculation to rest, saying that the rumours are entirely false.

Under United Arab Emirates law, gambling is illegal in the country with fines of between AED250,000 ($54,459) and AED500,000. Making, managing, or supervising of any content related to the gaming industry is forbidden.

Only betting on horseracing is permitted.

The rumour circulating had it that certain hotels had been granted licences to offer gambling during May at the commencement of Eid al-Fitr festivities.

Dubai has clarified that it has no plans to legalise gambling or to expand sports betting beyond horses.

In 2020, Dubai’s police launched a mobile app that lets users report any suspicions of betting activity. This app can be used by locals and visitors.

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