Social media is a part of our everyday lives. There is no denying of its importance and allure. There are many who have spent multiple hours of their day with their noses buried deep in their screens. Yet, social media posting in UAE has unique rules involved.
They are in place to ensure that no post, tweet or comment harms or tarnishes the image of a person, culture or area. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai believes all those who reside in the Emirates are representatives of the nation. Their actions online or offline should bring pride to the UAE.
Depicting violence is a strict no-no: Malicious content that can instigate violence, promote hate speech, or even video clips of violent incidents are not permissible in accord with the law of the land.
Posting mature content is not permissible: Any social posting of obscene material is a violation of the law of UAE. While UAE has no discrimination in caste and religion, they are strict in not allowing any mature content on social portals. One needs to follow social and religious morals while in UAE.
Insulting a culture or person can lead to heavy fines: Calling out a culture, lifestyle or insulting a person on social media is not allowed in UAE. It is a peaceful nation that welcomes all with open arms. By creating hateful content on social portals, a citizen, expat or a tourist goes against the grain of UAE society and can be heavily penalized for the same.
Respect thy father and faith: HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the father of the nation. It was his vision and efforts that brought together the trucial kingdoms together as the United Arab Emirates. To insult him, his image, his name or even his legacy is a criminal offence and the offender shall be penalised. Additionally, anyone who insults God, the holy religion of Islam or other heavenly religions shall be fined of up to one million dirhams.
Sharing abusive / bullying content is taboo: Cyber bullying is a criminal offence in the UAE. It does not matter what the reason behind bullying is or what was the degree of bullying, but any content or context that is harmful to a person shall be considered as offensive in the Emirates. Similarly, insulting an individual too is not permissible by law.
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No posting of any other person’s pictures or videos without consent: No matter your relation, be it your brother or a stranger in the park, if and if you share even a single image or a video on social media, ensure you have permission from them. No content should be published without their permission, as it is not only our cyber responsibility but also a social media rule in UAE.
There you have it, folks! As we become global citizens, we have access to multiple cultures and individuals. As Emirati citizens, expats or tourists to the land, we must always have a positive disposition and share appropriate content.