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Penalty for Theft in Dubai UAE

penalty for theft in dubai

What is the penalty for theft in Dubai?

This article will delve into the nuances of theft in Dubai, shedding light on the penalties, legal procedures, and an expert who can guide you through these complexities.

Office of Al Mulla. Whatsapp: Click here. Phone: 00971501961291.

Penalty for Theft in Dubai.

The UAE Penal Code, embodied in Federal Decree-Law No. 31 of 2021, delineates the consequences of theft:

  • Basic Theft Penalties.
    Article 443 of the UAE Penal Code stipulates that individuals committing theft may face a minimum of 6 months in prison or a fine.
    However, more severe penalties apply if other provisions are in place for the theft.
  • Aggravating Factors.
    If a theft occurs at night or involves a weapon, Article 441 mandates a sentence ranging from 2 to 7 years of imprisonment.

Article 442 outlines certain circumstances that elevate the penalty to at least 1 year of imprisonment:

  • Theft in a place of worship.
  • Theft in an inhabited dwelling.
  • Theft using force, false keys, or climbing.
  • Theft by impersonating a public servant.
  • Group theft, theft during the war, or against specific entities.
  • Theft involving livestock.

FAQs about penalty for theft Dubai.

Individuals committing theft may face a minimum of 6 months in prison or a fine, as stipulated in Article 443 of the UAE Penal Code.
The highest punishment for theft in Dubai varies based on aggravating factors. Theft involving a weapon or occurring at night can result in a sentence ranging from 2 to 7 years of imprisonment under Article 441.


Dubai’s legal framework leaves no room for compromise regarding theft. The UAE Penal Code is comprehensive, addressing various theft scenarios and corresponding penalties.

Whether facing theft charges or aiming to safeguard your interests, understanding the legal nuances is crucial.

To navigate these complexities, trust in the expertise of Al Mulla, a seasoned legal professional specializing in financial crime cases in Dubai UAE.

His guidance ensures your rights are upheld and your interests protected.

Contact the office of Al Mulla via Whatsapp. Click here. You can also call us on phone: 00971501961291.

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