Dubai Police Ask Residents To Report Social Media Posts That Mock Covid Rules

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Police Ask Residents To Report Social Media Posts That Mock Covid Rules

Residents can now report posts and messages on social media that mock Covid-19 laws in the UAE. Dubai Police said the country has a zero-tolerance policy towards the misuse of social media. Discussing further about the issue, Colonel Saeed Al Hajri, head of cybercrime department at Dubai Police said people can report any such crimes through the e-crime department of Dubai Police or via the Dubai Police app.

Alternatively, residents can also call 901 (if it is not an emergency) or call 999 and report the case directly. Al Hajri had earlier warned that people who instigate others to break Covid rules will be name shamed. He further added that such posts have a negative impact on the police’s efforts to implement laws.

Also Read: ‘We Don’t Need Food, We Want To Go Home’ Plead Pakistanis Stranded In The UAE

Hajri called social media as a tool for rumour and misinformation and requested residents to think before they share anything. On the contrary, Dubai Police also encourage people to use social media for constructive purposes like fitness, cooking or building other skills.

Violators will be warned once before their are fined. In case they don’t heed to the fine, a double fine will be imposed. If the offense is repeated despite this, the issue will be taken to the public prosecution. The UAE government has listed over 15 Covid fines including those for not wearing face masks, maintaining social distance etc.

Also Read: Some Interesting Animals Are Taking Over The Streets Of UAE During Lockdown

Covid-19 Fines In The UAE

  • AED 1,000 fine for people not maintaining social distancing
  • AED 2,000 for leaving homes for unnecessary reasons
  • AED 1,000 for not wearing medical masks indoors or failure to maintain social distancing when walking on the streets
  • AED 1,000 for motorists who allow more than three persons in the car
  • AED 10,000 for those caught organizing gatherings or social events like a wedding or party. Those attending it will be fined AED 5,000.
  • AED 50,000 if a quarantined person leaves his home or any other place of quarantine
  • AED 5,000 for those who refuse to undergo medical tests upon requests
  • AED 500 fine for people caught visiting the public places
  • AED 50,000 fine for patients who refuse to get hospitalized or take medicines
  • AED 50,00 fine for violating administrative closure of public places like shopping centers, malls, outdoor markets, gyms, public swimming pools, cinemas, clubs, parks and restaurants dining customers
  • AED 2,000 for violating precautionary measures set by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention by people coming from nations affected by communicable diseases
  • AED 3,000 for failure to observe health measures regarding regulation of roads, markets and other public places exempted from temporary closure
  • AED 3,000 for failure to dispose of clothes, luggage or any temporary structures proved to be contaminated and can’t be disinfected by the standard established methods
  • AED 1,000 fine for unnecessary visits to hospitals and other health facilities
  • AED 3,000 fine for violating provisions of the law when burying or transporting the body of a person who died from a communicable diseass
  • AED 5,000 fine for drivers failing to maintain hygiene and following sterilization procedures in public transportation
  • 10,000 fine for failure to take precautionary measures by the crew on ships