About The Law on Drugs in the UAE

1.) Often drugs that would be legal in your home country will wind up on the list of prohibited drugs in the UAE. Consult the list of banned substances before taking any drugs into the country or consuming inside the UAE.

2.) Possession of medicines like sleeping pills, painkillers and antidepressants can be illegal in the country without a proper prescription from a UAE doctor. Consult a doctor before taking any such medication.

3.) Care should be taken when reentering the country from outside to ensure there are no traces of any drug – legal or otherwise in the country visited – as the smallest infraction can attract very harsh penalties.

4.) Even transiting through the UAE one should take care to ensure all medications are accompanied with a proper prescription. It may be wise to carry with a translated and attested prescription copy to avoid any potential problems. The importation of illegal drugs into the country is considered a serious crime.

5.) Though not common, cases of drink spiking do occur. It is extremely important that woman do not accept drinks from strangers and maintain vigilance when out at pubs and bars. It is possible criminal charges could result if a woman is discovered to have an illegal substance in her system.