Dubai takes pride in its neat and clean Emirate, which is why the authorities enforce fines to ensure it stays that way
16 September 2015| Last updated on 21 January 2018
As a result, there are a number of fines implemented to make sure that all who live or visit Dubai - locals, expats and tourists alike - not only stay out of trouble, but also join in the great effort to keep Dubai clean.
These fines range from littering to spitting to even causing oil leakages in Dubai's beaches, creek or ports.
So, time to ditch the dirty habits, people! Here are your main ones explained:
General littering: Between Dhs 500 and Dhs 1,500
If you throw your litter in a public place in Dubai you are indeed liable to pay a fine when caught. Places include public parks, beaches and roads... Pretty much everywhere, and includes the likes of throwing empty crisp packets, empty fizzy drink cans, paper and your cigarette butts!
For your first offence, your fine is Dhs 500, and it will double or treble for each repeat offence made.
This fine includes motorists too! If you're caught throwing anything out of your car windows on the roads, you'll face a fine. So keep a small trash bag in your car to avoid a fine - there's just no point.
Spitting: Dhs 500, Dhs 1000
I think we can all agree that this is one of the most disgusting habits, and is extremely unhygenic. Thus, it's understandably pubishable by fines here in Dubai. Spitting saliva or sputtering on roads and other public areas is banned, and you will get a Dhs 500 fine. Chewing and spitting paan (betel leaves) also has a penalty of Dhs 1000.
Dripping water from AC units: Dhs 100
Now this is one we don't think everyone is aware of; but yes, if you have water dripping from an AC unit onto a public area you can incur a fine. So remember that next time you laugh at the waiter desperately drying to dry the AC ducts in a restaurant with what looks like a huge lollypop.
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Eating, drinking, chewing gum on public transport: Dhs 100
There are signs everywhere when you use public transport stating you cannot eat, drink, chew gum - or smoke for that matter. This is one that shouldn't be easily ignored, and is finable by Dhs 100. Dhs 200 if you're caught lighting up a cigarette.
Hanging clothes on the balcony: Dhs 500 to Dhs 1,500
We're all guilty of doing it, those of us living in apartment blocks, but it is inface a publishable offence with a fine between Dhs 500 and Dhs 1,500. Dubai does not allow residents to distort the image of the city by hanging clothes, installing dish antennas or placing junk on their balconies. And it's not just about aesthetics -- they're a fire hazard too.
Generally building managers and developers will make these terms clear when you sign your tenancy contract. But if you flout the rule, face the fines.
Keeping your car dirty: Dhs 500
Yep, if your car is considered too dirty by Dubai's standards you may return to your vehicle with a first issue notice placed under the windscreen wiper. But if you ignore the notices and they're not cleaned or removed within 15 days, you'll face confiscation by the municipality and face a Dhs 500 fine.
|Hanging clothes in balcones||Dhs 500|
|Barbecuing in unauthorised public places||Dhs 500|
|Not cleaning up after your pet has done their business||Dhs 500|
|Dirtying the street by washing cars in unauthorised places||Dhs 500|
|Having a dirty car||Dhs 500|
|Littering in beaches, sea, creek, ports||Dhs 1,000|
|Sticking posters, ads and flyers||Dhs 1,000|
|Spitting paan in public places||Dhs 1,000|
|Urinating in public places||Dhs 500|
|Disposing of waste in public places or on sites other than those designated to dump them||Dhs 500|
|Eating, drinking, chewing gum on public transport||Dhs 100|
|Smoking on public transport||Dhs 200|
|Littering in public places||Dhs 500|
|Dropping waste or hazardous materials in places other than designated||Dhs 5,000|
|Dumping construction debris and remains in places other than approved dumping grounds||Dhs 5,000|
|Getting rid of waste water in open places||Dhs 100,000|
|Leakage of wastewater from the buildings or from water tank trucks on the road||Dhs 10,000|
|Fall of any solid or liquid substances from concrete mixer truckso n the road||Dhs 50,000|
|Disposing of used oil in the sewage networks or the septic tanks||Dhs 3,000|
|Littering garbage in sea water, creeks, beaches or ports||Dhs 1,000|
|Disposing of waste by setting it afire||Dhs 1,000|
|Throwing parts or branches of trees in undesignated areas||Dhs 1,000|
|Getting rid of wastewater from cleaning vehicles in unauthorised places||Dhs 500|
|Leaving vehicles or heavy equipment in public places causing damage to public health and safety||Dhs 500 plus impounding the vehicle/machinery after expiry of the granted period of warning|
|Not providing of a room or a chute inside the building for dumping waste||Dhs 5,000|
|Not maintaining waste-storing facilities in the building||Dhs 500|
|Not cleaning the buildings||Dhs 1,000|
|Private firms or residential compounds not providing proper waste-storage||Dhs 5,000|
|Not changing the garbage containers according to the quantitiy of the waste||Dhs 1,000|
|Offering cleaning and waste disposal services without licence||Dhs 5,000|
|Disposing of garbage hamrful to the public or garbage containers||Dhs 1,000|
|Moving garbage containers without approval||Dhs 200|
|Scavenging in the municipality's garbage bins to collect recyclable materials||Dhs 1,000|
|Damaging the garbage container or surroundings||Dhs 1,000|
|Parking vehicles near waste bins in a way that obstruct municipality's garbage trucks||Dhs 1,000|
|Dumping garbage from private company-owned vehicles to municipality's waste bins||Dhs 1,000|
|Failing to implement a proper recycling plan to reduce waste production||Dhs 1,000|
|Bringing in, selling or using paan including betel leaves||Dhs 5,000|
|Not moving waste from auto garages on owners' expense to specified disposal sites||Dhs 1,000|
|Not cleaning or maintaining garbage storing places||Dhs 1,000|
|Changing or closing a garbage storing room in abuilding or compound||Dhs 5,000|
|Changing or closing garbage storing rooms in a multi-storeyed building completely or partially||Dhs 1,000 per each room|