New clauses have been added to the UAE's first child protection law and they include criminal offences, traffic safety regulations, protection over passive smoking and all areas of education, transport, health, food safety, and protection from cyber crimes.
Fine print of UAE’s Child Rights law
Putting a child in danger of psychological, emotional, physical or religious harm is punishable by a Dh5,000 fine.
The same penalty is applied to guardians who neglect the children in their care, and people who are aware of such problems but fail to report them.
Selling tobacco, cigarettes or alcohol to children carries a penalty of up to three months in prison and/or a Dh10,000 fine.
Anybody caught smoking in a vehicle in the presence of children faces a Dh5,000 fine.
Using a child to record or produce pornography, aiding a child’s involvement in a sexual act or pornography, or sexually exploiting a child can be punished by a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Exposing a child to the risk of torture or physical assault can lead to a prison sentence and a fine of up to Dh50,000.
* Ola Salem and Ayesha Al Khoori