x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Foreign institutions shut down for operating without licences

UAE minister says the offices of American and German institutions that were ordered closed last month were either operating without licences or had breached the terms of their permits.

DUBAI // Authorities said they ordered the closure of some organisations because they did not have licences or had breached the terms of their permits.

“Some foreign institutions that were operating in the UAE have violated the terms of the licence,” Dr Abdul Rahim Al Awadhi, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, told the state news agency Wam.

“Some have been operating without a licence. This obliged the legal authorities to issue instructions that they should cease their work in the UAE,” Dr Al Awadhi said. He could not be reached for further comment.

The ministry’s comments come after the Abu Dhabi offices of the German think tank Konrad Adenauer Foundation closed last month. The American non-profit organisation National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Dubai also shut its doors.

NDI said its licence was due for renewal in September while the Konrad Adenauer Foundation shut at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

pkannan@thenational.ae

* With additional reporting by Vivian Nereim