Safety and stability in Vision 2021
Vision 2021 aims for a safe and secure nation by implementing a fair legal system, which would be amongst the most efficient in the world, where all citizens, residents and visitors feel safe and encouraged to claim their rights.
Since its formation, the UAE has supported the cause of peace, security and development at the international level. It set up diplomatic relations with 189 countries around the world. There are 110 foreign embassies, 73 consulates and 15 regional and international organisations in the UAE.
According to Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 (PDF), the UAE is 1st globally in business costs of crime and violence, and 2nd on citizens' confidence in government and leadership.
The UAE supports strong and transparent values in its institutions, which are reflected in the following:
No Corruption or bribery
The UAE does not tolerate corruption in any way and makes everyone accountable for such deeds, whether in the private or public sector.
Articles 234-239 of the UAE Penal Code set provisions for anti-bribery and corruption and the consequences of the act made by any public officer.
Federal Government employees are strictly forbidden to ask, request or accept any gifts or bribe in order to speed up a process required to be performed, or to prevent employees from performing their assignments, or to ask an employee to persuade another employee to complete a transaction or take action in violation of applicable regulations.
State Audit Institution (SAI) is the supreme audit authority in the United Arab Emirates. It is in charge of protecting government funds and ensuring that they are allocated and spent in accordance with laws and regulations. It is also in charge of fighting fraud and corruption in the government.
SAI welcomes the public to report any suspected fraud.
Public tendering processes
The government avails a fair and secure tendering process for businesses, which allows all registered suppliers to deal with government businesses on a fair and equal basis.
UAE government offers online tendering services to facilitate a transparent process. These include:
Government protection of people's identity
Due to the continuing threat of terrorism and rising cases of credit card fraud, identity protection is becoming a key concern globally.
Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), earlier known as Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) completed the launch of electronic identity cards for the whole population in the country including nationals and residents. The card carries biometric details of the holders, in order to verify and confirm the identity of each individual through a personal number and a smart card related to the biological features.
For getting an Emirates ID card, the applicant has to fill the eForm in one of the authorised typing centres or through the Emirates ID online form available on its website.
An SMS containing information about when and where to register will follow the application .The applicant will proceed afterwards to the registration centre mentioned in the SMS to complete the procedures.
You might need to visit an Emirates ID service centre or preventive medical centre to provide your biometric details.
Refer to the ICA's website for the application process, documents required and fees for getting an Emirates ID for:
- UAE nationals
- GCC nationals residing in the UAE
Abiding by birth and death registration procedures
According to Federal Law No. 18 of 2009, parents must strictly confirm to birth and death registrations of children in order to avoid human trafficking and other suspected issues related to true identity.
After the baby is born, the hospital will provide a stamped and signed birth notification. Government hospitals will issue birth certificate as a next step.
However, for babies born in private hospitals, parents will need to apply to Ministry of Health and Prevention or to the health department in their emirate of residence for a birth certificate by presenting the birth notification.
Registering a birth abroad for UAE citizens
Parents must acquire a birth certificate for the newborn and take it to the nearest UAE embassy. These babies need birth certificate from the country of their birth before they can get a birth certificate from the UAE. Parents must apply for birth certificate within 30 days of the birth of the baby.
The embassy will arrange for a return document or passport for the newborn. After the baby arrives in the UAE, his name can be added to the family book.
Registering a birth abroad for expatriate residents
If an expatriate resident has a baby in his/her home country or a foreign country, he/she must acquire a birth certificate and apply for passport to the relevant authority or embassy of their home country in that country. The parents must then apply for a visa at the UAE embassy abroad for the child to be able to enter the UAE legally.
Below are official eServices related to registration of births:
Ensure public access to information
The UAE Government adopted the Open Data policy in order to make government data and information accessible to the public. Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), is the UAE government source for national statistics in all sectors. In addition, all federal entities in the UAE have open data and publications on their portals available to the public. Below are links to open data available in the following sectors in the UAE:
Public access to UAE laws and regulations
The UAE makes its laws accessible through its Official Gazette. In addition, full text of the UAE's laws that cover different areas concerning people and businesses can be found on the legislations portal - Ministry of Justice.
Below are links to laws and regulations available in the following ministries in the UAE:
Local laws in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai can be found on the following links:
Federal law against hatred and discrimination
Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2015 on Combating Discrimination and Hatred (PDF) criminalises any acts that promote religious hatred through any form of expression. It makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of religion, caste, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin.
Violators will be exposed to penalties, which include jail terms and fines.
The law encourages anyone involved in any activity that violates the law to voluntarily submit themselves before the authorities and has provisions allowing the courts to waive penalties in such cases.
Read more about the sustainable development goal Peace, justice and strong institutions.
Updated on 04 May 2020