Local official gazettes and other resources
To find the local laws and decrees which pertain to each emirate, look for the local official gazette of the respective emirate of the UAE.
- The Official Gazette of Abu Dhabi
The Official Gazette of Abu Dhabi is issued on a monthly basis in Arabic and English and includes laws and decrees issued by the Ruler of the emirate and decisions of the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, in addition to circulars and regulations. The first issue of the Official Gazette dates back to 1965.
- The Official Gazette of Dubai
Government of Dubai issues an Official Gazette through its Supreme Legislation Committee. It contains all legislations including laws, decrees, resolutions, regulations, by-laws, instructions and orders issued by the Government of Dubai
The eLibrary of the Judicial Department of Abu Dhabi facilitates the access to the resources and legal references of both federal laws and domestic laws of Abu Dhabi.
Issuing local laws and decrees
Article 125 of the UAE’s Constitution provides that the Governments of the local emirates implement the laws, the treaties and international agreements concluded by the federation, including the promulgation of the local laws, regulations, decisions and orders necessary for such implementation. The Executive Council in each emirate endorses draft laws and decrees ahead of submitting them to the respective Ruler of the emirate for final approval and issuance.