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Public safety and legal action can be avoided by adhering to relevant laws and not using or dealing in fireworks without a licence. Image Credit: Pexels ( Picture used for illustrative purposes only.)

Abu Dhabi: Any person in the UAE who, without a license, trades in, imports, exports, manufactures or transports fireworks from or to the state without a licence shall face a fine of at least Dh100,000 and an imprisonment sentence of not less than one year.

As per Article 54 of the Federal Decree Law 17 for 2019, the law governing weapons, ammunition, explosives, military supplies and hazardous substances will be enforced.


The Public Prosecution in an awareness video on its social media accounts, has urged the public to adhere to relevant laws and not use or deal in fireworks without a licence, to protect the public’s safety and avoid legal action.

The Public Prosecution explained that Article 1 of the Federal Decree Law stipulates that explosives are defined as a chemical compound or a mixture of different chemical compounds that react with each other when exposed to certain factors, such as a force producing pressure, heat and speed that can affect or damage surrounding areas, including fireworks.

Article 3 of the Decree Law stipulates that the possession, acquisition, obtainment, carrying, import, export, re-export, transit, trans-shipment, trade, manufacturing, repair, transportation or disposal of any weapon, ammunition, explosives, military materials or hazardous substances is not permitted in any way, except after obtaining a relevant licence or permit from the Licencing Authority or the concerned entity, according to the provisions of the Decree Law.

These posts are part of the Public Prosecution's continuous efforts to promote legal culture among members of the community and increase their awareness about the latest legislations in the country.