Lottery laws in the UAE

The concept of Lottery Laws & Raffle Draw Game in UAE

Introduction to Lottery

The lottery industry has seen tremendous expansion in the last few years. It is regarded as a whole new approach to grow in monetary terms, not just a game. If you dig further, you’ll find that the lottery concept is helping to build a new class of businesses, or start-ups.

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) lottery laws are a reflection of the legal, cultural, and religious climate of the nation. The legal system of the United Arab Emirates is shaped by Islamic law, which forbids gambling in its entirety. The UAE is primarily an Islamic nation. In general, lotteries and other gambling activities are not allowed in the United Arab Emirates.

Introduction to Raffle Draws

Raffle is also a part of lottery. It means a gaming competition where the players get numbered ticket, and with each ticket there is a probability of winning a prize. At a particular fixed time, the winners are drawn from a container and carrying a copy of every number

Difference between Lottery and Raffle

  • Physical vs. monetary prizes

In raffle the prizes are most of the time in physical form. When there is a raffle at an event, hampers, food, gifts as given as prize. In contrast, a lottery usually consists of cash prizes.

  • Rollover

When you play a raffle, there is a possibility of the numbers to be repeatedly drawn until a winner is announced. However, when you play a lottery, according to the drawn numbers no winner is selected, the jackpot rolls over to another week or month.

  • One number vs. multiple numbers

In a national lottery, the number of drawn numbers that match with those on your ticket determines how much money you win. A raffle, however, involves the purchase of one ticket that has one number. If that number is drawn, you win a prize.

Legal Framework

Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 covering the UAE Penal Code is the main body of law controlling lotteries in the United Arab Emirates. This law punishes those who engage in gambling activities and expressly forbids all forms of gambling, including lotteries. “Whoever gambles shall be punished by detention for a maximum period of two years or by a fine not exceeding twenty thousand dirhams,” according to Article 414 of the Penal Code.

Furthermore, Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 about the Regulation of Gaming Activities (Gaming Law) strengthens the ban on gambling in the United Arab Emirates. This law defines gambling broadly and outlaws gambling in all its manifestations, whether it be through online or offline channels. This includes betting, lotteries, and other games of chance.

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