Casinos in Dubai - All the Legalities of Gambling & Betting in Dubai

Tucker Carlson, an American Commentator, once said, "People often refer to Dubai as the Hong Kong of the Gulf, but it's really more like Vegas."

Little did he know that this version Vegas won't ever get to see gambling at that insane a scale. Dubai is a city for the finest. And with a strict rule against gambling, let's learn more about the casinos in Dubai, shall we?

Is Gambling Legal in Dubai?

Horse racing in Dubai
This version of Vegas neither has casinos for legalized gambling exercises nor can you bet on horses at racecourses. You will find a lot of illegal bets going around the race tracks but going in on these activities isn't advisable. You could end up in prison for up to 2 years and/or be penalized for an amount of AED 20,000 (INR 4,00,000 or USD 4,500). But there are 2 racecourses where gambling is, in fact, legal.
  • Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
  • Jebel Ali Racecourse
Coming back to casinos, there are simply NO LEGAL CASINOS in Dubai as gambling is banned due to Islamic religious foundations. Gambling is considered against the Islamic religion. Even cruise ships docking at the shores of Dubai, have to stop all gambling activities at once. They can only restart gambling exercises when they are out of Emirati waters.

Enthusiastic tourists often tend to land on illegally operated casinos and can easily fall prey to being mugged by these establishments or could be caught by the cops and imprisoned. This is a risk not worth taking.

Gambling Laws in Dubai

Skyline Dubai
Gambling was illegalized under Article 414 of the UAE Penal Code which states, “Whoever gambles shall be punished by detention for a maximum period of two years or by a fine not exceeding AED 20,000. A penalty of detention or a fine shall be inflicted if the crime occurs in a public place, a place open to the public, or in a place or house prepared for gambling.”

If a tourist is caught gambling, Article 121 of the same section states, “If a foreigner has been sentenced to a custodial penalty in a felony or misdemeanour, the court may call in its judgement for the deportation of the convicted foreigner from the state. Deportation orders shall also apply to felonies perpetrated on the honour. The court may, in cases of misdemeanours, order the commutation of a custodial penalty stated for a misdemeanour to deportation”.

These are serious laws and one should be quite aware of them before indulging in any such activities.

Online Casinos in Dubai

Casinos in Dubai
Well yes, there are a lot of online casinos that can be gambled while sitting in the comfort of your hotel room or your home if you're a local. But before proceeding it'll be best to know that EVEN ONLINE GAMBLING IS ILLEGAL in Dubai and the UAE internet providers block several such websites every year. But as you already know, the internet is a vast ocean and blocking it is almost impossible. Many gamblers get past these ISP restrictions using proxy servers or VPNs and then can enjoy their favourite gambling platforms without any problem. Moreover monitoring each and every ISP violation is also quite impossible which makes this way quite simple and safe.

List of Online Casinos in Dubai

After much looking into the websites, we found some of the most dependable ones as mentioned below. These websites are available in the Arabic language too. On their own, they are safe and legally run websites.
  • Arab 888 Casino
  • Intertops Casino
  • Arab Casino Cruise
  • BWin Casino
  • Arab Casino Las Vegas
These were some of the best online platforms to gamble on, safely and securely. While both offline and online gambling is illegal in Dubai, the online gambling part is often neglected due to its vast reaches and difficulty in detecting problems. One can't possibly be caught gambling online until one calls for the cops to their house or hotel rooms and shows them that they've been actively playing the games. This is something no sane man would do.

Dubai is a city of the elite and when people around the globe visit Dubai, it is to have a perfect vacation. Most of these tourists are interested in gambling and look for casinos in Dubai and find the laws withholding them. This opens the online gambling arena which provides them with the same experience sitting at the comfort of their hotels or homes.

This post was published by Swetanshu Subhrajit

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