The Quran is what guides most of the laws and regulation in the UAE, and gambling is no exclusion. The act of gambling or online gambling is not prohibited or legal in the country, though there are sites that residents can still access and use (they are not formally blocked).
Gambling is considered indecent content and explicitly banned in the country, this includes for tourists and those visiting the country. On and offline betting on races is one way that people have gotten around these strict laws and dabbled in/enjoyed the act of gambling. This includes everything from horse and camel to car races.
As mentioned previously, the Quran calls out and explicitly bans gambling, which has resulted in strict laws against any type of gambling in the country. The crackdown was traditionally on land-based and underground gambling, however, more recently there has been a more substantial focus on online gambling as well.
Despite the strict laws, there are some sites, including online casinos that are still accessible to and by residents. It is, however, a considerable risk for tourists or residents to use or even enter the site, with potential consequences that range from fines of nearly 10 000 USD all the way to prison time.
Using and playing on licensed online casinos are important for the following reasons:
What exactly do people mean when they say 'responsible gambling'? Well, responsible gambling means protecting one's self from things like scams, overspending, addiction, and other problems that have been known to have been associated with it. The concept and definition vary from person to person, depending on ones' life and personal traits.
Responsible gambling can, and often does include things like:
The UAE is a large, densely populated and relatively wealthy country. Here is a brief overview: