UAE Sets 6 New Rules from Fines to Paid Parking, Changes Effective July

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

As we approach the midpoint of 2024, the UAE has been abuzz with significant developments that are set to impact daily life and financial planning across the Emirates.

The first half of the year has been marked by a flurry of new policies and enforcement measures aimed at shaping various aspects of society.

Looking ahead to the second half of the year, several changes and regulations are poised to come into effect starting in July. These adjustments cover a range of areas, from parking fees to regulatory compliance, reflecting the government's proactive approach to governance and urban management.

Dubai Mall Paid Parking:

Beginning July 1, visitors to Dubai Mall will encounter new paid parking arrangements. While the first 4 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on weekends remain free, subsequent hours will incur charges deducted directly from motorists' Salik accounts. This move aims to manage parking demand effectively, with tariffs potentially reaching up to Dh1,000.

Paid parking expansion in Dubai:

In response to the city's rapid growth, six key neighborhoods in Dubai will see expanded paid parking facilities. This initiative, covering over 7,000 spaces, aims to alleviate parking shortages while adjusting fees to better reflect demand and location.

Emiratisation Compliance:

Companies with 50 or more employees face intensified emigration checks starting July 1. Non-compliance with the mandated 1% increase in UAE national employment could result in fines of Dh8,000 per unmet Emirati hiring quota, escalating annually until 2026.

Health Insurance Coverage Expansion:

Daman insurance holders can now access premium healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi while maintaining basic plans, albeit with increased premiums and co-payments. This expansion aims to enhance healthcare accessibility but requires additional financial commitments from policyholders.

Influencer Licensing Requirement:

From July 1, social media influencers in the UAE must obtain a license to endorse products or businesses. Failure to comply could result in fines up to Dh10,000 and potential business closure. Licensing, available through the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, aims to regulate influencer marketing practices and ensure consumer transparency.

Beginning June 1, Ajman residents can access detailed building classifications, providing transparency on compliance with international standards. This initiative involves comprehensive inspections and public disclosure of building quality and regulatory adherence, empowering residents with essential information about their living environments.

These upcoming changes reflect the UAE's commitment to governance, urban management, and economic regulation. By implementing these measures, authorities aim to enhance infrastructure, regulatory compliance, and public welfare, ensuring sustainable growth and improved quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

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