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Recognition of religion or belief in United Arab Emirates

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the United Arab Emirates are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in United Arab Emirates


  • State religion is Islam.

  • Recognition and registration are differentiated, however, existential recognition is provided only to Islam, the Muslim community, and Islamic organisations that the government approves of; registration is offered sparingly to non-Islamic groups; this creates a situation of partial recognition in the country.

  • Procedures for registration remain undetermined due to the government's publish its registration criteria.

  • The segmentation of registration procedures immediately causes issues of restriction, imbalance of recognition statuses and contradictions in the law.

  • The rule of mandatory registration, including mandatory permits and licenses to conduct basic religious activities, violates the Bielefeldt provision.

  • The laws set in place to protect against desecration, labelling of someone as an infidel etc. seem to primarily protect Islamic groups.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Establish a reorganised recognition system that has jurisdiction nationwide in order to resolve issues of segmentation; also, this recognition system would be able to extend existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives without discrimination.

  • Revoke present laws on blasphemy, conversion and proselytism that restrict expression and declarations of belief.

  • Dismantlement of the present apparatus that terminally restricts the ability of non-Islamic and especially non-Abrahamic groups from practicing.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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