Using derogatory language or any form of verbal abuse, irrespective of a person's nationality is a criminal offense under UAE law, as well as under Sharia law. A person’s reputation can be critically destroyed when they are accused of committing an immoral activity. The commonly used "F" word can get you in legal trouble in the United Arab Emirates. Imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding Dh10.000 will be charged upon anyone who defames the honour or the modesty of another person without attributing any particular act to the defamed person. Detention for a period not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding AED 20,000 or either of these two will be charged if a public official or one who is in charge of public service is abused while fulfilling his duty.
According to the UAE Federal Penal Code No. 3 of 1987 and as amended, Chapter six thereof, Crimes Against Reputation, Article 373 of the Penal Code states that: