Dubai government issued a statement refuting social media reports that the emirate has begun issuing gambling licenses.
The Dubai government said the gambling license reports circulating on social media were "incorrect" without providing any further details.
Gambling is not permitted in the UAE, although the government of that country allows some organizations to hold contests and sweepstakes, provided they have explicit permission from the relevant regulatory authorities.
Unlike other countries in the Middle East, the UAE also has separate laws regarding online gambling. This cybercrime law establishes punishment for anyone who is exploring gambling business on the Internet. ISPs are required by law to block websites that provide illegal content, including gambling content.