UAE: Fine-Tuned Agriculture: Dubai’s New Decree Sets Guidelines for Farming Practices

In Dubai, individuals are prohibited from establishing farms or installing fences on non-owned land, as per Decree No. 61 of 2023 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

This regulation aligns with Dubai’s food security strategy and emphasizes public health and safety standards. The decree focuses on preserving the environment’s integrity, curbing unplanned farm proliferation, and enhancing the development and welfare of the emirate’s livestock.

The decree applies to farms allocated to citizens in Dubai, with exceptions for camel horse racing farms overseen by the Dubai Camel Racing Club and winter camps organized by the Dubai Municipality.

The Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Procurement and Finance, in coordination with Dubai Municipality, will oversee and control farm affairs.

A ‘Farms Affairs Regulatory Committee’ will be formed to issue decisions related to farm allocations, with representatives from The Ruler’s Court, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

The decree outlines responsibilities for beneficiaries, regulations for farm construction, and stipulates fines ranging from Dh1,000 to Dh100,000 for violations, with the possibility of doubled penalties for repeat offenses in the same year.

Existing beneficiaries must align with the decree within three months of its effective date, with the CEO of the Office of His Highness having the authority to extend this period. The decree supersedes any contradictory legislation and is effective upon its publication in the Official Gazette.

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