Dubai is very conservative when it comes to bad language. Swearing, profanities, insults and “all kind of vulgar language” are considered obscene acts – as is making rude gestures – and offenders can be fined or jailed.

Theft carries a punishment of imprisonment from 6 months up to 3 years or a fine. Attempted theft, which is also a crime, carries the punishment from 3 months up to 18 months or a fine. The public prosecutor charges the accused with theft.

Penal Code is a set of legal provisions that determine the actions which are recognized as crimes and explain the penalties incurred upon them. … According to Article 121 of the UAE Constitution of 1971, the federation is authorized to pass laws in regards to “major legislation related to penalty laws”