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Expat fined Dh50,000 for selling his internet connection in UAE

Ahmed Shaaban /Umm Al Quwain
Filed on January 22, 2020
uae cybercrime, whatsapp use in uae, internet in uae

(Reuters file)

He had illegally installed a booster to share his WiFi.

An Asian expat has been fined Dh50,000 for selling his WiFi connection to his neighbours, the Umm Al Quwain Misdemeanour Court has ruled.

Court records showed that the man illegally installed a booster for his Internet connection, so he can offer a paid WiFi service to some residents in the building where he lived.

This practice is against the law, as stated in Federal Decree No 3/2003, amended by Federal Decree No 5/2008.

The defendant was caught in December last year, following a complaint filed by an anti-fraud coordinator of a telecommunications service provider in the country.

He was referred to the public prosecution and then to the court, where he admitted to the crime.

The court found him guilty and ordered him to pay the hefty fine, plus court charges.


Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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