Legal basis Copyright and Authorship Protection Law No. 7 for 2002.
International Conventions Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
Works Protectable Literary, artistic and Scientific
Validity of Registration Author’s life time and Fifty (50) years after his death.
Neighboring Rights Protectable
Computer softwares/databases Protectable
Works not Protectable Official documents, ideas, plans of actions, mathematical concepts, reports of news of incidents and events, works falling in public domain.
Author’s Rights To decide to publish, to claim authorship, to object to distorting and prejudicing amendments, to withdraw from circulation, to expedite, to license to exploit, to transfer etc.
Collective Management Possible
Time Span for registration 3-5 months
Appellate authority (administrate) Copyright Committee
Appellate authority (judicial) Civil Court upto High Court/ Court of Cassatian
Enforcement of Copyright rights Administrative:
Registered Copyright 1.Copyright Committee
  1.Criminal Court (infringment)
  1.Civil Court (infringment,
  unfair competition)
Unregistered Copyright Civil:
  1.Civil Court (unfair competition)
Court System 1st Instance Appeal High Court
Legal System Civil Law


Fees (USD)



Filing an application (for one copyright 10.00 150.00 160.00
Obtaining registration certificate of copyright 0.00 150.00 150.00
Expenses and Disbursements 0.00 150.00 150.00



10.00 350.00 360.00

Required Documents

  • A Power of Attorney, legalized up to the U.A.E. Consulate in the applicant’s country, if the applicant is from abroad (or) a POA duly signed and notarized by the Notary Public if the applicant is from U.A.E.
  • Full name and address and nationality of the applicant/applicants.
  • Three (3) original copies of the work.
  • Detailed description of the work.
  • Main objective of the work.
  • Identification documents for the applicant.
Q1) What is the legal base of protection of copyrights in U.A.E.?
A1) The Law No 7/ 2002 on Copyrights and Neighboring Rights.
Q2) What works of authorship are protected by copyright law in U.A.E.?
A2) a- books, booklets and other written matters. b- works given verbally as lectures, speeches and sermons c- dramatic plays and musical plays d- musical works whether accompanied by words or not e- the works of designing eurythmics and pantomime f- photography works g- cinema, television and broadcasting work, and creative audio visual works, and computer programs h- works of applied arts whether handicraft or industrial j- works of drawing and painting with lines or colors, architecture, sculpture, decorative arts engraving, designs, geographical and topographical plans designs, and relief maps k- encyclopedias, sundries and selections which form, in respect of selecting, arranging and editing their material, intellectual creative works.
Q3) What is the duration of protection of a copyright in U.A.E.?
A3) Life time of the author, plus 50 years after his death.
Q4) Is U.A.E. a member in any international convention for protection of copyrights?
A4) Yes. U.A.E. is a member of Berne Convention.
Q5) Are neighboring rights protected?
A5) Yes
Q6) Does your law provide for collective management of copyrights and neighboring rights?
A6) Yes
Q7) Are criminal and civil proceedings available for protecting copyrights and neighboring rights against infringements?
A7) Yes. However, it is advisable that such rights be registered in order to be enforced easily in the event of infringement.
Q8) What is the authority responsible for registration of domain names in U.A.E.?
A8) UAEnic (United Arab Emirates Network Information Centre).
Q9) What information and documents required for registration of a domain name?
A9) Please refer to the U.A.E. pages on this website.
Q10) What is the top level domain in U.A.E.?
A10) .ae
Q11) What is the life time of a domain name registration in U.A.E.?
A11) from 1 to 5 years.
Q12) Is it possible to conduct search for the availability of a domain name with UAEnic?
A12) Yes
Q13) Are there any other categories of domain names available in U.A.E.?
A13) Yes. These include,,,,,, and also
Q14) What is the validity period of the domain name registration incorporating such other categories of domains?
A14) The validity term ranges from 1 to 5 years as may be requested by the domain name owner.
Q14) Are there any domain names precluded from registration?
A14) Yes. These include, but are not limited to, abbreviations with country code top level domain, existing generic top level domain, domain names violating public morality or public order or against religious rituals or religious characters, domain names likely to deceive the public, geographical indications or geographical names, domain names corresponding to trademarks of third parties, names of well-known persons unless his consent has been obtained.
Q15) Is it possible to renew a domain name registration?
A15) Yes
Q16) Is there any grace period for late renewal of a domain name registration?
A16) Yes. A grace period of one month is allowed and if the domain name registration is not renewed within this period, it will be cancelled.
Q17) Is it possible to amend the contact details of a domain name after registration?
A17) Yes
Q18) Is a domain name registration assignable?
A18) Yes. It can be assigned to any other third party.
Q19) Is there any special policy for resolution of domain names disputes involving the top level domain name, .ae?
A19) Yes. This policy was published in 2008.
Q20) What is the authority that is responsible for the implementation of the DRP?
A20) The .ae Domain Administration (.ae.DA) of the U.A.E. Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Q21) Has the DRP been endorsed by WIPO?
A21) Yes. The rules of the DRP are based on the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
Q22) Would the UAEnic deliberately cancel a domain name registration?
A22) Yes. This would be done if it turns out that the information given by the registrant on the application form was false, incomplete, incorrect, misleading or that the application was made in bad faith.
Q23) Would the U.A.E courts enforce domain name rights?
A23) No. However, if the disputed domain name involves a trademark registered in U.A.E., the owner may resort to the court to enforce his trademark rights along with the domain name.
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