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United Arab Emirates


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United Arab Emirates

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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

The United Arab Emirates, also known as the UAE, is located in the Middle East, on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. The country is known for striking contrasts between vast desert landscapes, modern cities, and seaside resorts.

The UAE boasts a rich and diverse Emirati cultural heritage underpinned by Bedouin music, dance and poetry. Islamic traditions are also intrinsic to daily life, emphasising family and hospitality. The iconic Burj Khalifa, traditional souks, and vibrant festivals make the UAE an international meeting place.

In the UAE, Penal Code, Article 335, states that whoever attempts suicide can be "subject to punishments of incarceration up to six months, a fine of no more than AED Five Thousand, or both."

In November 2020, the legislators recognised the importance of mental health care by adding to the Article, "The Court may order the detention of the convicted defendant in a healing facility in lieu of the punishment determined for the crime in accordance with the controls provided for in Article (137) of this Law."

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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