Thinking of dealing in precious metals and stones in Mideast?
ABU DHABI – President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
has issued a federal law specifying regulations on trading in, and hallmarking
and certification of precious metals and stones, and gold, silver and platinum jewelry.
Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment
and Water and Chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and
Metrology (ESMA), stressed the importance of the new law for increasing the
effectiveness of regulations in one of the country's most important economic
sectors, as well as protecting dealers of precious metals and stones.
In a press release, Minister Bin Fahad said Federal
Law No. 11 of 2015 will enter into force six months after publishing the text
of the law in the official gazette.
According to the 31-article law, people involved in
forging hallmarks of precious metal and/or certificates of precious stone jewelry,
or in selling, offering, possessing or trading in jewelry with forged hallmarks
or certificates, will be imprisoned for at least two years and/or fined between
AED500.000 and AED1000,000.
Those involved in dealing in precious metal or
precious stone jewelry without proper hallmarking or certification from authorized
institutions will be imprisoned for one year and/or fined between AED250.000
A fine of between AED100,000 and AED500,000 will be
imposed on any authorized institution found issuing certificates for precious
stones and metals showing incorrect information.
Any violation of any of the provisions of the new
law will be punishable by a fine of between AED50,000 and AED100,000.
The Chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardization
and Metrology (ESMA) noted that the UAE's annual consumption of gold and
precious stone and pearl jewelry is estimated at AED60 billion, while the
sector accounts for 37 per cent of the country's non-oil trade.