A new law is set to introduce stiffer penalties and jail terms for the use of fake university degrees and academic certificates in the UAE.
The Federal National Council (FNC) passed the federal draft law, laying down the penalties that include: fines ranging from Dh30,000 to Dh1 million and imprisonment from three months to two years.
Consisting of 11 articles, the law covers offences like submitting and issuing bogus education certificates to secure jobs in the country or for certification or approval by competent authorities.
FNC members approved the new law in the presence of the Minister of Education, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi.
The draft law will be presented to the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for approval before being enforced into a law.