E-Cigarettes and Vaping is now legal in Dubai.


Dubai Government under the Dubai Economic Development (DED) has announced the launch of E-cigarette trading to be legal in Dubai. It has launched a new activity called “Electronic cigarettes & accessories trading” under the “Tobacco and Smoking accessories trading” group. This will allow the investors to have cigarette trading legally. These e-cigarettes are electronic devices that work by heating a liquid called e-juice, which generates vapor that the user inhales. These come under the category of Electronic cigarettes and accessories trading. These E-cigarettes help quit smoking by the user. The e-juice of E-cigarettes may or may not have nicotine and is done chiefly by vaping.

Legalizing E-cigarettes leads to shifting foreign investors’ business base to Dubai. This launch also shows the cultural adaptability that Dubai is keen on, making the country more synergized with the world. It has now opened the doors for many foreign investors to shift their business base to Dubai due to minimizing their taxes.

ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology) APPROVAL

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology department approved the E-cigarettes in Dubai on 15 April 2019.

The producer, packaging, distribution, and exchange of electronic- cigarette products should be first licensed by the Municipality of Dubai. One licensed with ESMA can be sold anywhere in UAE. Before registering the product, the buyer must have the certificate of free sale (CFS).

This approval is mandatory for ensuring no use of any banned substances, thus ensuring health and safety. This also discouraged the purchase of underrated products widely available online without the approval of ESMA.

This legalization from ESMA provides:

This move will also discourage the purchase of unregulated products available widely online. This new regulation will cover all standard electronic nicotine products used as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, such as electronic shisha, electronic cigarettes, electronic pipes, vaping devices & liquid refills.

With this initiative launched, all the manufacturers, wholesalers & retailers dealing in such products previously through some online channels need to get all their products approved through ESMA and start to trade legally.

Where can these licenses be issued?

The location of the shop/office is to be pre-approved by Dubai Municipality, following specific rules. The basic rules are that the shop or an office is not nearby a mosque or a school. It could also be issued in a mall or a marketplace.

E-cigarettes will also carry health warnings.

We at CLEVER CORP are all updated with the latest news and the regulations with the Licensing authorities &  Business Setup in Dubai. Feel free to reach us for expert advice. Contact us at +971-45-804048 and email us at  [email protected]  for more details on the above.

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