Simon’s Guide to United Arab Emirates Online Casinos and Land-based Venues

This is a picture of the Hyatt Hotel Andaz Capital Gate in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Under this picture, on this page, you can find a list of all terrestrial Emirati casinos, info about the legal status of gaming venues, slot halls, their taxation regime, licensing system, and you can find a list of UAE licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.

United Arab Emirates Casinos Guide (on the picture: Hyatt Hotel Andaz Capital Gate, in the capital, Abu Dhabi)

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in United Arab Emirates (also known as UAE, an oil rich Muslim country, infamous for obscene displays of wealth, and known as a luxury travel destination for the “born-into-wealth never had to work for it” types, with a population of 9.2 million, the country consists of 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in UAE, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

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Online casinos in the United Arab Emirates

Legal status of digital casinos in the United Arab Emirates: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Online casinos are officially illegal in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Constitution1 and the Penal Code2.

Some forms of gambling are legal in the UAE, these are:

  • lottery, raffles and online lottery, online raffles (e.g.: the Big Raffle of Abu Dhabi, Mahzooz, Emirates Draw)
  • betting on games of skill (very little is known of this category, the government keeps this under wraps, very little information is available online, games of skill could include: shooting games, trials of strength and some forms of sports betting)
  • horse and camel racing betting (horse and camel races are considered a game of skill, therefore betting on them is legal but only at the Nad Al Sheba and Jebel Ali race courses)

 

However, as you can see casino gambling is not among them (UPDATE 2022: not yet at least, casinos are being legalized in the Emirates, and the first casino is expected to open sometime in 2026, details can be found below, in the section about brick & mortar casinos).

Despite this some foreign international online casinos accept players from the United Arab Emirates (and they do so legally, explanation why this is legal for them  to dos so can be found below).

Locals theoretically could be prosecuted for placing bets over the internet, but in reality, if done in the privacy of one’s own home, discreetly, the authorities won’t target you, but it’s officially illegal.

The only documented time someone got a jail sentence for online gambling in the UAE is when some Asian migrant workers tried to operate an online gambling website from within the country, and even then only the organizers, the owners of the website were jailed3.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority implements an “Internet Access Management” policy4, which means that most of these unlicensed international internet gambling websites are blocked (but not all). This policy requires internet service providers to block access to websites providing illegal content or services, which includes, e.g.:

  • pornography;
  • anti religious content;
  • escort websites;
  • political content critical of the regime;
  • content made by enemies of the state;
  • terrorism;
  • drugs and prohibited substances;
  • and online gambling.

 

UPDATE 2021: Using VPNS to circumvent this blocking is a serious offence in United Arab Emirates5, punishable by up to Dh 500,000 – 2,000,000 fine (approx.: $ 136,000 – 545,000, £ 415,000, € 495,000). Do not use a VPN in the Emirates to access online gambling sites.

The authorities also block websites offering tools for bypassing the internet censorship, such as proxy servers or VPN websites.

UPDATE 2022: I added this section because you might be wondering:

How is it legal for online casinos to accept players from the United Arab Emirates? Isn’t it illegal?

It’s only illegal for Emirati citizens to play online. These foreign online gambling websites, which accept players from the UAE, are registered and licensed in foreign countries, and the Emirati laws only apply within the borders of the country (within the so called jurisdiction, they do not apply to these foreign gambling websites).

According to the local gambling laws of the countries in which these offshore gambling companies operate it’s perfectly legal to accept players from the United Arab Emirates.

But it’s not legal for Emirati citizens to place bets on these platforms. International law can be complicated, and enforcement is even more tricky, I hope this clears this up.

However, I officially do not recommend playing online from the United Arab Emirates, it’s illegal, and you should always act according to the laws of your country, even if it’s not enforced, play at your own risk.

By scrolling below you can find a list of online casinos, which accept UAE players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, tourists, expats (or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of the United Arab Emirates: N/A, online casino licenses are not issued in the United Arab Emirates.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in the United Arab Emirates: N/A, there is no specific online casino tax in the United Arab Emirates.

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in the United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates citizens don’t have to pay any extra tax on their winnings (taxes are paid by the businesses)

 

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Age requirement of United Arab Emirates online casinos: N/A, there is no officially set online casino gambling age, despite this, all online casinos require players to be 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of Emirati online casino gambling legislation:

1Constituteproject – United Arab Emirates’s Constitution of 1971 with Amendments through 2004 

2United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice – Penal Code

3The Filipino Times – Two jailed in Dubai for forcing people into electronic gambling

4Opennet Initiative – United Arab Emirates

5Arabianpost – Use of VPN banned in UAE, $545,000 fine if caught and AnonHQ – Dubai Police: Using A VPN Can Net You Extra Charges

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from the United Arab Emirates

The following online gambling websites accept players from the United Arab Emirates. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from the UAE, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it. Thank you.

 

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
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Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

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Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

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Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

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Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:
.

 

Land-based casinos in the United Arab Emirates

Legal status of casinos in the United Arab Emirates: illegal, players are prosecuted

 

Casinos are illegal in in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Constitution1 and the Penal Code2, just like in all neighbouring countries, e.g.: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain.

Games of chance are defined as the following, according to Emirati Penal Code:

games in which every party agrees to pay, in case of losing, to the other party, the winner, an amount of money or anything else agreed”.

This definition includes casino games, which are therefore illegal in all of the 7 emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain) of the country. Consequently there aren’t any casino in the UAE currently (and there were never any, despite all the fake news online).

UPDATE 2022: However, this won’t be the case for long6. Casino gambling is coming to the UAE in 2026.

Las Vegas based Wynn Resorts signed a deal with one of the sheikdoms of the United Arab Emirates for building a multibillion dollar casino resort complex, which will feature a casino (the authorities initially denied this and called it an online rumor, but they have officially acknowledged this in 2022).

The newly announced integrated resort is still in its early design phase and it is due for completion by 2026 by current estimates.

This new casino will likely trigger a casino building boom across the country. But for now anyone caught operating an illegal casino is severely punished4.

According to Chapter 6 Article 414 & 415 of the Emirati Penal Code:

  • Article 414:
    • The penalty shall be a jail sentence or a fine if the crime is committed in a public place or a place that is open to the public or in a gambling place or house.”
  • Article 415:
    • “Any person who opens or manages a gambling place intended to receive people, as well as any person who organizes such gambling game in a public place or a place that is open to the public or in any place or house provided for such purpose shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years and to a fine of not less than one hundred thousand dirhams (approx. € 25,000 or $ 30,000).”

 

This applies to tourists as well, and it is enforced even in case of tourists/foreigners/expats ignorant of the law (examples can be found below, in the sources3).

/Comment: Illegal gambling establishments are almost exclusively operated by migrants (who are worked to death, often literally, under the kafala system5) and expats and are visited mainly other foreigners, who try to make a quick buck. Locals are already well-off, they don’t have to try to get rick quick by operating illegal casinos./

The United Arab Emirates, especially the infamous Dubai, receives a surprisingly high number of visitors, considering the climate and just how expensive the county is.

UPDATE COVID-19: The number of visitors has fallen drastically because of the global pandemic, from 25 million per year to 8 million (and most people who still travel to the Emirates are expats and migrants, tourists entirely disappeared from the cities of the UAE).

If you want to know why not to fall for the fake advertisements, the propaganda machine of the UAE, the Instagram whores, and the many paid traveler bloggers on Youtube. Watch following documentary, which exposes some of the many things wrong with Dubai, and why you should avoid the Arabian Sin City, the parody of the 21.st century:

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in the United Arab Emirates?

N/A, there are no casinos in the Emirates yet.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of the United Arab Emirates: N/A, casino licenses are officially not issued in the UAE. However, somehow the Wynn Resorts multi billion dollar project will have a casino licence. This will probably result in development of some licensing process, but there isn’t one yet.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in the United Arab Emirates: N/A, there is no specific casino tax in Syria.

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in the United Arab Emirates: N/A, not officially determined.

 

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That's all, if you are interested, get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in the United Arab Emirates: N/A, no officially set gambling age

 

Sources, main pieces of the land-based casino legislation in the UAE:

1Constituteproject – United Arab Emirates’s Constitution of 1971 with Amendments through 2004 

2United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice – Penal Code

3TheNational – Men who organised gambling games in Dubai are fined and jailed

4The New Arab – Seven men jailed in Dubai for running ‘illegal gambling den’ and Gulf News – 16 jailed for online Casino and Poker

5Wikipedia – Kafala System

6US News – UAE Sheikhdom to Allow Gaming as Wynn Resorts Plans Project

 

List of all casinos in the United Arab Emirates

This is a list of all casinos in the United Arab Emirates, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment, if one is available.

N/A, there are no casinos in the UAE.

 

Other forms of online gambling in the United Arab Emirates

Even though online casino gambling is illegal in the UAE, the following forms of online gambling are actually legal in the country:

  • online lottery
  • online raffles
  • online keno

 

You can read more about the legal status of gambling the United Arab Emirates here.

 

Bitcoin casinos in the United Arab Emirates

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically addressed by the gambling legislation of the UAE.
However, bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, ripple and other cryptocurrencies are legal.

Players can use bitcoin and other virtual currencies freely online. If you are planning to place bets from the UAE it is recommended to use virtual currencies, because of the anonymous nature of digital crypto transactions (they are untraceable).

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from the United Arab Emirates.

 

The following casino websites accept players from the United Arab Emirates:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is the banner advertisement of the gambling website Miami Club, it displays the various bonuses and promotional offers currently available at the digital gambling website, including their terms and conditions and legally mandated player protection information. The picture acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the electronic wagering platforms, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, codes, promos and you can register and play if your over the age of 18 (you can try out the games for free, no registration is needed for the free to play mode).

Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:
.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about United Arab Emirates online casinos

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in the United Arab Emirates. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in the United Arab Emirates?

No, casinos are illegal in the United Arab Emirates. However, a new casino project was announced, which is expected to be completed. This means that at least in one of the sheikhdoms of the UAE casino gambling will be legalized in 2026 (mostly likely only tourists will be allowed to paly in the casino, but this is not certain yet).

Are online casinos legal in the United Arab Emirates?

No, online casinos are illegal in the United Arab Emirates.

Are there any casinos in the United Arab Emirates?

No, there aren't any casinos in the UAE.

Can I play in an online casino from the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, Emirati players can play in online casinos, which accept players from the country. However, keep in mind, even though players are not prosecuted for playing online, using such sites is technically illegal for UAE citizens, even if it is not enforced.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in the United Arab Emirates?


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Are there online casinos, which accept players from the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, the licensed international online casinos listed on this page accept players from the United Arab Emirates (you can see them above). However, keep in mind, even though this is not enforced and players are not prosecuted, playing in offshore internet casinos is technically illegal for the Emirati citizens.

Can tourists play in the casinos of the United Arab Emirates?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates.

Can tourists place bets in online casinos from the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, the casino gambling laws and regulations mentioned on this page only apply to locals, tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of the United Arab Emirates online casinos?

The age limit of both land-based and digital casinos is not officially set. There is no official gambling age in the United Arab Emirates. However, despite this, all online casinos require players to be at least 18.

Do casinos in the United Arab Emirates have dress codes?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates.

How much tax do I have to pay in the United Arab Emirates on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

Gambling winnings are considered prizes, not income, therefore they are not taxed.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in the United Arab Emirates?

No, online casino licenses are not issued in the United Arab Emirates (however, online lottery licenses are issued).

How many casinos are there in the United Arab Emirates?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates.

Do casinos in the United Arab Emirates have entrance fees?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates.

Which is the biggest casino in the United Arab Emirates?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates.

Which is the biggest casino group in the United Arab Emirates?

There are no casinos in the United Arab Emirates at the moment. However, the casino that is expected to open i n2026 is part of the US Wynn Resorts group..

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in the United Arab Emirates is part of Simon’s Global Online Casino Guide – with interactive map.

Last updated: 2022-06-05

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