New Regulations: UAE Tightens Telemarketing Rules Via Phone Calls: Fines Up to Dh150,000

From mid-August 2024, companies need to obtain prior approval from competent authority

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on June 10, 2024, 15:39:23


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The UAE has introduced stricter regulations for telemarketing via phone calls, requiring companies to obtain prior approval from the competent authority. The new measures, effective from mid-August 2024, include administrative penalties such as warnings and fines of up to Dh150,000 for violators.

Key Points of the New Regulations

Prior Approval Required: Companies must obtain approval from the competent authority before engaging in telemarketing.
Individual Restrictions: Individuals are prohibited from making marketing calls using phones registered in their names. All marketing calls must come from phones registered with licensed telemarketing companies.

Calling Hours and Restrictions

  •  Marketing calls are only allowed between 9 am and 6 pm.
  •  Calling numbers on the Do Not Call Registry (DNCR) is strictly prohibited.
  •  Follow-up calls are banned if a consumer refuses a service or product on the first call.
  •  Only one call per day is permitted if the consumer does not answer or ends the call.

Consumer Rights and Protections

  •  Consumers can file complaints with the competent authority regarding any violations.
  •  The regulations emphasise transparency, credibility and integrity, prohibiting deceptive or pressuring tactics.
  •  Companies must maintain records of all marketing calls and provide data about their activities.

Penalties and Enforcement

  • Gradual penalties include warnings and fines of up to Dh150,000.
  • Severe violations can lead to suspension of activity, licence cancellation, removal from the commercial registry and disconnection of telecommunications services for up to one year.
  •  Specific fines are detailed for various violations, including:
    1 Dh75,000 for the first instance of not obtaining prior approval.
    2 Up to Dh150,000 for marketing to consumers on the DNCR.
    3 Fines for using unregistered phone numbers for marketing calls.

Oversight and Implementation

  • The Ministry of Economy, in coordination with the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) and other relevant entities, will oversee the implementation of these regulations.
  • Companies must adhere to professional conduct standards and ensure their marketing practices do not disturb consumers.
    These new regulations aim to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing practices, ensuring a higher quality of marketing activities within the UAE.

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