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UAE Investigates Raffles, Lotteries

13 January 2004

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – As reported by the Gulf News: "The proliferation of raffles, lotteries and other competitions in the UAE are coming under the microscope to ensure they comply with the religious and cultural norms of the country.

"The National Consultative Council (NCC), chaired by Speaker Abdullah Mohammed Al Masaood, yesterday asked the government to clarify and review its rulings on raffles, lotteries, competitions and other promotions offering attractive prizes via telephone, radio and print media.

"Council members in a report said that most raffles and competitions are being offered in gambling form which are against the religious norms and Islamic Sharia…"

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