United Arab Emirates - Commercial Guide
Labeling/Marking Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.

Last published date: 2020-09-12

Labeling requirements in the UAE apply to all regulated products. Specific labeling requirements are stated in the regulation and/or the applicable standards:

  • Warning labels on toys are required to be in Arabic or in Arabic and English.
  • Cigarette packages require a special health warning in Arabic.
  • Labeling requirements for energy efficiency for air conditioning units and appliances.

In 2019, ESMA began to concentrate efforts on new sectors and industries to match the wider government’s drive for further economic diversification. Some of these new sectors include:

  • Government services.
  • Maintenance services.
  • Health services.
  • Delivery.
  • Food security, including agricultural sustainability and hydroponics.
  • Construction.
  • Technology and smart systems.
  • Supply of spare parts.

ESMA implements the EQM, a certificate valid for three years that indicates conformity granted to products that comply with relevant UAE national standards, regional (GCC/GSO) and/or international standards and are manufactured under an effective Quality Management System. The EQM is mandatory for bottled drinking water.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Interested companies can find a list of regulated products for reference. The national standards are numbered and published on the official gazette and can be downloaded from the Standards Store.

Resources

Contact Information

Following is the contact address of ESMA’s head office and the various divisions within the organization:

 

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)

Abu Dhabi

P.O. Box 2166, Abu Dhabi - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: customercare@esma.gov.ae

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)

Dubai

P.O. Box 48666, Dubai - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: customercare@esma.gov.ae


Emirates National Accreditation Department

Abu Dhabi

Old Airport Road Ministry of Climate Change & Environment Building, Abu Dhabi - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 2 403 2772
Email: customercare-enas@enas.gov.ae

Dubai

Sheikh Rashid Rd Business Avenue Building, Dubai - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: customercare-enas@enas.gov.ae

Conformity Affairs Department
P.O. Box 48666, Dubai - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 4 294 1898
Emailconformity@esma.gov.ae

Metrology Department
P.O. Box 48666, Dubai - UAE
Phone: +971 600-565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: metrology@esma.gov.ae 

Trade Shows and Exhibitions

SIAL Middle East
Date: September 8-10, 2020
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center

Gitex Technology
Date: December 6-10, 2020
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

World Future Energy Summit (WFES)
Date: January 18-20, 2021
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center

Gulf Food
Date: February 21-25, 2021
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5
Date: September 12-15, 2021
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre