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DIFC Law No. 6, Nonprofit Incorporated Organizations Law

NON PROFIT INCORPORATED ORGANISATIONS LAW
DIFC LAW NO . 6 OF 201 2

Consolidated Version
(December 2013)

As Amended by

DIFC Law Amendment Law
DIFC Law No. 1 of 2013

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CONTENTS

PART 1: GENERAL ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …4
1. Title ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………… 4
2. Legislative Autho rity ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………… 4
3. Application of the Law ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………… 4
4. Date of enactment ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………………….. 4
5. Comme ncement ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………….. 4
6. Administration of the Law ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………. 4
7. Interpretation ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. .4
8. Conflict of laws ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………….. 4

PART 2: P URPOSE AND ACTIVITIE S ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ..5
9. Purpose and activities of an Incorporated Organisation ………………………….. ………………………….. 5
10. Restrictions ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …. 5
11. Capacity of an Incorporated Organisation ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………… 5

PART 3: FORMATION AN D REGISTRATION ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………. 6
12. Method of formation ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………………. 6
13. Ch arter of Organisation ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………….. 6
14. Registration ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …. 7
15. Effects of registration ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………….. 7
16 . Registered office and conduct of business ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………….. 8
17. Particulars in correspondence ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …….. 8
18. Name ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………. 8

PART 4: FINANCIAL RE SOURCES, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT ………………………….. ………………… 10
19. Financial Resources ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………… 10
20. Accounts ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …… 10
21. Accounting records ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………………. 10

PART 5: FOUNDING MEM BERS AND MEMBERS ………………………….. ………………………….. ………. 12
22. Members ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …… 12
23. Rights and l iabilities of Members ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. 12
24. Members’ Register ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………………. 12
25. The Board of an Incorporated Organisation ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………. 12

PART 6: REPORTING ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………. 14
26. Notices ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……… 14

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PART 7: DISSOLUTION ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………. 15
27. Voluntary dissolution ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………… 15
28. Dissolution by the Registrar ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …….. 15
29. Publication of dissolution ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………… 15
30. Distribution of surplus assets ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……. 15

PART 8: GENERAL CONT RAVENTION ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………. 17
31. General contraventions provision ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. 17
32. Involvement in contraventions ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …. 17
33. Administrative imposition of fines ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………… 18
34. Applications to the Court ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………. 19

PART 9: INSPECTIONS AND REMEDIES ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………. 20
35. Appointment of inspectors ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………. 20
36. Production of books, records and assistance ………………………….. ………………………….. …………… 20
37. Inspector’s reports ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………….. 20
38. Directions to an Incorporated Organisation ………………………….. ………………………….. …………….. 21

PART 10: MISCELLANEO US ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …………… 23
39. The power to make Regulations ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ..23
40. Publication by the Registrar ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. …….. 23
41. Waivers and modification of Law or Regulations ………………………….. ………………………….. ……. 23
42. Application of the Insolvency Law ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………….. 24
43. Obligation of disclosure to the Registrar ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………… 25
44. Disclosures to the Registrar ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……… 25
45. Public Register ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ……………………….. 26
46. Lang uage ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ….. 26
47. Fees ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………….. 26
48. Provisions for existing non profit Companies ………………………….. ………………………….. …………. 26

SCHEDULE 1………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………… 27
SCHEDULE 2 ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………………………….. ………… 32

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PART 1: GENERAL

1. Title
This Law may be cited as the “Non Profit Incorporated Organisations Law 201 2”.
2. Legislative Authority
The Law is made by the Ruler of Dubai.
3. Application of the Law
This law applies in the jurisdiction of the DIFC.
4. Date of enactment
The Law is enacted on the date specified in the Enactment Notice in respect of this Law.
5. Commencement
The Law comes into force on the date specified in the Enactment Notice in respect of this Law.
6. Administration of the Law
This Law and any legislation made for the purposes of this Law are administered by the
Registrar.
7. Interpretation
The Schedule contains:
(a) interpretative provisions that apply to the Law; and

(b) a list of defined terms used in the Law.
8. Conflict of laws
To the extent any provision in this Law conflicts with a provision of a DIFC law administered by
DFSA, the latter provision shall prevail.

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PART 2: PURPOSE AND ACTIVITIES

9. Purpose and activities of an Incorporated Organisation
(1) An Incorporated Organisation is prohibited from carrying on any activities other than the
Authorised Purposes which shall not be contrary to the UAE public interest and public
morals.
(2) For the purpose of this Law, an Incorporated Organisation shall not undertake any
Financial Services prescribed in the General Module of the DFSA Rulebook.
(3) If an Incorporated Organisation undertakes any activities outside of those contained in
the definition of Authorised Purposes, the Registrar shall, after the giving of notice to the
Incorporated Organisation and the lapse of a reasonable period as determined by the
Registrar, be entitled to revoke the status of the Organisation as an Incorporated
Organisation and may strike off the Incorporated Organisation in accordance with Article
28 .
10. Restrictions
(1) For the purposes of this Law, an Incorporated Organisation shall not be formed to carry
on activities for the purpose of commercial or financial gain for its Founding Members or
Members or former Founding Members or Members .

(2) An Incorporated O rganisation shall not distribute profits or revenues from its activities to
its Founding Members or Members or former Founding Members or Members .

(3) The revenues generated from the activities of the Incorporated Organisation shall be used
for the following purposes:
(a) to fund the operations of the Incorporated Organisation in relation to its
Authorised Purposes; and
(b) other purposes which are in compliance with this Law and are approved by the
Registr ar of Companies.
11. Capacity of an Incorporated Organisation
An Incorporated Organisation is a body corporate with a legal personality separate from that of
its Founding Members and Members which is formed by being incorporated under Part 3 of this
Law.

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PA RT 3: FORMATION AND REGISTRATION

12. Method of formation
(1) Three or more Founding Members may apply for the Incorporation of an Incorporated
Organisation by signing and filing with the Registrar, an application for incorporation in
the manner prescribed in the Regulations.
(2) The application filed with the Registrar under Article 11(1) shall be signed by the
Founding Members and shall include:
(a) the name of the Incorporated Organisation;
(b) the address of the Incorporated Organisation’s registered office;
(c) the Authorised Purposes of the Incorporated Organisation;
(d) a declaration signed by each of the Founding Members that the Incorporated
Organisation shall solely carry on Authorised Purposes;
(e) the full name, nationality and address of each of the Founding Members;
(f) the Charter of Organisation; and
(g) such other particulars as the Registrar may require.
(3) The fees for the incorporation and the manner of payment are prescribed in the
Regulations.
13. Charter of Organisation
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall adopt a Charter of Organisation which shall be in the
English language and contain the following:
(a) matters contemplated by this Law and the Regulations;
(b) such other matters as the Founding Members wish to include in the Charter of
Organisation, provided that there is no pro vision which is c ontrary or inconsistent
with this Law or the Regulations.

(2) The Board of Directors of the DIFC Authority may prescribe in the Regulations model
provisions to be known as the Standard Charter, and an Incorporated Organisation may,
for its Charter of Organisation, adopt the whole or any part of such Standard Charter as
are applicable to th at Incorporated O rganisation.

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(3) If the Standard Charter has not been adopted in its entirety, the Registrar shall be entitled
to object to any amendments to the Standard Charter if such amendment is not in line
with the Authorised Purposes of an Incorporated Organisation or any other ma tter
prescribed in the Law or the Regulations.
(4) Subject to the provision of this Law, an Incorporated Organisation may by Special
Resolution amend its Charter of Organ isation
(5) Any amendment to the Charter of Organisation shall be submitted to the Registrar
together with a written legal opinion from an external qualified lawyer stating that the
proposed amendments to the Charter of Organisation comply with the requirement s if the
Law prior to such amendments taking effect.
14. Registration
(1) The Registrar may refuse to register an Incorporated Organisation for such reason as he
believers to be proper grounds for refusing such registration.
(2) Where the Registrar refuses to regist er an Incorporated Organisation he shall not be
bound to provide any reason for his refusal and his decision shall not be subject to appeal
or review in court.
(3) No person shall carry on activities as an Incorporated Organisation in or from the DIFC
unless a nd until such person has been duly permitted to do so by the Registrar. Due
permission by the Registrar for these purposes sh all be conclusive evidenced by the
issuance to such person by the Registrar of a certificate of incorporation along with a
Licen ce as provided for in the Regulations.
15. Effects of registration
On the registration of an Incorp orated Organisation and the Char ter of Organisation, the Registrar
shall:
(a) issue a certificate that the Incorporated Organi sation is incorporated and such certificate
shall expressly set out the status of the Incorporated Organisation as a “Non Profit
Incorporated Organisation”;
(b) assign to the Incorporated Organisation a number, which shall be the Incorporated
Organisation’s registered number; and
(c) issu e a Licence.

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16. Registered office and conduct of business
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall at all times have a registered office in the DIFC to
which all communications and notices may be delivered.

(2) An Incorporated Organisation shall carry on its activities in the DIFC.

(3) A document may be served on the Incorporated Organisation by leaving it at, or sending
it by post to, the registered office of the Incorporated Organisation.
17. Particulars in correspo ndence
The name of the Incorporated Organisation and the address of the registered office shall appear in
legible characters in all its correspondence.
18. Name
(1) Subject to the Law, the name of an Incorporated Organisation, as approved by the
Registrar shall:
(a) appear in legible characters on the common seal of the Incorporated
Organisation, and on every business letter, statement of account, invoice, official
notice , publication or any other instrument issued by the Incorporated
Organisation, including communica tions through electronic means; and
(b) have the phrase “Non -Profit Organisation” as part of or at the end of its name or
any visible part of the instruments referenced in Article 18(1).
(2) The Founding Members of an Incorporated Organisation may, by Special R esolution,
change its name provided the new name is acceptable to the Registrar.
(3) Where an Incorporated Organisation changes its name under this Article, the Registrar
shall enter the new name on the register in place of the former name, and shall issue a
certificate of name change showing the previous name and the new name of the
Incor porated Organisation.
(4) The name change will take effect from the date on which the Registrar issues the
certificate of name change.
(5) In the event that an Incorporated Organisation changes its name under this Article, it shall
amend its Charter of Organisation in order to reflect such change any time within 30 days
from the date the Registrar issues the certificate of name change or within such longer
period as the Registrar may allow.

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(6) A change of name by an Incorporated Organisation under this Law does not affect any
rights or obligations of the Incorporated Organisation or render defective any legal
proceedings by or against it and any legal proceedings that might have been continued or
commenced against it by its former name may be continued o r commenced under its new
name.
(7) If in the opinion of the Registrar, the name by which an Incorporated Organisation is
registered is misleading, conflicting or otherwise undesirable, he may direct the
Incorporated Organisation to change it and the Inc orporated Organisation shall comply
with such direction within 30 days.

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PART 4: FINANCIAL RE SOURCES, ACCOUNTS AN D AUDIT

19. Financial Resources
The financial resources of an Incorporated Organisation shall consist of the following:
(a) Fees collected by the Incorporated Organisation for services provided to the members .
(b) Grants and donations received by the Incorporated Organisation and accepted by its
Board .
(c) Any other resources approved by its Board in accordance with the Law and Regulations.
20. Accounts
(1) The Founding Members of an Incorporated Organisation shall cause accounts to be
prepared in relation to each financial year of the Inco rporated Organisation within six
months after the end of the financial year.
(2) The accounts shall be prepared in accordance wi th accounting principles or standards
approved by the Registrar or prescribed in the Regulations and sha ll show a true and fair
view of the financial position of the Incorporated Organisation.
(3) The accounts shall be approved by the Founding Members and sig ned on their behalf by
at least two Founding Members.
(4) The accounts shall be examined and reported upon by an auditor registered under the
Companies Law 2009 .
(5) An Incorporated Organisation shall file its annual audited accounts with the Registrar
within seve n days after the accounts have been approved by the Founding Members and
reported upon by an auditor.
21. Accounting r ecords
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall keep account records which are sufficient to show
and explain its transactions and are such as:
(a) to disclose with reasonable accuracy the financial position of the Incorporated
Organisation at any time; and
(b) to enable the Founding Members and the Board to ensure that any accounts
prepared by the Incorporated Organisation under this Part comply with the
requirements of the Law and the Regulations.

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(2) The accounting records of an Incorporated Organisation shall be:
(a) kept at such a place within the DIFC as the Founding Members think fit unless
specifically prescribed in the Regulations;
(b) preserved by the Incorp orated Organisation for at least ten years from the date to
which they relate, or for some other period as prescribed in the Regulations; and
(c) at all reasonable times, open to inspection by the Founding Members of the
Incorporated Organisation.

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PART 5: FOUNDING MEMBERS AND MEMBERS

22. Members
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall have Founding Members and Members.
(2) The Charter of Organisation shall define who may become a Founding Member or a
Member of the Incorporated Organisation in accordance with the Law and the
Regulations.
(3) Founding Members, in exercising their powers and discharging their duties, shall act
honestly, in good faith and in the best interest of the Incorporated Organisation and shall
exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in
comparable circumstances.
(4) A person may not be a Founding Member and a Member at the same time in the same
Incorporated Organisation.
23. Rights and liabilities of Members
(1) Subject to the provisions of the Law, a Member of an Incorporated Organisation shall
not, by reason only of being a Member, be liable to contribute towards the payment of the
debts and liabilities of the Incorporated Organisation or the costs, charges and expenses
of the winding up of the Incorporated Or ganisation.
(2) For the purposes of an Incorporated Organisation, membership of an Incorporated
Organisation does not confer upon a Founding Member any right, title or interest,
whether legal or equitable, in the property of the Incorporated Organisation.
24. Memb ers’ Register
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall maintain an up to date register of Founding Members
and Members in the manner prescribed in the Regulations.
(2) The Member’s register shall, during business hours, be open to the inspection of any
Founding Memb er or Member of the Incorporated Organisation or any other person.
25. The Board of an Incorporated Organisation
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall be managed by a Board composed solely of Founding
Members, who shall be UAE residents.

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(2) The Charter of Organis ation will determine the number, term, method of selection, and
the powers of the Board.
(3) The Board may appoint a person to be the agent of the Incorporated Organisation and
such person shall be a UAE resident.
(4) The Board may delegate any of its powers to an y person it deems appropriate.

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PART 6: REPORTING

26. Notices
The Incorporated Organisation shall file a notice of any of the following changes within one
month of the relevant change using the applicable form as prescribed by the Registrar:
(a) any change to its registered office or office details (address, telephone number, fax
number etc);
(b) any change to it s Founding Members;
(c) any change to its name; or
(d) any change in its Authorised Purposes.

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PART 7: DISSOLUTION

27. Voluntary dissolution
The Founding Members may agree through a Special Resolution for the voluntary dissolution of
an Incorporated Organisation provided there are no outstanding liabilities owed by the
Incorporated Organisation.
28. Dissolution by the Registrar
(1) If the Registrar has reason to believe that:
(a) an Incorporated Organisation is acting in contravention of this Law and the
Regulations; or
(b) it is prejudicial to the interest of the DIFC for an Incorporated Organisation to
remain on the register,
he may give notice to the Incorporated Organisation that at the conclusion of three
months from the date of the notice, the Incorporated Organisation shall be struck off the
register unless reason is shown to the contrary.
(2) If by the end of the three months period, the Registrar has not received from the
Incorp orated Organisation or any other third party sufficient reason as to why the
Incorporated Organisation should not be struck off the register, the Registrar may strike
the name of the Incorporated Organisation off the register and the Incorporated
Organisat ion shall be dissolved.
29. Publication of dissolution
The Registrar of Companies shall publish the dissolution of an Incorporated Organisation on the
website of the DIFC.
30. Distribution of surplus assets
(1) Subject to the Insolvency Law 2009, an Incorporated Organisation shall not distribute
any surplus assets available for distribution at the completion of the dissolution of the
Incorporated Organisation under this Part to any:
(a) Founding Member or Member or former Founding Member or Member of the
Incorporated Organisation; or

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(b) person to be held on trust for any Founding Member or Member or former
Founding Member or Member of the Incorporated Organisation.

(2) The distribution of surplus assets would be determined by a liquidator and approved by
the Registrar after consultation with the Board of the Incorporated Organisation and
liquidator.

(3) Notwithstanding Article 30(2), surplus assets or any part of those surplus assets that
consist of assets supplied by a government department or public authority, including any
un expended portion of a grant, shall be returned to that department or authority or to a
body nominated by that department or authority.

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PART 8: GENERAL CONT RAVENTION

31. General contraventions provision
(1) A person who:
(a) does an act or thing that the person is p rohibited from doing by or under an
Article of this Law referred to in Schedule 2;
(b) does not do an act or thing that the person is required or dire cted to do under an
Article of this Law referred to in Schedule 2; or
(c) otherwise contravenes an Article of th is Law referred to in Schedule 2;
commits a contravention of this Law.
(2) Under this Article, ‘pe rson’ does not include the DIFCA , Registrar, DFSA or President.
32. Involvement in contraventions
(1) If a person is knowingly concerned in a contravention of the Law or Regulations or other
legislation administered by the Registrar committed by another person, the
aforementioned person as well as the other person commits a contravention and is liable
to be proceeded against and dealt with accordingly.
(2) Without limiting the generality of Article 32 (1) , if an officer of an Incorporated
Organisation is knowingly concerned in a contravention of the Law or Regulations or
other legislation administered by the Registrar committed by an Incorporated
Organisation, the officer as well as the Incorporated Organisation commits a
contravention and is liable to be proceeded against and dealt with accordingly.
(3) For the purposes of this Article, “officer” means a Founding Member, agent , secretary or
other similar officer of the Incorporat ed Organisation, or a person purporting to act in
such capacity.
(4) For the purposes of this Article, a person is ‘knowingly concerned’ in a contravention if,
and only if, the person:
(a) has aided, abetted, counselled or procured the contravention;
(b) has induced, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, the contravention;
(c) has in any way, by act or omission, directly or indirectly, been knowingly
involved in or been party to, the contravention; or

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(d) has conspired with another or others to effect the contravention.
(e) has, alone or in concert with others, directly or indirectly, done, attempted or
planned to conceal the existence or extent or nature of a contravention; or
obstruct, impede or prevent competent authorities within the DIFC from
detecting, investigating or prosecuting a contravention.
(5) In this Article, ‘person’ does not include the DIFCA, Registrar, DFSA or President.
33. Administrative imposition of fines
(1) The Board of Directors of the DIFC Authority shall prescribe in Regulations procedures
in relation to the imposition and recovery of fines under this Article.

(2) Where the Registrar considers that a person has contravened a provision of the Law
referred to in Schedule 2 and in relation to which a fine is stipulated in that Schedule, it
may impose by written noti ce given to the person a fine, in respect of the contravention,
of such amount as it consider s appropriate but not exceeding the amount of the maximum
fine specified in Schedule 2 in respect of each contravention.

(3) If, within the period specified in the notice:
(a) the person pays the prescribed fine to the Registrar, then no proceedings may be
commenced by the Registrar against the person in respect of the relevant
contravention; or
(b) the person takes such action as is p rescribed in the Regulations to object to the
imposition of the fine or has not paid the prescribed fine to the Registrar, then the
Registrar may apply to the Court for, and the Court may so order, the payment of
the fine or so much of the fine as is not p aid and make any further order as the
Court sees fit for recovery of the fine.
(4) A certificate that purports to be signed by the Registrar and states that a written notice
was given to a person pursuant to Paragraph (2) imposing a fine on the basis of specif ic
facts is:
(a) conclusive evidence of the giving of the notice to the person; and
(b) prima facie evidence of the facts contained in the notice;
in any proceedings commenced under Article 33 (3) .

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34. Application s to the Court
The powers of the Court in relation to applications are contained in Articles 133 and 134 of the
Companies Law 2009.

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PART 9: INSPECTIONS AND REMEDIES

35. Appointment of i nspectors
(1) The Registrar may, should he consider it necessary or desirable in the pursuit of his
objectives, appoint one or more Inspectors to investigate the affairs of an Incorporated
Organisation and to submit such written report as the Registrar may direct.
(2) Insp ectors appointed under Article 35(1) may, with the consent of the Registrar, also
investigate and report on the affairs of another company that is or was related to the
Incorporated Organisation in respect of which they were initially appointed.
36. Productio n of books, records and assistance
(1) If inspectors, appointed under Article 35, suspect that any person may be in possession of
books, records or information relevant to the investigation, they may require such person;
(a) to produce any books and records in his custody or power relating to the affairs
of the Incorporated Organisation;
(b) to attend before them at reasonable times and on reasonable notice and answer all
questions put to them relevant to the affairs of the Incorporated Organisation; and
(c) to give rea sonable assistance to them in connection with the investigation.
(2) If Inspectors appointed under Article 35 have reasonable grounds for suspecting that a
Founding Member or past Founding Member of an Incorporated Organisation maintains
or has maintained a ba nk account of any description, whether alone or jointly with
another person, into or out of which has been paid money which is in any way related to
the affairs of the Incorporated Organisation the subject of investigation, the Inspectors
may require the F ounding Member to obtain and produce all books and records in his
custody or power relating to the bank account.
(3) A person in respect of whom a requirement is made by an Inspector pursuant to Article
36(1) or (2) shall comply with that requirement.
37. Inspect or’s reports
(1) The Inspectors shall make a written report to the Registrar at the conclusion of their
investigation.
(2) The Inspectors shall make such interim reports, if any, to the Registrar that the Registrar
may require.

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(3) The Registrar may, upon receipt o f a report by an Inspector, do any one or more of the
following:
(a) provide a copy to the Incorporated Organisation to which the report related with
or without a direction that it be disclosed to the Founding Members; or
(b) cause the report to be published.
38. Directions to an Incorporated Organisation
(1) If an Incorporated Organisation or any officer of it fails to comply with:
(a) a provision of this Law or of the Regulations or of any Legislation administered
by the Registrar; or
(b) a requirement made by the Registrar pursuant to any power under such Law,
Regulations, or other legislation;
which requires either or both of them to deliver to or file with the Registrar any
document, or to give notice to him of any matter, the Registrar may issue a direction that
the Inc orporated Organisation or any officer of it or both of them make good the failure
within a time specified in the direction.
(2) If an Incorporated Organisation or any officer of it fails to comply with a provision of
this Law or of the Regulations or of any le gislation administered by the Registrar which
requires either or both of them to comply with a lawful requirement in relation to another
person, the Registrar may issue a direction that the Incorporated Organisation or any
officer of it or both of them mak e good the failure within a time specified in the direction.
(3) If the Registrar considers that the Incorporated Organisation or any officer of it has failed
to comply with the direction, he may apply to the Court for one or more of the following
orders:
(a) an order directing the Incorporated Organisation or officer to comply with the
direction or with any provision of the Law or of the Regulations or of any
legislation administered by the Registrar relevant to the issue of the direction;
(b) an order directing the I ncorporated Organisation or officer to pay any costs
incurred by the Registrar or other person relating to the issue of the direction by
the Registrar or the contravention of such Law, Regulations or legislation
relevant to the issue of the direction; or
(c) any other order that the Court considers appropriate.

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(4) Nothing in this Article prejudices the operation of any Article imposing penalties on a
Incorporated Organisation or any officer of it in respect of a failure mentioned above, nor
any powers that the Reg istrar or other person or the Court may have under any other
provision of the Law.

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PART 10: MISCELLANEOUS

39. The power to make Regulations
The Board of the DIFC Authority may make Regulations for the purposes of this Law pursuant to
the powers conferred upon it under Article 140 of the Companies Law 2009.
40. Publication by the Registrar
(1) The Registrar shall make available to the public without u ndue delay after their making
or issuing:
(a) Regulations made by the Board of Directors of the DIFCA; and
(b) Guidance in the form of:
(i) guidance made and issued by the Registrar under the Law; and
(ii) a standard or code of practice issued by the Registrar under the La w
which has not been incorporated into the Regulations.
(2) The Registrar may publish in such form and manner as it regards appropriate information
and statements relating to the practices and procedures of the Registrar, decisions of the
Court, and any other matters which the Registrar considers relevant to the conduct of
affairs in the DIFC.
(3) Publications made under this Article may be provided with or without charge as the
Board of Directors of the DIFC Authority may determine.

41. Waivers and modification of La w or Regulations
(1) In this Article, a reference to a “relevant provision” is a reference to:
(a) any provision of the Law which is expressed to be subject to this Article; or
(b) any provision of the Regulations.
(2) The Registrar may:
(a) on the application of a person; or
(b) with the consent of a person;
by means of a written notice provide that one or more relevant provision either:
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(d) shall apply to such person with such modifications as are set out in the written
notice.
(3) A written notice may be given subject to conditions.
(4) A person to whom a condition specified in a written notice applies must comply with the
condition. In the event of failure to comply with a condition, the Registrar may, without
limiting any other powers that he may have, apply to the Court for an order, including an
order that the person must comply with the condition in a specified way.
(5) Unless the Registrar is satisfied that it is inappropriate or unnecessary to do so, he must
publish a written notice in such a way as he considers appropriate for bringing the notice
to the attention of:
(a) those likely to be affected by it; and
(b) others who may be likely to become subject to a similar notice.
(6) The Registrar may:
(a) on his own initiative or on the application of th e person to whom it applies,
withdraw a written notice; or
(b) on the application of, or with the consent of, the person to whom it applies, vary
a written notice.
(7) The Board of Directors of the DIFCA may make Regulations in connection with the
provision of a w ritten notice under this Article, including Regulations prescribing
procedures for the making of applications and providing of consents.

42. Application of the Insolvency Law
The Insolvency Law shall apply to an Incorporated Organisation, except where the context
otherwise requires, with the following modifications:
(a) reference to a Company shall include references to an Incorporated Organisation;
(b) references to a director or an officer of a Company shall include references to a
Founding Member;
(c) references to other provisions of the Companies Law shall include references to those
provisions as they apply to an Incorporated Organisation in accordance with this Law;
(d) references to the articles of a Company shall include references to the Charter of
Organisation of an Incorporated Organisation;
(e) references to a meeting of a Company shall include references to a meeting of the
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(f) such further modifications as the context requires for the purpose of giving effect to
that legisl ation as applied by this Law.

43. Obligation of disclosure to the Registrar
(1) Subject to Article 43 (2) , an Incor porated Organisation or an auditor of an Incorporated
Organisation shall disclose to the Registrar any matter which reasonably tends to show
one of the following:
(a) a contravention, or likely contravention of a provision of the Law or
Regulations or other le gislation administered by the Registrar;
(b) a failure, or likely failure, to comply with any obligation to which a person is
subject under such legislation; or
(c) any other matter as the Board of Directors of the DIFCA may prescribe in
Regulations;
which may be attributable to the conduct of the relev ant Incorporated Organisation or
its officers, employees or agents.

(2) Article 43 (1) shall not apply to the extent that compliance with such requirement would
disclose a Privileged Communication.
(3) An Incorporated Organisation shall establish and implement appropriate systems a nd
internal procedures to enable its compliance with Article 43 (1) .
(4) Any prov ision in an agreement between an Incorporated Organisation and an office r,
employee, agent or auditor is void in so far as it purports to hinder any per son from
causing or assisting an Incorporated Organisation to comply with an obligation under
Article 43 (1) .
(5) No person shall be subjected to detriment or loss or damage merely by reason of
undertaki ng any act to cause or assist an Incorporated Organisation to comply wi th an
obligation under Article 43 (1) .
(6) A Court may, on application of an aggrieved person, make any order for relief where
the person has been subjected to any such detriment or loss or damage referred to in
Article 43 (5) .
44. Disclosures to the Registrar
A person is neither liable to a proceeding, nor subject to a liability, nor in breach of any duty,
merely by reason of the giving of information or production of a document by the person to the
Registrar:

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(b) in reasonable belief that the information or document is relevant to any functions of the
Registrar;
whether such information or document is given or produced pursuant to a r equirement at law or
otherwise.

45. Public Register
(1) The Regis trar shall publish and maintain a register of current and past registrations of
Incorporated Organisations in such manner as may be prescribed in the Regulations.
(2) The Registrar shall make a reasonably current version of any register maintained
under this A rticle freely available for viewing by the public during the normal business
hours of the Registrar.
46. Language
The Registrar may require communication to which it is a party to be conducted in the English
language.

47. Fees
(1) An Incorporated Organisation shall pay the fees applicable to an Incorporated
Organisation, including annual licensing fees, as prescribed in the Regulations.
(2) For the avoidance of doubt, the DIFC Operating Regulations (OR) shall not apply to
Incorporated Organisations.
48. Provisions for existing non profit Companies
(1) A non profit Company in existence at the date of entry into force of this Law shall not be
required to re -incorporate as an Incorporated Organisation under this Law provided it
complies wit h this Law and has obtained the written approval of the Registrar.
(2) The Registrar may require a non profit Company to do any act or thing, including
amending its articles of association, to ensure compliance with this Law and the
Regulations.

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SCHEDULE 1
1. Rules of Interpretation
(1) In this Law, a reference to:
(a) a statutory provision includes a reference to the statutory provision as amended
or re -enacted from time to time;
(b) a person includes any natural person, body corporate or body unincorporate,
including a company, partnership, unincorporated association, government or
state;
(c) an obligation to publish or cause to be published a particular document shall,
unless expressly provided otherwise in this Law, include publishing or caus ing it
to be published in printed or electronic form;
(d) unless stated otherwise, a day means a calendar day. If an obligation falls on a
calendar day which is either a Friday or a Saturday or an official UAE holiday in
the DIFC, the obligation shall ta ke place on the next calendar day which is a
business day ;
(e) a year shall mean a year of the Gregorian calendar;
(f) the masculine gender includes the feminine;
(g) “dollar” or “$” is a reference to United States Dollars unless the contrary
intention appears.
(2) The headings in the Law shall not affect its interpretation.
2. Legislation in the DIFC
References to legislation in the Law shall be construed in accordance with the following
provisions:
(a) Federal Law is law made by the federal government of the United Arab Emirates;
(b) Dubai Law is law made by the government of the Emirate of Dubai;
(c) DIFC Law is law made by the Ruler of Dubai;
(d) the Law is the Non Profit Organisations Law, DIFC Law No. 6 of 201 2, made by the
Ruler of Dubai;

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(e) the Regulations are legislation made by the Board of Directors of the DIFC Authority and
are binding in nature.

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3. Defined Terms
In the Law, unless the context indicates otherwise, the defined terms listed below shall have the
corresponding meanings:
Terms Definition
Authorised Purposes Means the purpose s for which an Incorporated
Organisation can, subject to DIFC laws and
regulations , carry out activities under this Law . The
purpose shall be limited to the following:
(a) professional and f inancial services or ganisations
to the extent that their scope is not considered as
providing Financial Services as prescribed in the
General Module of the DFSA Rulebook; and

(b) any other ancillary purposes related to promotion
and development of financial services and related
activities subject to the approval and discretion of
the Registrar.
Board Means the governing body of the Incorporated
Organisation composed of Founding Members.
Charter of Organisation Means the Charter of Organisation of an Incorporated
Organisation as filed with the Registrar .
Companies Law Means the Companies Law 2009.
Company Has the same meanings given to it under the
Companies Law.
Court The DIFC Courts as established under Dubai Law.
DFSA Means the Dubai Financial Services Authority
established under Dubai Law .
DIFC Means the Dubai International Financial Centre.
DIFC Authority The Dubai International Financial Centre A uthor ity
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Financial Services Has the meaning prescribed in the General module of
the DFSA Rulebook.
Founding Member (1) Means a person that :
(a) has signed the application to incorporate an
Incorporated Organisation in the DIFC; or

(b) has been appointed by Special Resolution of
the Board as a Founding Member.
(2) A Founding Member shall be resident in the UAE.
General Meeting A meeting of the Founding Members of an
Incorporated Organisation. A General Meeting may
be called by at least 21 days’ notice in writing by any
Founding Member.
Incorporated Organisation Means a non -profit organisation which is incorporated
in the DIFC pursuant to this Law.
Insolvency Law Means the Insolvency Law, DIFC Law No. 3 of 2009
as amended from time to time and it includes any
regulations made under such law.
Law the Non Profit Incorporated Organisations Law 2011.
Licence Means the licence issued by the Registrar in
accordance with the Regulations.
Member Means a person that has been accepted as a member in
the Incorporated Organisation in accordance with the
Charter of Organisation and has paid the due
membership fees up to date. A Member shall not be
involved in the management of the Incorporated
Organisation.
Registrar Means the Registrar of Companies as defined in the
Companies Law 2009.
Regulations Means the Regulations made under this Law by the
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binding in nature
Ruler The Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai .
Standard Charter Means the standard charter of an Incorporated
Organisatio n prescribed in the Reg ulations.
Special Resolution Means a resolution passed by the votes of Founding
Members holding membership rights representing more
than 75% of the total memberships of the Organisation
present at the meeting or, where proxies are allowed,
by proxy, at a General Meeting for which notice
specifying the intention to propose the resolution has
been duly given.
UAE Means the United Arab Emirates .

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SCHEDULE 2

CONTRAVENTIONS WITH FINES STIPULATED
Article of the
Law creating
contravention
General nature of contravention Maximum
fine
9(1) Incorporated Organisation carries on purposes other than
Authorised Purposes
US$ 25,000
10(1) Incorporated Organisation carries on activities for the
purposes of commercial or financial gain
US$ 25,000
10(2) Incorporated Organisation distributes profi ts or revenues
from its activities to Founding Members or Members
US$ 10,000
16(1) Failure to maintain a registered office in the DIFC US$ 2,000
17 Failure to have the name of the Incorporated Organisation
on correspondence
US$ 1,000
18(2) Failure to have the phrase “Non -Profit Organisation” on
company instruments
US$ 1,000
20(1) Failure to prepare accounts within the prescribed period US$ 10,000
20(3) Failure to approve and sign accounts US$ 10,000
20(4) Failure to have the accounts examined and reported on by
an auditor
US$ 10,000
20(5) Failure to file annual audited accounts within the US$ 5,000

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prescribed period
21(1) Failure to keep accounting records US$ 15,000
21(2)(a) or (b) Non -compliant maintenance of accounting records US$ 2,000
21(2)(c) Failure to keep accounting records open to inspection US$ 1,000
24 Failure to keep a register of Members US$ 2,000
25 Failure to report US$ 5,000
38 Failure comply with a direction of the Registrar US$25,000

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