Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law on the formation of ‘Irada’ Rehab and Treatment Centre

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a law forming the ‘Irada’ Rehab and Treatment Centre, an initiative aimed at supporting UAE and Dubai policies for combating and preventing drug addiction, raising awareness of the harmful effects of drug addiction and promoting a drug-free society.

As per the new law, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makoum issued an executive council resolution forming the Board of Directors of the ‘Irada’ Rehab and Treatment Centre’ under the Chairmanship of Dr. Abdulqader Ibrahim Al-Khayat. Members of the Board include Dr. Mohammad Shahin, the Vice Chairman; Khalid Rashid Al Thani; Afra Rashid Al Basti; Ibrahim Mohammed Abdulla; and Mohammed Saif Al Meqbali. The Board will serve for a three-year renewable term.

Pursuant to the law, the new Centre will develop policies for rehabilitation and treatment programmes and develop strategies for implementing these policies. It will also develop specialised programmes in line with international best practices. The new Centre will provide its patients with the rehabilitation and treatment programmes required to help them reintegrate into society.

The law states that the ‘Irada’ Rehab and Treatment Centre will provide a healthy and private environment for its patients. It will also provide treatment abroad and at specialised rehabilitation centers as when required. Furthermore, it will coordinate with local, regional and international entities in this regard.

The new Centre will recruit national professionals and provide them with the training required for providing treatment and working towards preventing drug addiction. The Centre will conduct specialised studies and research required to realise the Centre’s objectives. The Centre will also organise conferences and participate in symposiums and training workshops as well as issue pamphlets and publications in coordination with entities involved in treating and combating drug addiction. It will also organise awareness campaigns and mobilise volunteers to promote the prevention and treatment of drug addiction.

The law also defines the terms of reference for various activities of the new Centre including partnership agreements with regional and international entities, proposals for and revisions to legislations related to rehabilitation and treatment of drug addicts, providing support and encouragement to family members of addicts undergoing rehabilitation, as well as awareness building necessary for combating addiction and promoting its treatment.

According to the law, the Board of Directors of the ‘Irada’ Rehab and Treatment Centre will be the higher authority responsible for supervising and facilitating the daily activities of the Centre. The Board is charged with endorsing the organisational structure and annual budget of the Centre and submitting its annual budget to His Highness the Crown Prince for approval.

The executive body of the Centre will be comprised of doctors, specialists, and financial, technical and administrative officials whose duties and responsibilities will be approved by the Board of Directors. The CEO of the Centre will be appointed by a resolution issued by His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai. 

As per the Federal Law (14) of 1995 on Combating Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and its amendments, the Attorney General of Dubai will have the power to refer to the rehab centre addicts who surrender themselves or who are proven to be addicts in police reports. The patients will not be prosecuted unless they breach the rehabilitation agreement with the Centre.

The law annuls any other legislation that contradicts its provisions. The Law will be effective from the date of its issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

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