People caught vaping or using an e-cigarette in unauthorised areas in Dubai will be hit with a fine of up to Dh2,000.

Dubai Municipality has announced that the use of the devices, the sale of which was made legal in the UAE for the first time earlier this year, will be subject to the same laws as those who light up using traditional cigarettes.

Locations where smoking is banned include places of worship, schools, universities and shopping malls as well as health and pharmaceutical facilities. It is also prohibited to smoke on board vehicles that are transporting food, medicine, petrol and chemicals.

Anyone who smokes in a non-smoking area will face a fine of up to Dh1,000, while those who breach the specific terms of a designated smoking area could be made to pay as much as Dh2,000.

It was announced in February that it would no longer be illegal to sell e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the UAE. Officials said they expected e-cigarettes to be on sale this month.

The new rules allowed the sale of electronic cigarettes, electronic pipes, electronic shisha devices plus the liquid refills. Concerns about the spread of unregulated e-cigarettes were believed to have led to the removal of the ban.