The consumption or holding of drugs is completely forbidden in the U.A.E. and is considered a criminal offence. The smallest amount on your person, or even a trace amount in your urine or bloodstream, can make you liable for 4 years imprisonment and deportation.
Certain medicines containing psychotropic substances are banned here even though they are acceptable in other countries. 370 medicines including painkillers and some cold and flu medication (codeine) also fall in the banned list, so one must check out the website http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/restricted/medication.html for a comprehensive list of controlled drugs.
If one still needs to take some medication, please be sure to carry the drugs in their original wrappers and containers along with a doctor’s prescription and a letter describing your need or health issue.
Buying and/or selling of drugs and narcotics is a crime of tremendous proportion and is liable to severe punishment measures such as life imprisonment.