After reports of a woman being arrested for sex outside marriage, the things that are illegal in Dubai
These are the laws and customs you need to know about ahead of your trip to Dubai.
A UK tourist allegedly gang raped in Dubai is reportedly facing jail for ‘having sex outside of marriage’ – while two suspects were allowed to fly back to Birmingham Airport.
The 25-year-old woman reportedly told police she was attacked by two British men in the United Arab Emirates city last month.
But instead of being treated as a victim, the woman was reportedly locked up on suspicion of ‘extra-marital sex’.
UAE laws and customs are very different to those in the UK.
Holidaymakers are being warned to ensure that they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if they intend to visit religious areas.
You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with, and respect local laws and customs.
Here are just a few of them:
Importing pork products and pornography into the UAE is illegal.
Videos, books, and magazines may be subject to scrutiny and may be censored.
There is zero tolerance for drugs-related offences.
The penalties for trafficking, smuggling and possession of drugs (even residual amounts) are severe.
Sentences for drug trafficking can include the death penalty and possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four-year jail sentence.
The Emirati authorities count the presence of drugs in the blood stream as possession.
Some herbal highs, like Spice, are illegal in the UAE.
Many people stop off in UAE airports on their way to other destinations.
UAE airports have excellent technology and security, so transiting passengers carrying even residual amounts of drugs may be arrested.