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In July 2008 the story of a young British expatriate was plastered all over the local and international news: she had been drinking alcohol, then proceeded to have sex on a public beach (unmarried sex is illegal, but that isn't of importance in this case), and then assaulted a police officer by swearing at him and hitting him with her shoe.
Especially the Western media has been criticizing the approach of Dubai's "big-boys-in-charge" as excessive, and have been saying that this woman doesn't deserve a huge punishment and that she is being used as an example towards all other non-Muslims living or visiting the UAE.
Could you have sex in a public place and assault a police officer without any consequences in the United Kingdom, or in Germany, or in the USA?
No, you couldn't.
The woman in question had been living in Dubai for the past 3 years. If after all that time she doesn't know the law, then she doesn't deserve any better. She's currently facing up to 6 years in jail (I highly doubt that the Dubai courts will push for the maximum sentence) and will definitely be deported after her jail time.
So please, before we start pointing fingers at the "backward-thinking Middle East", please remember where you are and how to behave.
FULL STORY HERE: http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10227570.html
And here is the story in the British media: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1398204.ece
And in case of any confusion, here is the official law:
Article 358 of the Punitive Law No. 52 of 2006 regarding "obscene public acts and violations of public decency" stipulates no less than a 6-month jail term would be handed to violators.
At least a year's jail term and fine of Dh10,000 will be imposed if the act is committed with a person below the age of 15, male or female, even if done in private.
Harassment results in one year and/or Dh10,000 in fines, followed by deportation for expatriates.
Article 360 says anything that provokes promiscuity could result in a year's prison term and/or a Dh5,000 fine. If done with a child of under 15, the jail term would be two years.
And here is a useful slide show on what's allowed and what's not:
With all the glitz and glamour of 5-star hotels, luxurious shopping malls, the beaches and the nightlife of Dubai, it's easy to forget that you are indeed still in a MUSLIM COUNTRY: This also means to adapt to the regional culture and religion by showing respect in the clothes you wear, and also note that SWEARING is absolutely unacceptable and punishable by law. There is also a zero-tolerance on driving under the influence, and exceptions are NOT made. You are also not allowed to drink alcohol in public (in a park, the beach, etc.) unless it's a licensed establishment.
Here is a final recap of all regulations in Dubai and the other emirates:
--> UPDATE Aug. 2009: Dubai's shopping malls now have signs and leaflets requesting shoppers to please dress 'decently.' FULL STORY: http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Society/10338386.html
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