And a British man from Leicester, Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23, is facing trial for giving the middle finger to a Dubai driver who he said was tailgating him. Mukadam, a computer consultant, had been in a rental car, so it took the police a while to trace him.
But six months later, in September, he was arrested at the airport upon returning to Dubai.
He is now free on bail, without his passport, awaiting trial.
He could face six months in jail if convicted of making the “obscene gesture.” Mr. At the end of the day, we are Muslims and committing such acts is not acceptable.”Most cases that ensnare unwary foreigners involve morality offenses.
“In their countries, flashing your middle finger or insulting another is not acceptable but it is not punishable by the law. Couples cannot share a room together if they are not married, even in their homes.
When Emlyn Culverwell, a 29-year-old South African, took his fiancée, Iryna Nohal, a Ukrainian, to a doctor in Dubai, complaining of stomach pain, the diagnosis was pregnancy — and the treatment was a phone call to the police.
“But you offend someone and you’re the one who gets it.”Two recent cases, both handled by Ms.
Stirling, have aroused widespread ire in Britain, which has more nationals living in Dubai than any other Western country. Harron, 27, the Scottish electrician visiting Dubai, was arrested and sentenced to three months in jail for public indecency for allegedly touching a man’s hip as he brushed past him in a crowded bar.
He was eventually acquitted of the Twitter charge, but not until he had served another seven months on top of his original 15 month sentence.
An Australian aid worker living in Dubai, Scott Richards, was locked up for trying to raise money to buy blankets for freezing Afghan children, because he was not part of a recognized charity.
Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, portrays itself as welcoming to foreigners.
The couple were arrested and jailed when they could not produce a marriage license.
Some Emiratis acknowledge that their laws have not kept pace with a rapidly changing society.“It is unreasonable to expect a country to warn each and every visitor about its complete set of rules and regulations in place,” Essam Tamimi, a Dubai lawyer, said in an email.