In 2010 she was sentenced to one month in prison for allegedly kissing and stroking the back of British Dubai-based marketing executive Ayman Najafi in public.In a further case in 2007, an unmarried Indian couple were sentenced to a year in prison after being caught hugging and kissing in the back seat of a taxi.Do not take custom laws lightly and be extremely conscious of what may be on your possession when you enter the country. Consider the case of one Swiss man who was sentenced to four years in prison after poppy seeds from a bread roll he had eaten in Heathrow were found on his clothes.
Over the past few months we have covered a number of stories involving expatriates who have broken the law in Dubai and found themselves in serious trouble.
In this article we present 10 Dubai laws that expatriates should know when living in Dubai. Women’s clothing should be conservative and females should avoid wearing clothes that are transparent, low-cut or short. Men should cover their chest and underwear should be out of sight.
Be aware that some everyday items may also be banned.
Possession of painkillers, for example, and some cold and flu remedies is considered illegal and if you are found with them on your person you could be on the receiving end of mandatory four-year prison sentence.
In a case that shocked the world last year a newly engaged couple found themselves in prison after the woman alleged that she was raped by a hotel employee.