UAE-Going To DUBAI – Know the 41 laws, do and Don’ts of Dubai or you will end up in Jail
According to UAE law, a suspect can be held without charge for 48 hours before being referred to the prosecution.
Going or traveling to Dubai Better understand the laws and rules to prevent jail term.
Let’s know the rules and laws of Dubai –
Dubai is not a democratic country.
Dubai is a Muslim country which follows strict Muslim laws.
Dubai also follows Sharia law.
Muslim laws and culture is very different from west or democratic nations.
When on the beach and at Dubai's water-parks for example, swimwear can be considered appropriate and therefore will not a problem. But you may end up in jail. So better is using the swimwear which Local Muslim females use.
Avoid attire such as mini skirts and any other overtly revealing clothing. It is not allowed as per laws.
It is also not appropriate for men to go around without a top on away from the beach.
Always dress in a more conservative manner.
Avoid taking photographs of building that look to be of political and military importance.
Do not take any photographs of any local residents without permission
Kissing in public is not allowed you may end up in jail if not then you are lucky. Eg. A lesbian couple was sentenced to a month in jail, followed by deportation, for sharing a kiss on the public beach in Dubai.
Don’t eat, drink, chew gum, or even smoke in public between sunset and sunrise, as it is illegal and not allowed as per law.
Dancing and playing loud music in public is banned.
Couples kissing, holding hands or hugging could face fines or detention or jail
Females should not use tight or transparent clothing.
Friday is the prayer day so it is holiday for everyone for everything.In accordance with the Federal Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates, a public intake of food and beverages during daytime hours of the month of Ramadan is forbidden by Article 313. The article stipulates the punishment in the form of either a monetary penalty — up to 2,000 dirhems ($555) — or even a term of up to one month in prison.
Females should remember that they are in Muslim state and behave like that, how local females behave like that Every female should behave.
Don't expect businesses to close for Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. Nothing is important that Muslim Religion.
You need license to drink liquor and always check that you are in a hotel which has license. Alcohol is served only in the restaurants, bars and nightclubs of hotels that have licenses
The laws are not clear and you will understand the law when you are behind the bar in Dubai. So it is better copy the local females. And population.
For fun there are many other nations where you can travel and enjoy unlimited without fear of law.
Anything more than a "peck on the cheek could offend those around you and even possibly lead to police involvement,"
Sex outside marriage is not allowed and you will end up in jail up to six years or more. Engaged with boyfriend this excuse is not allowed.
If you have broken the law, then you will be arrested and taken to police station, questioned and instructed to make a statement. You will not be allowed to access to outside legal or consular help.
Everything will be conducted in Arabic and you will be given translation so be intelligent and without understanding the content do not sign the documents. Get involved someone who understands both languages.
If you are found guilty of serious crime you will end up in an overcrowded prison, where treatment is harsh and you will see the flogging of other prisoners.
"The legal and judicial system in the United Arab Emirates makes no distinction between nationals and non-nationals,"
If you are caught driving with any level of alcohol in your blood expect a jail sentence.
couples holding hands, it is still an offence, and it is also considered criminal to kiss in public or have sex outside marriage if you are found you will end up in jail who ever may come to your rescue you will end up in jail for few months.
Drug laws are very strict, here is one example - British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe. UK Radio 1 DJ Grooverider was sentenced to four years in Dubai for possession of cannabis. The DJ - real name Raymond Bingham - was arrested at the city's airport on November 23 after flying in for a nightclub gig. Customs officials found 2.16 grams of cannabis in his luggage.
Possession of painkillers like codeine and some cold and flu medication could result in a mandatory four-year prison sentence, eg. Tracy Wilkinson was held in custody for eight weeks before customs officers accepted the codeine she was carrying had been prescribed by her doctor for back pains.
As per Drug laws , "What many travelers may not realize is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or even in tiny, trace amounts on their person." Eg. A Swiss national is serving a four-year jail term after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow airport were found on his clothes.
Prohibited items include: Drugs, firearms, and erotic material or pornographic material.
Like any other nation ignorance of law can not be taken as a ground to get relief from simple or serious or any type of crime.
As per Sharia law sharing an apartment with a friend of the opposite sex is crime and you may end up in jail.
Any one can inform the police if they see male and female together, they may not call the police if someone is beating the wife, but if they see female is having freedom you should be sure they will inform to police. Eg. an unmarried Indian couple was sentenced to one year in prison just for hugging and kissing in the back seat of a taxi in the Emirate of Fujairah which is north of the UAE. When the taxi driver saw what they were doing, he drove them directly to the police station!
More than 370 drugs are controlled in Dubai .Here is the link you can check the list of controlled drugs.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are often considered illegal or a controlled substance. Keep your meds in their original containers and bring a letter from your doctor as a well as a copy of your prescription with you.
Be aware what ever country you belong uk or usa or European the embassy will not be able to help you, more than giving you contacts of lawyers. The laws are very strict.
Last but best tip is visit Dubai to make money, Visit Dubai to understand Islam, do not visit Dubai for fun or entertainment which involves full freedom.
UPDATES – Dubai Laws, Rules, Dos AND Don’ts
A Dubai court last month sentenced an Indian couple to three months in jail for sending each other racy, sexual text messages using mobile
A Dubai court sentenced the two, Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, to a month in prison, followed by deportation, for 'public indecency, kissing in a restaurant
A Dubai court rejected a British couple's appeal against their jail sentence for kissing in a restaurant
Update - Saturday, November 13, 2010
A 34-year-old Briton, Paul Anthony working with the United Nations jailed for two months in the UAE for giving an airport worker "the finger" in Dubai He was arrested minutes after the woman lodged a complaint with the police. He was convicted of indecency and insulting the employee
Updated on Friday, May 18, 2012 –
Cops in the strict Islamic emirate claim recruitment consultant Rebecca Black, 27, romped with an Irishman while being driven from a bar.
Rebecca — facing charges after being held in custody for five days — fiercely denies it.
The taxi driver saw her being frisky with a fella in the rear view mirror of his taxi then taxi driver stopped and ran off to fetch police from a patrol car parked nearby.
And when he returned with a cop naked beauty Rebecca was having sex on the back seat of the cab with Irishman Conor McRedmond, it was said.
The pair were held in custody at a police station for five days before being bailed.
The Sun reported that they saw the charge sheet.
Rebecca faces up to three years in jail if the alleged sex offence is proven.
Updated on Friday, November 23, 2012
A British woman and Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi were sentenced to three months in prison and then deportation
Rebecca Blake and Conor McRedmond both denied charges of “breach of honour with consent” and committing “an indecent act in a taxi” when they appeared in court yin October.
They also pleaded guilty to a third charge related to consumption of alcohol in public.
“The court sentenced them to jail for three months and deportation in addition to a fine of 3 000 dirhams ($817) each
Updated on Monday, April 29, 2013
Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh, all in their 20s, were arrested in July 2012 during a holiday in the UAE. Police said they had found a form of synthetic cannabis in their hire car.
All three had pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing and intending to sell illegal drugs and said police had subjected them to beatings and threatened them with guns
UAE Judge Ali Attiyah Saad found the three Britons guilty in Dubai Criminal Court and sentenced them to four years in jail each.
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013
The 25-year-old a young Norwegian woman Marte Deborah Dalelv was on a business trip in Dubai when she was raped.
In March she reported about Rape to the police but found herself charged with having extra-marital sex, drinking alcohol and perjury.
Ms Dalelv had reportedly been on a night out with colleagues on 6 March when the rape took place.
She reported it to the police, who proceeded to confiscate her passport and seize her money. She was charged four days later on three counts, including having sex outside marriage.
As per Dubai law the rapist is only punished by law if there are four adult male witnesses to the crime of rape.
For reporting crime of Rape Ms Dalelv now has received 16-month prison sentence
Travel guide of banned items & Guidelines for bringing medicines & drugs to the UAE
Banned items by Dubai Customs include
1. All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc.).
2. Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
3. Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
4. Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
5. Gambling tools and machineries.
6. Three layers fishing nets.
7. Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
8. Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
9. Radiation polluted substances.
10. Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
11. Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
12. Forged and duplicate currency.
13. Cooked and home-made foods.
Source: Dubai Customs.
Guidelines for bringing medicines & Drugs in UAE
1. As certain chemicals and drugs are banned in UAE, it is essential to check and ensure that the medicines which someone is carrying does not contain a banned or restricted substance. List of drugs and medicines banned in UAE are available on the website: www.uaeinteract.com/travel/drug.asp
2. If for medical or emergency reasons one needs to carry any medicines, it should be ensured to have a medical prescription from a UAE licenced doctor. If treatment was undertaken outside UAE, one must carry both a doctor’s prescription as well as detailed medical report, both of which should be suitably attested.
3. Residents and non-resident patients can bring into the UAE a maximum of 3 month supply of prescription medicine, for their personal use.
4. Psychotropic medicines can be brought by non-residents to cover their personal consumption for a maximum of 3 month period.
5. Psychotropic medicines can be brought in by resident in a quantity sufficient for 1 month consumption. However, residents can bring a maximum 3 month supply if the medicine is not available in the UAE provided that they obtain the prior approval of the Drug Control Department
6. Resident and non-resident patients should not bring narcotic medicines into the country without the prior approval from the Ministry of Health. Each case will be studied and approved. A valid prescription and medical report from the concerned hospital or department will be required.
7. Medicines that arrive in the country via postal courier cannot be released to the patient unless the above requirements are fulfilled.
8. For more information related to restrictions on carrying of medicines, drugs and chemicals into UAE, one must check Dubai Customs website or www.dubai.ae beforehand.
9. be careful of carrying in poppy seeds which are banned, so avoid accidentally carrying bakery products that might contain such seeds. Also banned is qat leaf, betel leaf or nuts, niswar, gutkha, which while admissible in some countries is not permitted in the UAE.
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10 January 2010
UAE-Going To DUBAI – Know the 41 laws, do and Don’ts of Dubai or you will end up in Jail