Andy Neal, a British national, was arrested because he simply had someone's number in his phone. He spent a year in prison before being exonerated. Simply abstaining from drugs does not protect visitors from wrongful arrest and prosecution.
Radha Stirling interviews American detained in Dubai over legal marijuana. “He’s free”.
“Nevada resident Peter Clark, from California, was finally freed from Dubai after his 2 month ordeal which cost him $50,000. Peter was deported late Tuesday night on a flight via Doha to New York.”. Detained in Dubai CEO, Radha Stirling, announced Peter Clark’s safe return to the United States. “Nevada resident Peter Clark, from California, was finally freed from Dubai after his 2 month ordeal which cost him $50,000. Peter was deported late Tuesday night on a flight via Doha to New York.”. B
Visitors should also be mindful of consuming alcohol, as a simple complaint that you are "drunk" can land you in jail, even if you've only had one drink. The UAE's legal system is not only strict when it comes to drugs and alcohol but also with other offences. Public displays of affection, wearing immodest clothing, and insulting Islam or its prophets are considered criminal offences.
Additionally, the judicial system is heavily biassed against foreigners, and it can be difficult for non-Arabic speakers to understand legal proceedings, making it challenging to defend oneself in court.
Foreign Office told “Dubai travel warnings insufficient”
Coroner tells FCDO to increase Dubai travel warnings. The inquest into the death of Lee Bradley Brown heard that the number of new cases of Britons reporting torture or mistreatment in Dubai to the Foreign Office had surged from 3 per cent of the global total to 13 per cent in just four years, but “that is only the tip of the iceberg”, explained Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai who has advocated for victims since 2008. The Coroner produced a prevention of future deaths report, released
Western governments should issue greater travel warnings to highlight the risks associated with visiting these countries. Visitors should research local laws and customs before travelling, and if in doubt, they should be able to seek advice from their embassy or consulate – if only they can be reliably and accurately informed about the risks.
By being aware of the dangers, tourists can take steps to protect themselves and ensure safety – but unfortunately, even awareness is not always enough.