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rheanna
I guess the cops have nothing better to do than to bust people over petty stuff. Let's just let the murders and rapist, and burglers go free

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Dubai detains 79 for indecent behavior on beaches

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Westerners were getting too racy on the beaches of this Persian Gulf tourist haven, and a police crackdown on topless sunbathing, nudity and other indecent behavior has resulted in 79 arrests in recent days.
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Undercover officers are strolling the sand while others stand guard in new watchtowers to enforce the social mores of this Muslim city-state, which is a booming business center that is attracting growing hordes of foreign tourists.

Authorities said they began the decency campaign after police detained a British man and a woman who were allegedly having sex on one of Dubai's sprawling beaches earlier this month.

Over the past two weeks, police have detained a total of 79 people whose behavior was "disturbing families enjoying the beach," Zuhair Haroun, a spokesman for Dubai's Criminal Investigation Department, said Monday.

First-time offenders may be issued a warning, but if caught twice, tourists could be referred to the public prosecutor for possible criminal charges, authorities said.

Thousands of European and Asian expatriates live and work in Dubai, where native Emiratis make up only about 20 percent of the estimated 1.2 million residents. Shopping malls and fast food restaurants have replaced traditional Arab houses, and English has overtaken Arabic as the emirate's lingua franca.

Many Emiratis and Arabs visiting from other Persian Gulf countries increasingly feel Dubai's ambition to become a cosmopolitan metropolis and tourist destination is overrunning their own traditions and contradict what they feel is culturally acceptable.

Unlike elsewhere in the conservative Persian Gulf, tourists in Dubai are often seen wearing skimpy bikinis on public beaches and walk the city's streets in shorts. Alcohol is freely available in hotel bars and restaurants in this regional businesses and entertainment hub.

While pursuing the police crackdown, Dubai has embarked on a public awareness campaign to remind its Western visitors and foreign residents that the city may have flashy hotels and glitzy skyscrapers but it also is a Muslim country with traditionally conservative values.

The city is installing signs warning tourists in Arabic, English and several other languages not to sunbathe topless or change clothes in public, said Abdullah Mohammed Rafia, an official with the Dubai Municipality whose office is overseeing the public awareness campaign.

Authorities are "taking action in response to numerous complaints" filed by people who visit the city's beaches, Rafia said. Complaints have ranged from families "offended by displays of nudity" to women sunbathers who say groups of men stare at them while at the beach.

The police campaign also will target people who harass beachgoers with acts "deemed offensive, immoral or disrespectful," including loitering and voyeurism, said Dubai's acting police chief, Maj. Gen. Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina.

Some tourists who were enjoying Dubai's simmering sun Monday said the new campaign left them confused about what is considered appropriate in Dubai.

"I understand that I have to respect the rules of the country," said John MacLean, a British tourist on holiday with his girlfriend. But, he added, "I am not sure if I can kiss her or touch her in public."
paul_indo
Interesting.

It seems a common theme in "islamic" countries. In Indonesia, not technically an islamic country but 90% muslim, the favoutite pastimes of the police are arressting poor people for gambling a dollar or two and picking up young girls from clubs and bars and arressting them for prositution. Of course they must be prostitutes because they are in a bar. Of course if you are rich then it's ok.
ganesh
It is best to follow the social norms and customs when you are in a foreign land. Tourists must remember that the place they are visiting might not have the same culture or socially acceptable practices as in their own country.

For example, kissing in public in India is frowned upon, while it is pretty much common in almost all of Europe and America. European and American tourists who visit India would do well to refrain from public kissing lest they draw unnecessary attention and trouble with the authorities.

As the saying goes, "Be a Roman in Rome"

As far as the accusation of the thread starter that the rapists and murderers and burglars are let free, do you have any data to support that rapists and murderers and burglars in Dubai are going scot free. I guess Dubai is a very well civilized and crime-free place where the law can take its own course without external interference, and also the law enforcement authorities are very keen on their job. I guess such unjustified and unsubstantiated accusations do not bode well.
coolclay
Heck they are lucky only getting a ticket or a warning. I figured in a Muslim country like the UAE they'd probably get stoned or heads cut off or something. I guess the UAE is more of a liberal muslim nation.
fx-trading-education
ganesh wrote:

As far as the accusation of the thread starter that the rapists and murderers and burglars are let free, do you have any data to support that rapists and murderers and burglars in Dubai are going scot free. I guess Dubai is a very well civilized and crime-free place where the law can take its own course without external interference, and also the law enforcement authorities are very keen on their job. I guess such unjustified and unsubstantiated accusations do not bode well.


Yes I think that Dubai is considered as a very safe place.
I went there and somebody stole my bag including my wallet in a restaurant. Some local people were very surprised by that because it happens seldomly.
Then we reported to the police and the case was taken seriously, they interviewed with us the manager of the restaurant, and then we went to the hotel were some customers who were eating close to us were staying. But apparently it was other people who took the bag, so no luck on that side. If you would report an equivalent case in many countries you will just fill a form and the case will be forgotten because there much more important cases and many of them.
So despite what happened to me I should say that you feel pretty safe in Dubai and it is quite an open country compare to other Islamic countries. But of course if your are topless on the beach you have to expect some reactions...
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