05 May 2010

British Embassy in Dubai issues a ‘don’t-do’ list

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The British Embassy in Dubai has issued a formal “don’t-do” list on its website, warning that if Britons ignore the advice they face possible arrest and imprisonment.

The list warns against dancing, kissing or holding in hands in public, as well as swearing, using drugs and drinking following a string of clashes with the Muslim authorities.

Drinking is only allowed in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs and private venues, the British Embassy says, while sexual relationships outside marriage are illegal - including unmarried people sharing a hotel room.

Dancing in public is classed as indecent and even kissing and hugging in public is considered “provocative” and could lead to arrest. 

In March, Britons Charlotte Adams, 26, and Ayman Najafi, 24, were jailed for kissing in a restaurant in Dubai.

A Foreign Office spokesman said on Monday: "It is common-sense advice intended to keep Britons out of trouble."


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