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When in Dubai . . . Don't Have Sex on the Beach

When in Dubai . . . Don't Have Sex on the Beach

A British woman working in Dubai faces six years in jail, after Dubai officials caught her allegedly having sex on beach. Dubai may be the Las Vegas of the Middle East, but it's no sin city. The thirty-year-old businesswoman has been charged with sex outside marriage, indecent behavior in public, being drunk in public, and assaulting a police officer. Her male counterpart also faces a maximum of six years.

The woman involved, who apparently made the mistake of traveling to the Middle East to have sex in public, fears that Dubai will make an example of her by issuing the toughest sentence. The minimum is three months.

While this woman should have known that having sex on a beach, in Dubai nonetheless, would be against the law, I think a six-year sentence offends a universal understanding of fairness and human rights. Do you feel sorry for the woman, or should she rightly suffer the local consequences for her misbehavior? Would this make you reconsider a trip to Dubai?


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princess-s princess-s 8 years
even skype is illegal in dubai. This country has sooo many restrictions that they dont talk about.
hills hills 8 years
def agree its common sense not to have sex on the beach (part from the drink) but i was reading they were very drunk, still very stupid, but 6 years is insane.
dyemysoul dyemysoul 8 years
omg is that woman stupid? she almost deserves 6 years because of her stupidy. Being in a middle eastern country and letting loose like that basically promies that you'll get in trouble. Remember 'brokendown palace', they got caught with drugs in Thailand and spent the rest of their lives in a Thai prision...shit not me! The beach is fun...if you don't mind getting sunburnt on supicious places.
bleached bleached 8 years
I read about this on Hot Air. I'm sorry, but the woman had been living in Dubai for 3 years before this happened. She should have known better. Yes it's ridiculous to be sentenced to 6 years in jail by our standards but she was living there and she should have conformed to their standards, not ours...
Meike Meike 8 years
Idiot. It may be Dubai and they may have more freedoms but sex on the beach in a Muslim country? C'mon! And, no age is not too old to be spicing up his/her sex life with some semi-public sex i.e. a location where unwanted strangers can't *easily* find you. The beach would not be the place unless it is a private one.
janneth janneth 8 years
I would not even chew gum or wear a short skirt there. She knew the consequences. It's not up to us to judge.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
See what drinking and flirting can do for you.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
She got what she deserved! Sex in a public place in the middle east? Are your serious? Yea 6 years is a little too hard but hey, their country - their rules.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
first she too damn old to be having sex on the beach, she should know better than that. i can understand why they would give her harsh penalties being majority Muslim country but it is a little harsh.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
She's not just some tourist, she WORKS in Dubai! Anyone who has spent more than just holiday time there (actually, anyone with half a brain) should know the culture & the customs. She is a fucking idiot (pardon my french) for thinking she could get away with something like that.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
Don't do it on a beach anywhere!! I don't think this could be considered the same as human rights abuse. She and her partner are facing the same sentence and it is the law for that government. I don't think she should be "made an example" but she didn't respect the laws of her host country and should face the sentence. She could have prevented this whole ordeal by heading the first warning.
sugarush sugarush 8 years
Wow.... My sister was in Dubai this past weekend!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Just want to point out that she is from the UK, not the states. :) I do think 6 years is a way too harsh of punishment, but didn't she get stopped by an officer once, and then continue with her rendevous only to get caught again? I do think that the sentance would be too harsh, but I don't have much sympathy for her. It isn't really an obscure or unexpected law.
lovelie lovelie 8 years
Well I think it's also fair to note that she's *facing* six years...that doesn't mean she will necessarily receive six years. If their justice system is anyway like ours, she'll serve six months!
austerity austerity 8 years
Liberty ~ I don't think this offends international human rights. That's more for if a government tortures or threatens or kills people. This is a punishment for something that is considered indecent there, and though six years is heavy, they are 'just' putting her in prison, not hurting her. Going there, she should have respected their rules.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
ugh! typing! "make AN example" ....
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I agree that it isn't just to "make and example" of someone, em, but as chicagojlo points out, she was living and working there and they had been warned before being arrested. I say that they should get the local punishment. To my senses, 6 years is a heavy price to pay, but I am not from Dubai. Someone local may not feel that way.
em113 em113 8 years
"she deserves to be made an example of" I simply don't agree with making an example of people (though I'm sure there would be exceptions) There's nothing fair and just about making an example of someone.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 8 years
I read about this yesterday, apparently she had been living there for 3 years before this, so she had no excuses as to not knowing the laws of the land. And then to hear they were initially given a warning, and then got back down to it - how stupid can you get? She deserves to be made an example of. She had more than enough opportunity to escape this and she chose not to. It's about time somebody showed all these western travellers that they have to have more respect for the laws of the countries they are visiting.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm wondering who would think 6 years in jail for this would be considered torture?
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Hi Great Sommelier, I was thinking along the lines of cruel punishment (as prohibited by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). I'm not completely certain where I stand on the dilemma between cultural norms and the notion universal norms; but, something tells me that a disproportionate punishment can offend a widespread standard. Do you guys think this would be a disproportionate punishment?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Yes! Let's hope it was the best sex of their lives!
Imani33 Imani33 8 years
While it is a tough sentence the woman and her partner faces, you do have to go by the laws of the land while you are visiting...and honestly they should have known better. I hope the romp on the beach was worth it..
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol: @ Hypo and Kim
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