REMINDER: Get That Alcohol License If Drinking In Dubai!

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It is good time to remind those that visit Dubai and UAE that is not a country where one should let the hair down drinking adult beverages.

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There is another story out about British guy working in Afghanistan that has been detained in Dubai since July due to touching someone in the bar (male) and alcohol related charges. Verdict is due later this month.

Here’s an excerpt from Sky News (access the piece here):

A British man is facing three years in jail in Dubai after touching another man in a bar.

Jamie Harron’s legal team claim he briefly made contact with the man to avoid spilling a drink on him.

The incident led to him being arrested for public indecency.

The 27-year-old electrician, from Stirling, has been stuck in the UAE since July after his passport was confiscated by authorities.

He was initially locked up in Al Barsha prison for five days before being released on bail.

Since then he has reportedly been forced to spend more than £30,000 in expenses and legal fees.

“This is another example of how vulnerable tourists are to arrest and detention in Dubai and at how drawn out and disorganised legal proceedings are.”

Here’s an excerpt from the Nation (UAE paper – access here):

Jamie Harron, 27, who was in a bar in Barsha Heights, was arrested after a complaint by a German customer.

Prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court that when the German questioned Harron about touching his behind, the accused flashed his middle finger at him.

The man denied a charge of sexual assault on Sunday morning.

He had already denied charges of consuming alcohol without a licence and committing a publicly indecent act by flagging his middle finger, at Dubai Court of Misdemeanours.

The incident occurred on July 15 and the German was out with friends when he said he suddenly felt the accused touching him.

“I asked him why he did so and he didn’t answer me, instead flashing his middle finger at me,” said the 49-year-old German manager, who had not met the accused before.

“I didn’t say anything nor did I scream or insult him. I just called police.”

Conclusion

Sounds like someone probably had few drinks too many but how many of us hadn’t had that experience at one point in our lives? Not the best idea to do it in Dubai though…..

The problem is that they can always nail you for not having a license to drink in UAE if something goes wrong. You theoretically need one even when flying on Emirates on Etihad (read more here).

And remember what happened to that female Starwood employee that was raped by her colleagues in UAE? She was thrown to jail for eight months for having non-marital sex (read more here).

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