Dentist from Sweden was jailed for three nights in Dubai after drinking a glass of wine on Emirates flight from London.
Immigration office in Dubai had questioned her about visa and asked if she had consumed any alcohol (illegal without having an alcohol license). She with her kid was put in jail as a result.
You can access the Guardian’s piece about this incident here of which below is an excerpt:
Holman, 44, was arrested on 13 July after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates flight, the group said.
She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol.
Radha Stirling, the chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: “The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.
“Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of western drinking habits, but this is far from reality.
“It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai’s own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant, and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed.”
Here are couple of previous pieces on this subject:
You need to have license to consume alcohol in UAE.
British man was facing jail in Dubai after having had few drinks perhaps too many…
You have to keep in mind that you need an alcohol license to consume adult beverages in UAE. You will run into trouble if police at any point wants to check if you have had any and you don’t have one.
Dubai is not the adult party paradise that some Europeans seems to believe that it is. Not the correct place to let your down. If you run into any trouble, you will be subject to archaic law.
And you certainly shouldn’t report to the police if get raped in UAE like the Starwood employee found out. She was jailed for having extramarital sex (read more here).