Sex on the Beach? Not in Dubai
Having sex on the beach, especially when there's a possibility of getting caught, is a definite no-no, even in destinations where just about anything goes. But a British couple recently discovered that behaving badly on the wrong beach can get you in very deep trouble.
The 36-year-old woman and 34-year-old man were allegedly caught on a beach in Dubai, a a popular tourist destination in the United Arab Emirates. Authorities in the conservative Arab nation were not amused. The two are now on trial, facing the possibility of several years in prison. The woman, who worked in Dubai, was fired. The man, who was visiting, has been stuck there since the July 5 arrest.
Dubai is an up-and-coming destination for tourists, especially Europeans. Millions visit the beachfront city each year. The Department of Tourism describes the city's welcoming environment, stating that women can move about unaccompanied, alcohol is served in licensed establishments and all religions are allowed to worship. But it's no Amsterdam.
Those who are caught with drugs are also subject to harsh penalties: A British national recently served nine months after a speck of marijuana was found on the bottom of his shoe, and a British DJ was recently sentenced to four years in prison when a loose joint was found in his bag at the airport.
Most of us aren't having sex on the beach or smoking dope, but it's still good to know the laws of any country that you're visiting. The U.S. State Department warns against possessing illegal drugs in Dubai, but also adds: "Some drugs normally taken under a doctor's supervision in the United States, and even some over-the-counter U.S. drugs and medications, are classified as narcotics in the UAE and are illegal to possess. A doctor's prescription should be carried along with any medication that is brought into the country. A person may be subject to arrest and prosecution if possession of prescribed medicines (especially those containing codeine and similar narcotic-like ingredients) comes to the attention of local authorities."
Our advice: Check out a country's laws before you go. And if you're thinking of sex on the beach, get a room.
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