no public kisses or you go to jail... almost 8 years agoAnswered by Marc via Travellr.com
Dubai, part of the UAE, is a muslim country. Muslims are banned from buying or drinking alcohol. Ex-pat's living in UAE need to obtain a license to consume alcohol. But for the sake of the economy this does not apply to the 10-million tourists who visit each year.... as long as you consume your drink in a western hotel, restaurant, bar or nightclub. It used to be thought that drinking in a private home was legal, but recent events indicate it may not be (stay at the hotel bar).
There is zero tolerance for being drunk in public, so take it easy on the booze.
The same kind of rule applies to relations between unmarried couples. Any physical liaison between unmarried couples is considered adultery and is subject to harsh penalties... but again the authorities make an exception for tourists - as long as you keep it in your hotel.
Displays of affection in public (especially outside the hotel/resort) are frowned upon, and may get you into trouble.
The people arrested for "kissing" tend to be ex-pats living in Dubai, and usually because they've raised the attention of police in some other way. eg the incident I think Marc is referring to above involved a NZ ex-pat and his new girlfriend and his immediate-past girlfriend. The jilted lover allegedly busted him en flagrante with his new lover, threatened them with a knife and busted up some furniture. The man called police to report the assault - big mistake - they all spent Christmas in jail on sex misdemeanour charges and are all vehemently denying ever having had sex.
I really like Dubai, it's a fascinating place and extremely safe, but you need to remember you're in a foreign country and you need to respect their laws and customs.
Just keep yourselves "nice" and as long as you're not Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson, you'll have a great holiday. almost 8 years ago
Leilani, something to add to my answer:
Just found this news item regarding democracy movement and the UAE:
Academics, former officials, journalists and activists have politely asked for a bit more democracy, please.
No protests. almost 8 years ago