Caught out on Abu Dhabi (Skull 2.0)
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here to see a Wikipedia overview of Saadiyat, "the Island of Happiness".
Click here to watch an Australian news report of the detention of an Endemol UK executive for possession of Melatonin, an over-the-counter drug for jet lag, sold in many Western pharmacies, which led to his arrest, strip-search, forced urine tests, forced confession in Arabic— with no access to a lawyer. The report also states that he was not allowed to have tests independently confirmed after his subsequent arrest of the apparent possession of 0.03g of hashish, weighing less than a grain of sugar. (Update, May 2010: The Detained in Dubai charity informs: It cost him over USD$100,000 in legal—and an international publicity campaign—to finally get him out.)
For a report on this in The Times (UK), click here.
Click here (not online as of 24-02-2011) to see the 49-page list of banned prescription drugs offered as a link on a tourism website.
Click here to see a BBC news report of another man arrested for possession of hashish, 0.03 grams on the tread of the bottom of his shoe. (Daily flights are conveniently available from Amsterdam to Dubai.) In the article, the Chief Executive of Fair Trials International says, "What many travelers may not realize is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or even in tiny, trace amounts on their person." Additional banned substances listed in the report include painkillers like codeine and some cold and flu medication.
Click here to see a report of the arrest of a man for the possession of 3 poppy seeds, from a bun eaten at Heathrow Airport, that were on his shirt.
Click to read about the apparent "sex on the beach" incident. You can search Google for more coverage.
Click here to read the US State Department’s country overview. Specifically for investors/business partners: "U.S. citizens have at times become involved in disputes of a commercial nature that have prompted local firms or courts to take possession of the U.S. citizen’s passport. Travel bans may also be enforced against U.S. citizens involved in financial disputes with a local sponsor or firm. Such travel bans, which are rigidly enforced, effectively prevent the individual from leaving the UAE for any reason until the dispute is resolved." Check out other overviews on other country government websites.
This may or may not apply to cultural and educational partners.
Click here and here to see reports of, among other things, forced labor conditions of construction workers from South Asia and prison for those, including Western expatriates, who were unable to pay mortgages and pay back other credit.
Also, these articles report 3000 cars abandoned at Dubai airport by fleeing expatriates earlier this year.
Also, click here for another report on the forced labour of South Asian construction workers, with confiscation of passports.
Click to read about prison for expat lesbians. Click to read about the detention of apparently "40 cross-dressing tourists".
Click here to read about outrage over the rape case of a French-Swiss teenage boy.
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