host Carol Off: CAROL OFF: What are the chances that [this woman] will be convicted for this extramarital sex charge and imprisoned? So, unless the UK government steps up and intervenes — or the UAE government reacts to this negative press that this case has been receiving — she could be looking at a very long time there. RS: Well, I mean, they're obviously very frightened … When we're talking about rape, it's very standard that you will be charged for sex outside of marriage. If people don't do that, how can they ever get any justice?RADHA STIRLING: Based on our experience, I think the chances are actually quite unfortunately high. CO: You've been in contact with some of the woman's family and friends. RS: Yes, I mean, when it comes to sexual assault what I usually recommend to my clients is that they consider whether they do want to make a report.According to Radha Stirling — the founder of the UK-based charity Detained in Dubai — it's not clear whether these men are in Dubai or the UK.However, Stirling says the British Embassy "seems to have confirmed that the men were also arrested, in which case, whether it was rape or wasn't, the men will definitely be charged with some sort of a crime." The woman remains in Dubai and has been released on bail. CO: How often does this happen that foreigners are arrested and charged in Dubai? We receive inquiries from all sorts of reports of crimes every month — hundreds and hundreds. CO: You have warned visitors to the country not to go to the police with these kinds of cases.However, you will realize quickly that there is some difference between the law and its implementation, both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Prostitution is actually very common, and you will see many unmarried couples (and many unfaithful husbands).The UAE are an Arab Muslim country, so they have a different approach than us concerning this matter.As a consequence, be aware that, according to the law, it is strictly prohibited: - to have sex without being married, - to have sex with someone else than the person you're married with. Housesharing is also prohibited, in order to avoid the possibility of unmarried couples living together.
According to reports by Gulf News, he agreed to have intercourse with the manager for Dh1,500 (£250) for the night.
Even if this license is asked in very few liquor stores, it is always better to have it in case of a control.
Be careful: alcohol is strictly forbidden in the Emirate of Sharjah, as well as when crossing a border with the Sultanate of Oman or Saudi Arabia.
It's only a recent phenomenon that these foreign nationals have been giving the press coverage.
Since then, most people — I'd say around 90% of people — would decide not to report a crime if they have the knowledge in advance that it's going to lead to a potential arrest.