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British kissing couple loses jail appeal in Dubai

Dubai's appeals court upholds one-month prison sentence against couple for kissing in public

  • By Bassam Za'za', Senior Reporter
  • Published: 11:53 April 4, 2010

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  • The British expats have been accused of kissing in a restaurant in the trendy Jumeirah Beach Residence neighbourhood.

Dubai: An intoxicated British couple, who kissed in public, will pay Dh1,000 fine, spend a month in jail and get deported after the Dubai Appeals Court found them guilty on Sunday.

Presiding Judge Aysar Fouad upheld the primary judgment and pronounced the 25-year-old British woman, a visitor, and the 24-year-old British man, who works in Dubai, guilty of public indecency and consuming alcohol. 

The British convicts had earlier pleaded not guilty and denied kissing in public, saying "it was a peck on the cheek". They admitted consuming liquor when they appeared in Appeals Court last month.

Fact file: Public decency rule in the UAE

Prosecutors had charged the British couple with kissing and touching each other intimately and having liquor.

The defendants are currently consulting with their lawyer Khalaf Al Hosani the legal grounds on whether to appeal Sunday's judgment before the Cassation Court.

An Emirati woman reported to the police that she spotted the couple kissing and touching at a restaurant in Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 18:00 March 15, 2010

    Just Don't Go There

    Ralph , Norfolk, VA, United States

  2. Added 17:40 March 15, 2010

    The city offers an atmosphere of openess and does not provide any warnings to those from other cultures regarding the do's and don'ts in this country. Various such incidents have come to the fore in the past, and it is time that warnings are pasted in public places regarding the commonly recurring incidents which are reported frequently. This will result in less inconvinience to tourists and citizens alike.

    Saji Varghese, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:18 March 15, 2010

    Not seing it myself, one can't judge the extent of the kiss. However, when one does not like what he sees he/she can always look the other way. This is what I teach my children. What concerns me is that this everyone is talking about these people, and they have not hurt anyone. At the same time at the same place, JBR, residents are being maltreated by bykers. The unbelivable noise continues until 3am at night and no one cares or writes about it. It is so high, that my babies can't sleep at all I think my windows will brake. One can't look away or hide from the noise.

    Ros, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:28 March 15, 2010

    It's good to educate people through media. However, it is the responsibility of individual who is visiting or residing in the UAE to understand and respect the culture, tradition and religious values prevails in the country

    M Afzal Baig, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:56 March 15, 2010

    I believe it is not right to simply take people to court. there must be awareness campaigns and suitable warnings as well. the name of the city is in jeopardy with such cases coming out all the time.

    Pooja, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:51 March 15, 2010

    Initial reports had said that this was spotted at around 2 a.m. If it is true then what were kids doing out in a restuarant at 2.a.m.? Time for kids to be in bed, isn't it?

    Jeny Michaels, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:31 March 15, 2010

    I am from UK. For me, it was normal. But we have to understand that this is not the West. This is an Islamic country and we should make them understand about our culture.

    Parvez Achhwa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:12 March 15, 2010

    I think no one should behave any thing in a rubbish manner publically. Because this is an Islamic country and we must follow the rules and regulation of the country where we stay. And any kind of bad behaviour will effect on the society.

    Shaikh Mohammad Ayyub, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:39 March 15, 2010

    I find it more disturbing the fact that this incident occurred allegedly at 2am, why were the children out at such a time when they should be tucked in bed?

    Kerry, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:37 March 15, 2010

    What are small child doing in a restaurant at 2am anyway?

    anon, Manchester, United Kingdom

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