Dubai's Nasty Little Secret

Posted by fareed shakir on April 5th, 2021

You've seen pictures of the lavish new luxury resorts; private islands in the shape of palms and Continents of the world. You've found out about the recreation parks for indoor skiing and synthetic beaches for surfing. You have in all probability imagined the all out partying psychiatrist dubai that continues on inside those glitzy skyscrapers. Am I right? Well, you had better think again!

Yet again Dubai has shocked Western cultures by jailing visitors for minuscule quantities of banned substances, and sentenced these unsuspecting travelers to four years (YES, FOUR YEARS!) in jail. A growing amount of Western tourists that are unacquainted with the strict, no tolerance policy in the United Arab Emirates, for possession of banned substances, end up in jail when highly sophisticated screening equipment finds traces of drugs on their clothes, bags or shoes. A British man was sentenced the other day to 4 years of imprisonment after screening agents found a speck of marijuana in the tread of his sneaker (so small it would be virtually invisible to the naked eye, significantly less than one grain of sugar). And you may not have to enter the nation to be targeted for search. Several unsuspecting travelers were merely transiting through Dubai with an alteration of plane on their way to a different destination.

As reported by the Times Online, "Only speck of a drug forgotten in a trouser pocket will bring a four-year jail term. Since January 2006, possession of even trace amounts of illegal drugs has triggered four-year jail terms for foreigners in transit through Dubai.The presence of drugs in the torso is counted as possession, the Foreign Office cautions. Put simply,Travelers may be jailed even though they've no drugs in it: a trace in the blood-stream of a drug consumed before entering the UAE will do to secure a jail term. Painkillers which are available with a doctors prescription or are even available over-the-counter in Europe or the United States may be illegal in Dubai."

A lot more shocking may be the classification of poppy seeds as a prohibited drug. One very unfortunate fellow hastily ate a move at Heathrow Airport before boarding his plane. You guessed it, three poppy seeds fell into his clothing, and that has been enough to get him arrested at the airport in Dubai. Apparently poppy seed possession will bring a jail term of 15 years. Are you currently kidding me!!! The Daily Mail reports, "Meanwhile a Big Brother TV executive has to date been held without charge for five days after being arrested for possessing medical supplement melatonin." Melatonin is an over-the-counter remedy utilized by a large number of Westerners to greatly help relieve the apparent symptoms of jet lag. Travelers also needs to be aware that many common prescription drugs are banned in the UAE whether you have a doctors prescription with you or not.

To be on the safe side, take a look at the US State Department's travel advisory site for the United Arab Emirates. You do not know exactly how restrictive it's over there! Individuals are required to possess your own liquor license, even yet in their own homes, to enjoy a beer or glass of wine. Tourist hotels certainly serve alcohol within their restaurants and bars, nevertheless the usage of alcohol elsewhere is strictly prohibited.

And you had better not find fault with your hotel bill or restaurant tab either. You guessed right, your passport will undoubtedly be confiscated and you will undoubtedly be detained before matter is resolved to their satisfaction.

So the next time you see one particular glitzy television specials about how precisely wonderful it's in Dubai, think again, and spend your money in a nation with an acceptable judicial system.

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