Dubai has had an interesting relationship with tourists over the years. Back in 2010, a couple was imprisoned for a month, fined, and deported for kissing in public while on vacation. Reactions at the time were mixed, with many vowing to take visiting Dubai off of their bucket lists for their ridiculous reaction to the non-issue and others blaming the couple for knowingly doing something that was against the law in the UAE.
This time however, things are a little different. It's illegal to have alcohol in your system there, yet there are plenty of bars around. That law worked against 27-year-old Jamie Harron after police showed up and arrested him for drinking alcohol and public indecency after brushing against another man's hip to avoid spilling his drink a few minutes earlier.
He spent a few days in jail, but had his passport confiscated once he was released and remained stranded in Dubai for three months. After losing his job and about £30,000 in legal fees, the charges were dropped and he is finally free to go home.
He has received his passport and has been advised he is free to leave. Will post updates as to his departure.— Detained in Dubai (@detainedindubai) October 23, 2017
This latest incident isn't sitting well with anyone, and people are letting Dubai's tourism department know it.