We have been discussing how Dubai is trying to lure Westerners to the country while it is continuing to impose the medieval Islamic Sharia system with predictably abusive results, particularly for women. Recently we discussed how Dubai police arrested a 30-year-old Ethiopian woman after she gave birth to a child as an unmarried woman. The latest bizarre case involved Briton Jamie Harron, 27, who is facing a possible three-year jail sentence over claims that he touched a man on the hip in a bar. He has already been given a month long sentence for drinking alcohol and making a rude gesture.
Dubai added to its medieval legal system with a trial in absentia that Harron says was never disclosed to him or his lawyer. The latest charge arises from Harron touching the hip of a man at the bar. He says that he was trying to get around the man while trying not to spill his drink at the Rock Bottom Bar.
Police were called and Harron was arrested for public indecency and held for five days. He has now been stuck in Dubai for three months, lost his job and is in debt to more than £30,000 in expenses and legal fees.
If that is not enticement enough to discover the thrills of vacationing in Dubai, here is their tourism site encouraging you to “discover all that is possible in Dubai.” It turns out that a three-year-sentence for brushing against a man in a bar is just one of those things.