Whether you are a man or woman, UAE laws treat you equally if you happen to break their law. A British woman is facing two years in jail in Dubai after her Ukrainian flatmate reported her to police for saying ‘f*** you’ in a WhatsApp row.
The 31-year-old woman is a human resources manager from Gloucestershire, UK who allegedly made the comment in October amid an argument over who used the dining table for work during lockdown.
The woman had been living in Dubai since 2018, however, she had decided to return home permanently to be close to her family and start a new job.
To her shock, while she reached airport to board a flight back home, she was barred from leaving Dubai and hauled off the flight on Saturday.
The Briton had already shipped her belongings home and was securing herself a seat on one of the limited flights when she was pulled aside by airport authorities. However, she was told she could not leave and that there was a police case against her.
After being shuffled between police stations, she discovered that her flatmate had lodged a police complaint against her over the argument, claiming she had felt offended.
She now faces jail or a hefty fine because the flatmate refused to withdraw her complaint. The woman told The Sun:
I can’t believe what my flatmate has done — she has been so spiteful. I pleaded with her to withdraw the complaint but she said, This is a criminal case.
Speaking with Detained In Dubai, she added:
I would never have expected a European to take advantage of the UAE’s strict laws.
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