...Let me play the devil's advocate before anyone else does: Yes, Dubai has the right to come up with their own laws, and as a tourist you should know what's illegal before you go there, yadda yadda. That being said...
A British woman who alleged that she was raped in Dubai on New Year’s Eve has had her passport confiscated and may face a jail sentence after she was charged with having sex outside marriage with her fiancé.
The 23-year-old woman, a Muslim from London, of Pakistani origin, said that she was attacked by a man who is understood to be a worker in the hotel where she had been drinking with her fiancé to celebrate their engagement during a three-day holiday in Dubai.
When she reported to the police that she had been raped, she and her partner, 44, were themselves jailed for sex outside marriage, which is illegal under the emirate’s laws. Unmarried couples are not allowed to share hotel rooms or live together, although many establishments turn a blind eye. The couple were also charged with being drunk outside licensed premises.
Never fucking go to Dubai.
The fact that this sort of misogynistic horseshit exists in the 21st century nauseates me. A woman is raped (and yes, it was raped - no level of inebriation equals consent) and when trying to get help from the police, gets sent to jail for a completely unrelated "crime" that would never have been discovered otherwise. Rape victims are often traumatized by the attack - and then she faces badgering questions about sex with her fiance? Is the law and purity of women so much more important than human compassion?
Apparently it is when you're dealing with backwards sharia law in a predominantly Muslim country. Only religion, and the misogynist culture generated by said religion, can make consenting sex a criminal offense. You can bet if this woman wasn't Muslim that they'd have a lot less interest in her personal life. Isn't it lovely when honor and the rules of an Invisible Sky Daddy are more important than human rights?
This isn't going to exactly help Dubai boost their tourism like they so hope. I'm damned sure I''ll never step foot in a country with such archaic laws - I'm not inclined to go to jail or fund their ignorance.