Italian Fined for Kiss in Dubai
News, December 29, 2004
A drunken Italian tourist has been fined more than $3,000
(£1,566) for hugging and kissing a woman in public in the United Arab
Emirates. Police took the couple in for questioning after seeing them
embracing in the back of a taxi near Dubai airport, said local paper Gulf
Officers say the pair confessed to kissing and hugging,
and the Italian also admitted to being drunk.
The woman, an Egyptian national, had to pay $500 for lewd
behaviour in public.
Considered one of the most liberal emirates, Dubai
currently boasts about 5m visitors a year—many of them Westerners—and is
keen to establish itself as the Gulf’s business and leisure hub.
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