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14 August, 2006

Bonking on the beach

Shock horror disaster as Gulf News reveals that "indecent acts are commonplace" on Dubai's beaches:

Dubai: In the early morning on a beach in the Jumeirah area, couples can be seen embracing in the water, while others engage in "indecent acts" in clear view of people nearby, seemingly oblivious to those around them.

Well, that's what you get for courting international package tourism. Deal with it. The minute you start arresting Gary and Tracy from Basingstoke for a bit of kiss-me-quick, or Heindrich and Helga from Dusseldorf for a bit of fichens-sie-bitte, it's adieu Dubai, hola Espana.

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Blogger marwan said...

I'd be interested to know which beaches. And if these are tourists...would it more still be unacceptable within the confines of a private hotel beach? Or does that not fall under moral laws of the UAE?

'He said, adding that such acts were not the characteristic of "Arab and Islamic" societies."'
Huh? So where did all those 6-7 kids in the typical Arab family come from then, eh?

And kudos to the young football players on the beach, who accept it and ignore it. At least the future generation understands the way humanity works.

14 August, 2006 05:21  
Blogger anonymous lurker said...

i thought this was psuedo-sanctioned by the authorities as a 'look we are so hip we shag in public' thing. and let us not talk about the blacked out bouncy bouncy cars at wafi.

14 August, 2006 06:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost got arrested on redondo Beach california for Indecent exposure a long time ago..when i was young and that I am a grown adult I realize that indecent is indecent wherever you humble opinion is...when in rome do as the decent do.....

14 August, 2006 08:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true SD. I'll be off on holiday somewhere where I can have a tickle in the water; it's not a holiday without it!

This reminds me of the Dark Ages in Europe. What's next? Burning witches? Religous persecution? Corruption? Barbarians?

14 August, 2006 09:00  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

Replace 'burning witches' with 'stoning adulteresses' and we've got the lot out here in abundance

14 August, 2006 09:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its common knowledge among long term residents that Jumeirah Beach is the place to go for same sex activities (and cruising) in the night. Its famous for it. Now there is also opposite sex activites? Thats called progress...

14 August, 2006 10:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think journalists in the UAE are utterly confused as to what the authorities want. I would hardly worry about people kissing, hugging or even sun-bathing (topless, etc.) I am far more concerned with street walkers and clubs/bars that turn into meat markets.

I don't blame the journalists because no one has given them a heads-up as to what is expected and what is not. The authorities would like to give journalists freedom, but are not sure how to do it.

All in all, it's a whole bunch of very confused people, resulting in absurd articles like the one mentioned.

Indecent acts? How about arresting the guys picking up the Chinese hookers behind Burjuman.. not to mention the brothels of Al Baraha. I mean, COME ON! Why is every article I see in the newspapers turning out to be an insult to the intelligence of the residents of this country?

Here's an advice: WE ARE NOT THAT STUPID.

14 August, 2006 11:02  
Blogger secretdubai said...

The authorities would like to give journalists freedom, but are not sure how to do it.

Where did you get that idea? They wouldn't at all. The current crackdown on free speech is terrifying. The amount of stories getting quashed - particularly in economic/property/human right areas - is horrific. Newspapers here are really struggling at the moment, things have gone markedly backwards in the past 18 months.

14 August, 2006 11:21  
Blogger Mise said...

'The current crackdown on free speech is terrifying.'

There's no such thing as giving The Press limited freedom of expression.

You either allow journalists to break/investigate/write whatever stories they want to (as long as that reporting is free, fair, and unbiased) or you stick to mall openings and airport greetings.

Anything else is still censorship under a different name.

14 August, 2006 11:31  
Blogger Jassim said...

This is what happens when you let Euro-Trash in. @ ANON 9:00 Costa Del Trash is waiting for you, hurry before the summer is over.

And at Marwan...please go find that missing chromosome of yours which you misplaced, b4 leaving future comments.

14 August, 2006 12:15  
Blogger SIN said...

"I don't blame the journalists because no one has given them a heads-up as to what is expected and what is not. The authorities would like to give journalists freedom, but are not sure how to do it...."

Oh they have been given a heads up's by keeping their heads down and turning a blind eye to the truth.
The authorities don't want to give them freedom, rather they want to take what little there is away.
Honestly, today reporting has become a bed of minefields and you never really know which one will be THE one that will blow up in your face.
The mass destruction of coral reefs, the Palm island disasters, the human rights violations - it's all there in plain sight, except in the halls of fame of the local Press.

14 August, 2006 12:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible isn't it: You let 'Euro Trash' in and all Hell breaks loose; bare flesh on the beach, animal rights, even Human rights. Whatever next.

Dubaibaggie, isn't it amazing how British Airways offers 500 years of time travel in just 7 hours? Who's for Highway Jousting or Aristocratic in-breeding?

14 August, 2006 14:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it is not typical in Arab societies to not show affection in public.

What do you expect when it is considered normal to drive around and harrass women, abuse sub cons and be a total hypocrite.

- Dubai Dave

14 August, 2006 15:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly Dubai will, and is ending up a package holiday destination where all the tracksuit families will eventually end up when they fancy a venture away from their normal jaunts of Benidorm, Magaluf etc.

Sad but true...

14 August, 2006 15:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to add to my comment above - there is a competition on The Suns website today (14/8) to win a holiday to a 5 star hotel in the UAE. The tracksuit family will be arriving sooner rather than later...

14 August, 2006 15:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Markus. When in Rome.... If local social mores look down on copping a feel in the ocean but turn a blind eye to shagging in the back seat of a blacked-out SUV in a shopping mall garage, whose to say who is right or who is wrong? Living abroad is meant to open you up to new ways of doing things and allow you to experience new things. Now, anyone know of a good place to get car windows blacked-out?

14 August, 2006 15:54  
Blogger marwan said...

"The amount of stories getting quashed - particularly in economic/property/human right areas - is horrific."

Now I'm really interested. What aren't we being told?

14 August, 2006 16:08  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

1) That .il exists!

2) Where to pick up a good quality hooker in Dubai.

3) Err...The highway code

4) That tomorrow there will be a 6 lane highway next to the house you just bought.

Same old stuff really.

14 August, 2006 16:15  
Blogger marwan said...

To Jassim:
You're sloshed if you don't think the UAE is a major sex tourism destination for nearby GCC countries.

Oh, and let us know when your purchase of Blogspot from Google is complete, so you can begin moderating all comments.

14 August, 2006 16:15  
Blogger SIN said...

Is this a trick question Marwan?
Why do you think the 'powers that be' want a media blackout for some of the biggest scandals this city (and country) has ever seen?

Because they are the ones who have caused it, and are continuing to do so.

Also, don't forget that they want to place Dubai on the international map and they believe that if they create a Stepford Wives existence, people will come running with their money and their expertise.

14 August, 2006 17:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the self-righteous crap we have to put up with from the locals and their so called saintly behaviour. I happen to know from experience that if you want to see the true nature of locals, just watch them immediately after Ramadan.

They go wild! I was actually propositioned by a local, just standing on the curbside at EIGHT THIRTY IN THE MORNING, waiting for a cab. Dressed in office gear mind you!

And god help you, if you're a single girl, and you're accosted by a carful of youthful local men. Then even the cops dont help, forget other onlookers.

I guess thats considered decent?

14 August, 2006 17:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sand just gets everywhere! But the sea is great when the temperature is just right and the wadi's aren't to bad either (but the fish do tend to have an odd nibble) :P

DXB will have to turn a blind eye, just like they do about the prostitues and other such activities.

14 August, 2006 18:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amount of stories getting quashed - particularly in economic/property/human right areas - is horrific. Newspapers here are really struggling at the moment, things have gone markedly backwards in the past 18 months.

This is really sad to read. When I was there about a year ago, the newspapers were getting quite bold and quite a few strong stories came out. Is this is reaction to that?

14 August, 2006 18:44  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Quick note:

Guys, remember 6 days' jovial attempts to take the RTA to task for the Jumeirah Beach Road completion? Anyone note how quickly the editorial powers that be changed their tune? They had a cute little counter tallying the number of of days the project was running over... and GONE!

I have it on reasonably good authority that they're actually in trouble with the homeland security department, no less!

Let this be a lesson to all us cynical facetious pamphleteers - criticizing roadworks can be high treaon ;)

14 August, 2006 21:38  
Blogger Insipid Chagrin said...

Ooh, i've just picked up on this. Anonymous (the third one from the top) -no offence, but i've never really understood how any one can take credit for 'human rights'as if they were the sole individual responsible for introducing the concept to a benighted society.

I mean, there's no question that personal liberties are guarded in Europe, as were (are?) in the UK once upon a 2003, but isn't that a collective effort on the part of society and its government?

You can't, really can't, imply that introducing Caucasians, meridionals, what have you, to a country is what gets with the human rights programme. On the contrary, many (but thankfully not all!) members of the erstwhile European community that i've run into in the sand lands are purple in the face, foul of disposition, a tad (or more) bigoted, and are diligently weaving in and out of SZ traffic in their little Aston Martins while balancing soy lattes on the steering wheel. Can't really be considered proponents of, or having exclusive divine right to, human rights.

This "we give you human rights" Messiah complex I find disconcerting, but also somewhat amusing.

14 August, 2006 22:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is worthless without grainy cellphone pics/videos.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Best Regards,

Mohammed Trumpet

15 August, 2006 00:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed how 6days have lowered its tone since the "open letter to landlord"?
Since then reading 7days is as boring as reading KT's City Times.
Maybe the editor and journalists got free apartments in the marina :)

15 August, 2006 01:10  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

More likely that they were offered free rooms in the local correction facilities if they didn't

15 August, 2006 07:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Insipid Chargrin

Perhaps what anon was trying to imply was that the only people that give a toss about the treatment of blue collar workers, adulterers (and cats flung out of cars on the highway) and the only people that actually stand up and make a noise about it have already learnt their lessons; 500 years ago.

15 August, 2006 08:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? I don't see many 'enlightened' Westerners doing anything other than hand-wringing before slipping back into their luxury car and getting back to their cosy life.

As for Dubai 'becoming' the new Benidorm...I can only assume you guys don't go out. It's been downtown chav-ville for at least a year. This place has long been a wide-boy paradise for residents, and the JBH is a well known chav hotel.

15 August, 2006 09:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can all have a good rant about the lack of free press, the various injustices, the hooker bars... but it won't change a damn thing since we live under what is essentially a dictatorship (they don't care what you or I think).

This country is all about making as much money as possible (since it is not as rich in oil as some people think) from tourism, property and big business. If that income comes under threat through sanctions, investigation and criticism from international bodies then we may see some changes.

By the way, I don't think tourists are often found on public beaches - I think the 'indecencies' are probably being committed by residents.

And ladies, perhaps we should be grateful for the hooker bars and brothels - at least if they can buy it freely, they won't come hassling the rest of us too often.

15 August, 2006 21:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey people,

I always find Dubai ''discussions'' amusing.

There have been a few people who have said ‘’if you don’t like it then leave’’. These have been quotes from the dish-dashed minority. But they are right. Just get the hell out. I have long decided that this place has nothing that I want. It has nothing to offer that would ever make me happy. I always assume that those people who rant about the lack of rights are newbies because you can only be horrified for so long before you start asking yourself questions.

Just by being here in the sandpit we are backing the system that we rant about. Our presence here makes the country stronger. If we were not here imagine the state they would be in. An emirate that is a state, another first for Dubai. Not the free kind of state but one where these overfed, short of understanding lumps would have to figure out how to run (and staff) a country. Now that would be amusing viewing, from a webcam far away in a normal country on You Tube.

All you people seem to be aware of your surroundings and the crap that goes on. So if you all are so aware of what is wrong in this country (and there is soooo much wrong) then why are you sill here? Your presence here must mean that you support the systems in place. Because if you really felt so strongly about freedom of press, basic human rights then you would get the hell out. No?

So are your rants a ways of pacifying yourself about the fact that you really do support all the wrong things that happen here? Because if you continue to stay here then that is what you are doing. Don’t kid yourself that the lines you write here are doing anything constructive. You live where you live, here in a dictatorship. Accept it or move on.

So the next time you feel a rant coming on, ask yourself this questions; is this where i really want to be.

I asked myself that questions and guess what? I am leaving!!

16 August, 2006 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm here because I earn more money than I would in India. I'm also here because I was born here. I am leaving the country soon though and am very happy to be doing so.

I guess we complain here because we live here. Even if we do so by choice, its not incorrect to point out hypocrisy and double standards. Its not incorrect to talk (or even bitch and moan) about the quality of life here.

If you were back in your home country or any other country and even any other country, you would complain.

Let me give you a "fr'instance". If you were in a movie theatre and watching a movie, and some people in the theatre made a lot of noise and didnt let you watch the movie in peace, would you shut up or "leave if you dont like it"..? Or would you complain about it..? Why..?

Lastly. The question that piques me more is what are YOU doing here..? If youre obviously taking the advice of the locals and "leaving because you dont like it.."

16 August, 2006 17:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You live where you live, here in a dictatorship. Accept it or move on."

I don't find the "like it or lump" it attitude a valid one in today's society where we are all responsible for the world we live in and not just the country we live in. Yes, I am a newbie to Dubai (1 year) but I was born and brought up in another Gulf State a lot stricter than this one. I am half Arab, half European and spent the last 14 years in the UK. So I guess I feel I know both sides.

What bothers me most about this country is the hypocrisy.

Well, I'm off now to get my pedicure and then boss the maid around...

16 August, 2006 18:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The authorities are not a united entity that has a singular opinion. There are many heads and things don't always go a certain way (a way most of us here would consider obviously right).

A bit unrelated:

I really think it's time to kick off a true underground weekly. Proper editorial, etc. Not one of those comical ones, but a serious one. That usually makes the powers-that-be nervous enough to realize it's better to have more relaxed regulations than drive things underground.

17 August, 2006 00:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell that to the marines... or should i say baladiya?

17 August, 2006 15:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was afraid this shit never happens in dubai... but it does. So I might take this job offer in dubai after all.

18 August, 2006 23:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Journalists and freedom? That does not exist in the UAE. A well known Indian Journalist and long time resident was refused visa renewal, because of an interview with an ousted south asian leader. Apparently the current ruler of that country had asked the ministry of interior in the UAE to refuse the visa renewal. The UAE is that spineless? Appalling!

23 August, 2006 09:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why DO you brits and europeans like going to repressive islamic countries so much? Don't you get enough of that back in London?
If you like sand, Tel Aviv has great beaches. And you're free to do whatever you like. And you don't have to cover your shoulders, and women can drive cars (wow!)
Really, it doesn't make sense. Europe exterminates its mostly-assimilated Jews, then imports a bunch of reactionary Muslims who refuse to assimilate, and hate your culture, and tell you you're trash. And you feel a sense of cultural guilt, as if they have better morals than you do. And then you guys all go on holiday in their countries, where all kinds of horrific abuses are right there in plain sight, and you just ignore it.
When in arabia, do as the arabs do, you say. And when the arabs are in london, let the british also do as the arabs do.
That's how they like it, you know. They view you as weak and inferior.

Well, just saying, you made a bad trade. You should come to Tel Aviv and see why they all want to kill us.

26 October, 2008 09:41  

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