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08 February, 2008

Codeine Traceys

0.003g of cannabis stuck to the bottom of your shoe?
Four years in Al Slammer.

Taking a legal health supplement for jet lag?
Arrested without bail.

Dubai is completely fucked up when it comes to drugs. There are dozens of ludicrous cases to mention: Codeine Tracy - jailed for legally prescribed medicine. Seven months without trial for two heart patients on heart medication. Smoke cannabis outside the UAE - even in a country where it's legal - four years at the minus-seven-star Al Wathba.

Of course if you're a bonafide celebrity, they'll probably look the other way.

What makes this particularly galling is the prevalent drug use among Dubai sheikhs. If the royal families were all squeaky clean, it might not be so hypocritical. But when we all well know of various junkie and ex-junkie emirati princes, it more than sticks in the craw that the Dishdashes-That-Be can't sort out their antiquated, draconian, inegalitarian and simply unjust legal system.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest drunks, & drug users are the sheikhs. Their children consume copiuous amounts of drugs. They can get away with it because they get VIP access when landing, & their bags never get checked in Dubai, never. They go straight from the plane, & a car will wait for them outside.

They almost always travel by private airplane, & when they do not travel by airplane, & take schedule services the same things happens. They come directly to the tarmac by car, & get escorted to first class.

Corrupt, Corrupt, Corrupt.

08 February, 2008 15:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above applies to all the UAE, & not just Dubai. It is even worse in other countries of the GCC. The Saudi ones are beyond compare. They put crack addcits to shame. One of them even overdozed in a London hotel.

08 February, 2008 15:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly SD. And who only knows what's being shipped through the ports.

08 February, 2008 17:06  
Blogger Peripatetic Engineer said...

The only way to get change is for tourists to stop visiting Dubai.

08 February, 2008 17:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is worse in the Evil Kingdom where they actually behead people. If you are poor Asian mule smuggling 100g of Hash your head get the chopped of but if you are a Royal then you can get 1kg of coke through customs, along with a friendly wave. The drug problem in the UAE has been surpressed but use amongst locals is already out of control. Funny thing is that as long as the Sheiks get their cut off the booze trade (legal or semi-legal as in SHJ police that turns a blind eye to cars buying booze in RAK and going back to Dubai as long as Baraccuda gives them a cut) everyting is hunky dory. Maybe the Sheiks should legalize drugs as well (as Haram as Alcohol in Shari'a) and make money. Everything will be OK and Dubai will be the Amsterdam of the Middle-East.
Think about it. I am sure they already have.

08 February, 2008 21:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems there's a lot of racial profiling at Dubai airport. I've seen black men getting stopped and searched while lots of white people walk past. Of course this Rasta got checked... It's shocking that the sheikhs can coke, spliff and horse their faces off with total immunity, and these scapegoats are given four years for nothing. He was in Ethiopia - every shoe there has at least 0.003g of cannabis stuck to the bottom of it, just like every item of clothing in Yemen has a tiny bit of qat on it. Word will spread and tourists will be put off going.

08 February, 2008 21:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

guys seriously, this guy looks like some rastafarian junkie, dubai airport security is crap, i have never had my bags scaned when comming out the airport, this guy must have been acting crazy for them to stop him, and then have to search his SHOES? seriously something doesnt make sense here and obviously something is being covered the end of the day, dont bring drugs into the uae, there are already loads here, crystal meth etc, its all the rage amongst the expat kids, so many emiratis have huge drug problems, to be honest its about time that this country started implementing strict drug rules, seriously, dubai has some serious drug addicts, and btw i honestly doubt this will have any impact on a tourist coming here, this kinda thing has happened a lot before, with some high profile people aswell, and tourist numbers have increased

08 February, 2008 22:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an observer, not in the UAE, I don't think that drugs will put tourists off or the rules applied to prescription medication either.

I imagine what would impact on tourism is if crime became an issue, whether from drugs or not. But as the two tend to be inseparable, if the drug problems described really get out of control, then the low crime rate the UAE touts as an enticement to visitors may well become a thing of the past... and with it, high levels of tourism.

08 February, 2008 22:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment above. How does one zero in on shoes as the place to search? Also, the Swiss guy with three poppy seeds on his clothes? Those things are impossible to see with the naked eye. Unless they have high-tech invisible tracers tracking every single passengers (in which case passengers coming from the Netherlands better watch out) something doesn't look right here and I'm sure they were under suspicion before.

08 February, 2008 23:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That nigger is a pusher, just look at his face!

Here are some sample from the daily mail comments section:

That's the way to deal with the drug problem in the UK.
- Casey, Crawley West Sussex

If don't like the rules of a country don't go there.
- Chris Allan, Winchester UK

Britain could do with investing in the same high tech equipment to be used at our airports.
- Owldshep, England

Sounds good to me - build more prisons and import these drug prevention controls here please. Many lives would be saved.
- Robert El-Cid., Hull, East Yorks

Sounds like they have got it right in Dubai.
- Chris Downing, Yorkshire

It should be the same here.
- Colin Perry, London

This does not sit right, but why can't Britain be strong like other countries.
- Kim, Brighton

Surely the real question here is how does a "youth worker" from the West Midlands with a family to provide for, afford properties in two different countries and be able to afford to travel back and forth regularly. Is there a house price boom currently going on in Ethiopia? Or am I in the wrong job?
- Sean, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Good on these authorities for actually enforcing the law of the land, I have no pity for the suspects and criminals whom they have caught, some ignorant, some stupid and some simply brazen. It seems that suspect "profiling" is alive, well and working effectively in some parts of the world.
It's a shame that our own establishment is so weak by comparison.
- Perfectly Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland

08 February, 2008 23:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest drunks, & drug users are the sheikhs.

While you're at it, please be more specific.

09 February, 2008 04:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comment moderation!


09 February, 2008 04:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 04:07

"No comment moderation!"

Yeah, looks like SD's testicles just descended.

09 February, 2008 04:13  
Blogger secretdubai said...

LOL - yeah, my cojones are dangling a bit lower - but any names posted here without links to reputable newspaper articles or similar sources will be deleted. For reasons of defamation and general ethical fairness.

So if you can find a Times article specifying that Sheikh X was arrested for DUI or a BBC story about Emir Y doing rehab then by all means link to it, but no speculation beyond that thanks.

09 February, 2008 04:17  
Blogger Kyle said...

Everybody repeat after me: ‘There’s no dope in Dubai. There never was, and there never will be because of the ever-active UAE version of the DEA’.

Well, that’s better now that it’s been taken care of!


From some of the comments that you cited, it feels like people are having dope pushed down their friggin throats. Whatever happened to a plain ‘no’ or is that too major an effort upon anybody?


After reading about how people get shoved aside, we always carry a prescription in our handy bag. Although, it doesn’t work most of the times because of morons in wrong jobs that don’t know jack about meds and their benefits to a person’s well-being!

What Dubai has forgotten along their rollercoaster ride to the top is that there’s a dire need at their exit/entry points, of a full-time medically proficient person to distinguish between a pill and a joint and its after-effects!

09 February, 2008 08:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

evan that codeina tracey was acting like a psycho on her flight, the member of the cabin crew had her offloaded cos of her eratic behaviour, obviously she was on something a bit stronger tan codeine, or was abusing medication. This guy obviously had a lot more on him, but its not in Dubais best intrest to publiclly state they have a huge drug problem, it will make the city look really bad especially for tourists

09 February, 2008 10:02  
Blogger CG said...

The only problem with these stories is how the media plays them (or what information they have or choose to use).
There is more to this than profiling, and by ripping the ruling family apart you will achieve much less than you think.

09 February, 2008 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

weirdly nuf... in india there are Govt stalls that sell " Bhang" a milky drink made with cannabis and its drank by majority of indians during religious festivities like Holi( festival of colours) and Maha Shivratri ( marriage Anniv. of Lord Shiva) but smoking weed is not allowed in india. Point here is if you test indians specially the religious ones they all will test positive for THC so if you get caught and you are an indian.. Get Saeed Al Ghalani to slam that on the face of the court " its his religion, he must take cannabis" ... oh and dun get drugs throught airport guys.. when you have every thing easiely avil. in Ajman if you know the right places.

09 February, 2008 12:06  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

I know cases that tourists were busted in UAE because of traffic violation, then tested positive for drugs at police station and then sent straight to court for drug abuse while they used drugs before they enter UAE border.

I'm not questioning the heart of actions against drugs but it should be companied by rational laws to yield results. But today, it's skewed in UAE like any other law. Zero tolerance is more of a show-off to the world rather than real prevention technique. Else, RAK is the main gateway of drugs and loads of small boats transport drugs on a daily basis with no supervision.

09 February, 2008 15:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, let's talk examples.

I can NAME a sheikh who has a serious problem with cannabis addiction.

He and his assistants arrange dope and cocaine for visiting models and "creative" people.

So as not to get this post deleted, I will just say that he is a sheikh in an emirate that consists of three words, and that his family name is Al Q...

09 February, 2008 16:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What makes this particularly galling is the prevalent drug use among Dubai sheikhs"...
..."but any names posted here without links to reputable newspaper articles or similar sources will be deleted. For reasons of defamation and general ethical fairness"

Stupid Secret Dubai.
Eat your heart out.

09 February, 2008 17:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
It is already on the beeb. Now, living in Europe, I could not believe how people here perceive Dubai as just being an elaborate hoax. Even, recruiting Brits, Kiwis, etc.. at bargain salary is getting harder. Western TVs have actually ran less than flattering features on Dubai and other GCC states.
First rule of Marketing: "Never believe your own hype.#

09 February, 2008 18:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

flatus, your citation of The Daily Mail as an illustration of a cross-section of British opinion is laughable. It is a disgusting right-wing tabloid. And I don't see why you had to say "nigger", what's his colour got to do with it? we are discussing the hypocrisy of attitudes.

09 February, 2008 20:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peripatetic Engineer

If that ever happens, then the rest of us will make it to work on time :)

No more salik and their bullshit flashing cameras.

Welcome to the land of rip off in any way they can.

10 February, 2008 08:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Else, RAK is the main gateway of drugs and loads of small boats transport drugs on a daily basis with no supervision.

No wonder you have an Internet connection, a computer and so much free time.

10 February, 2008 11:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the 2nd most emailed news within the last 24 hours in BBC (UAEs drug laws)

Just waiting for someone to come and say "BBC should be banned, how dare they critisize us"

10 February, 2008 16:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 16:35

Or indeed the 'if you don't like it, leave!'
-'I'd like to leave but I can't! I'm in jail!!!'


11 February, 2008 12:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from the absolute absurdity of the sentences are the comments from the readers of the Daily Mail. What kind of crazy right-wing newspaper is this?

11 February, 2008 16:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say Singapore has similar shitty laws on its books.

11 February, 2008 17:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai truly is the city of contrasts ! See this - especially the bit about the party on the Palm.

11 February, 2008 18:37  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

there is a new story of American busted for 0.45 grams of marijuana and two seeds of cannabis.

Funny thing is that it's mentioned they found tobacco mixed with marijuana in the poor guy's luggage. So recording exact amount of 0.45 grams of marijuana means they have a troop of police officers sitting in their offices separating marijuana from tobacco thread by thread. :D it should be a really interesting job!!

11 February, 2008 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The World should just legalize Weed..its a Natural Herb strait from the ground..better than Alcohol anyday!

11 February, 2008 23:34  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

The more I read about cases and how stupid they are, the more revolting this subject becomes.

Thinking of putting someone to 4 years jail term for poppy seed makes inferno a much more logical place than UAE and of course Satan a much more reasonable being than Shaikhs!

12 February, 2008 04:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patients with serious ilnesses often must travel with opiates and other painkillers.

At the same time, Dubai is promoting itself as a healthcare capital (given the appaling level of care in this country that is a bit ironic)

Where do you draw the line for people traveling through Dubai Airport to visit the local hospitals? Cancer, massive trauma, cataract, etc???

All others go to jail?

12 February, 2008 08:18  
Blogger Ashraf Zeitoon said...

I am just wondering, if you hate Dubai and everything it stands for, why dont you just Leave and Go back to home country or anywhere else?....

Living in Dubai and LOVING IT

12 February, 2008 12:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

obviously you come from an even worse country, god take care of you!

probably dubai is the only other place you have seen outside your own country :-)

13 February, 2008 18:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret Dubai,
if all what you gossip about is true, then why don't you face and tell the government about it?
Or, are you just a coward who likes to gossip in your secret diary....

14 February, 2008 00:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kicker?

You can actually buy poppy seed bread in Spinneys. Yup, right there in the Bakery section.

Open air drug dealing. That's what it is.

And to all those (Zeitoon) who use the tired ol' sentence: Don't like it, leave? Here's a little bit of reality for ya: They're trying to leave. But they're also going to salvage their lifelong savings/investments before they get the kucf out. UAE is making like the Titanic .. *blub blub* Hear that?

14 February, 2008 00:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"obviously you come from an even worse country, god take care of you!

probably dubai is the only other place you have seen outside your own country :-)"

That goes triple for you, my friend, if you actually admire a cesspool of muck like this place.

14 February, 2008 00:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't buy poppy seed bread in Spinneys. What looks like poppy seed is actually black sesame.

But why ban poppy seed bread anyway?? Its not like you could ever eat enough to get a buzz! And they sell nutmeg freely - that's a much better hallucenogenic!!

14 February, 2008 11:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its remarkable that whilst many Brits lauded NY Guiliani's zero tolerance against graffiti which instituted harsh penalties to dramatically reduce crime - these very same people castigate others for promoting human development and freedom by banning noxious substances. They're poisonous drugs for god's sake there's no benefit in them.

There are so many levels of inaccuracies here its incredible. if you THINK your bags havent been scanned at the airport you're wrong. they've instituted state of the art behind the scenes scanners specifically to reduce your waiting time at the airport.

instead of complaining you should be lining up to support these efforts

14 February, 2008 13:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

geez guys, everyone needs to relax, this guy obviously had more than 0.0000003 grams of canabbis stuck to his shoe, all we have heard is his story, ive not heard a single official press release from Dubai about it, so its probabilly over exageratted cos something doesnt make sense, the guy who had poppy seeds on him wasnt put in prison for four years he was just detained and then released, and even then we dont acctually no if its true or not, and there is no need to bring drugs into dubai there are loads here already, anyone here about the 15 year old boy a few years ago who was selling drugs to school kids? he wasnt emirati either

14 February, 2008 14:35  
Blogger Ashraf Zeitoon said...

For the ignorants among the commentaters, which seem to be alot on this website, I lived in the US, and Canada for more than 5 years and I have travelled to more than 35 countries in 4 continents...

It seems that you guys, who are commenting under 'anonymous', have come here from very wealthy, economically developed, democratic and free societies and thus sacrificed alot to come to this 'cess pool'!!! and for what, for cash ...!!!

So you are more than welcome to go back to your very developed, very democratic, with an established rule of law countries....

One final comment, It is a free society, if you dont love it, JUST LEAVE IT... Thousands more are willing to take your post...

14 February, 2008 14:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would like to leave dubai, can you help me pls..i am in the jail for peddling drugs!

as for mr. zeitoon's "For the ignorants among the commentaters, which seem to be alot on this website, I lived in the US, and Canada for more than 5 years and I have travelled to more than 35 countries in 4 continents..."

for someone who really did live in english speaking countries for so long, better english spelling would help, starting with commentato(e)r!

14 February, 2008 15:47  
Blogger Ashraf Zeitoon said...

For the anonymous commentator, I am really pleasently surprised that you have internet access in Jail in Dubai, do you have that in Jails in your home country?! In fact, do you have internet in your home country?

As for the spelling mistakes in my comments, you will have to excuse me for my poor english as I did not get the opportunity to go to an up-scale english boarding school like you...

Get a life and comment on substance, that is if you can!!!!!

14 February, 2008 16:08  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

@Ashraf Zeitoon

Dude, let me ask you a question. Do you think it's fair to bust someone for a grain of poppy seed or 0.003 grams of weed?

15 February, 2008 01:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to say to all that have commented on this site, it is obviouse none of you have ever been to prison neither in dubai nor in your home countries thats is why you are all going on with your selves now i am speaking from experiance dubai is the most shitest country and the jail's are worse than the toilets in ethiopia. and as far as the topic of drugs none of the people that have been arrested have been caught with anything. I have information from inside sources that the solicitors of the UAE have no cases to work with as there is not much crime happening in dubai so they are paying customs officers at the airport 5000UAE dirhams per arrest, thanks to austin dallas spending all that money whilst his pleasant stay at the dubai prison and having more than 5 solicitors working on his case he gave the solicitors hope that they will make money by arresting british and european citizens, but they forgot most of britz and european citizens traveling to or via dubai are not celebraties or millionairs have of us cant even afford a solicitor never mind 5. So this is what i say FUCK YOU DUBAI and everyone that sticks up for them.

15 February, 2008 02:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ashraf. If you don't like it leave it! I have. There are thousand like you ready to take your place. True, then maybe you believe in quantity over quality. When I was leaving there I contributed to the local economy. My money stayed in Dubai. Now the 1,000 that will replace me, won't spend a dime more than the strict bare minimum necessity. Whatever is left will go outside the UAE. Tough time aheads, I predict for Dubai. The real estate bubble is bound to burst. The stock market already has. Maybe opening up to drugs and becoming the Amsterdam of the Middle-East is not such a bad thing for you guys (assuming you are local but your name is more Lebanese). By the way, don't think that by sucking up to locals you would be accepted and integrated into the local society. You won't.

15 February, 2008 02:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai used to be nice upto 2004 then things started to turn into shit.

Every single week there are like 20 new rules, and in the end what do you know it's all about the money and fines.

A corrupt city with full of ignorant vips that are ready to do anything for money.

Oh yea and fuck dubai court laws and their justice.

15 February, 2008 15:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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15 February, 2008 21:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HABIBA 14 February, 2008 13:03

"these very same people castigate others for promoting human development and freedom by banning noxious substances".

Hypocrisy? Cigarettes have harmed more people than poppy seeds or codeine and diseases from Tobacco addiction is one of the biggest killers on the planet. Why aren't they banned?

15 February, 2008 23:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Act 3: A Courtroom

Judge Mental: 'Next case!"

Al Clerk of the Court: "Ah m'lud, a certain Mr Gordon Ramsey who is charged with creating a cheese souffle served with a warmed poppyseed brioche."

Judge Mental: "Souffle?!.... Poppy!!! ....Seed!!!!"

Al Clerk of the Court: "Yuss, m'lud."

Judge Mental: "Gayer!.... and drug peddler!! Take him down."

16 February, 2008 09:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally know two people in the Hot 100 who shave the horse in the bathroom at parties.

16 February, 2008 19:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol - "ashraf zeitoon" that is the most lebanese name i have ever read!

Long live Shochos/.

18 February, 2008 07:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What the hell does "Shave the Horse" mean?!

18 February, 2008 19:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an expat, ex-Dubai too, I love the idea of a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs. I believe we have become far too liberal in acceptance of drugs in the west and we are paying a huge price for that. However, jail for poppy seeds are a bit too much - to think I could be jailed for a poppy seed bagel, cream cheese and smoked salmon from Grand Central stations is more than silly. Anyhow, zero policy is the way to go to stop the drugs barons and deaths from drugs. It is a good idea to keep the streets clean from drugs.

18 February, 2008 20:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Six year jail term for killing ones own sister
Four year jail term for carrying 2.16 gms of pot

To sum it up

2.16gms of Pot + 2 years = Killing Your Sister

Now you tell me whether this is Fair justice or not...

19 February, 2008 12:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But. there is more easier catch small guys smoking marihuanna than try to pinish big rich drug dealers. etc.

19 February, 2008 21:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai is loved and hated, and I guess this falls into the category of why it should be hated. There is an evolution of rules and laws that is taking place right now, it's true that they are not using the correct means of bureacracy to errect these laws, and I'm pretty certain that quite a few mishaps will occur along the way (these cases we read about in the papers have so much more to talk about that we dont hear of, come on all of you guys know how it works), yet I see a good future for Dubai; I'm not saying that it's going to be squeaky clean in the future, all countries have shit to deal with, all you people are shocked because Dubai is using strict laws when it wants to portray itself as modern. And they are trying to build a bridge between modernity and Islamic values, and personally I don't think that bridge is going to be built anytime soon.

Still lovin' Dubai!

19 February, 2008 21:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How connected do you think this Emirati youth is?

6 months for killing a cop!

20 February, 2008 17:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nd they are trying to build a bridge between modernity and Islamic values -
it seems me to be a great sentence. on the other hand, some of Islamic values will be getting modern next time.? maybe?
Who knowes.

20 February, 2008 22:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares! dubai scares!!

21 February, 2008 13:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to @ 19 February, 2008 12:38
lets do the maths:

local running over and killing expat yemini cop = 6 mdonths jail

expat with 0.003 = 4 years jail

so the crime of a local killing 8 expats is just like an expat coming in with 0.003

this is infact 100% true, and here's my evidence: on 18th Dec 2007, two of my friends died in a car which was hit in the back by an 18 year old emirati, he spent 2 weeks in jail, thats 1 week for each expat, in short, this 18 year old has more points of authority (or "wasta") than the 22 who ran the yemini expat!

21 February, 2008 18:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dubai is getting to be the purest town of the world, looks like some New York but more beutiful, no alkohol, no smokers, no fat and silly people, no drugs, no dogs, no camels shit, only some shits of falcons flying over with sheiks on ther back they are smoking hashish.

22 February, 2008 12:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dragonfly are you joking? dubai is the most corrupt evil city in the world, instead of poeple being aloud to bring drugs into the country, they would rather profit more and get people to buy drugs already in the country, corrupt corrupt corrupt!!! this city its like one big crack house, full of prostitutes and drugs, all people do here is get drunk and stoned

22 February, 2008 14:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a sheikh in RAK who has a personal problem with the use of canabis.

He also arranges cocaine for visiting minor celebrities.

03 March, 2008 21:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya guys,

I read this thread with some interest. I thought I'd pitch in for anyone who comes across this thread and wants to wade through what the deal with Dubai is. (I'm sorry it's a bit late but I've only just been let out from Dubai Central myself).

1) The offsprings off the various sheikhs are a little wayward ;) I don't know whether they get special treatment or not. But I know one royal from one of the UAE ruling families that certainly served time to "teach him a lesson" as it was told. You can call BS if you like - but he was in prison with me.

2) For all you zero-tolerance people out there. Especially the fellah that reference Mr Gulliani. Gulliani did a good thing for NY - but also violated the rights of many people. Is New York City a better place for it? I don't know - the prices have gone up but then you'd expect that don't you. If anything Gulliani has displaced the problem elsewhere outside of the 5 boroughs. Before you jump on me for being anti Gulliani - I'd have voted for him had I been living there at the time.

3) Going on from the previous point. I came over to Dubai, aware of the laws and regulations concerning drugs. A nation, or soverign state has the right to instate its own laws governing drugs. That is their right. However as a foreign national detained in Dubai, the lack of right to representations is awful. I came to Dubai carrying nothing. No drugs, no anything. You have to understand, if you are suspected you will be held for a minium of 10-20 days while they test it. So even if you are completely innocent you will be subjected to a 20 day stay at Airport Detention centre. Don't believe the BS that is being spread around at the moment, that this is a "Law awareness" issue. It isn't. The issue is that you will not get bail. You will not be provided with translations. You will not be accorded the right to dispute or representation till much later. Aside from my lawyer who did a stella job in securing my release off the back of the media coverage, I have been told first-hand by other inmates, of lawyers that don't see their clients. Lawyers that were late to the sentencing. Lawyers that didn't turn up to anything but the sentencing hearing.

If you think that your lawyers will be debating elequently in a jury about the merits of his/her client - you're sorely mistaken.

I've read about expats online defending Dubai. The most common one is - if you're not doing anything wrong you'll be fine. WRONG. One of the inmates has been living in Dubai for 15 years. Nice run. He's innocent too. Someone fingered him and CID kicked down his door.

After 15 years building a life in Dubai, he will get 4 years (less the royal pardon), and be deported. Nice. Well done Dubai. If you think you're safe you're not. I have friends in Dubai that were oblivious to the risk until I got nicked.

Thknk you're safe? it's a matter of time....

CID is *everywhere*. I was asked by CID as to whether I knew people that smoked/used. If I did, whether I would co-erce them into coming to Dubai.

4) The rumour (although unconfirmed) is that airport officials get paid between 400Dh to 40000Dh per person apprehended. The common figure is 4000Dh per head. This is unconfirmed but my understanding is that this comes striaght from Sheikh Makhtoums wallet.

I've been somewhat more reliably informed 3-4 apprehensions gets you a promotion.

5) The legal system itself is screwed. Judges are not protected by law. They are imported labour from neighboring countries. One judge said it was easier to just throw 4 years for posession at a person, becauswe they don't want to buck the trend.

dubai has the opportunity to be a fantastic place. a clash of islamic values and western prosperity.

For all the zero-tolerance people - well you know I was like you - innocent and respectful of the law and I got nicked. Luckily through the efforts of my friends and family I got out in record time. Unless the laws have changed expect to spend 4-6 months of your 4 year sentence in jail. Sentenced under the same laws that protect you.

For the rest of the ex-pats in Dubai. I have friends in Dubai, and respect their right to live there. Don't be naive about it. You should already know that CID is everywhere in Dubai ready to bust you. You already tread carefully enough I'm sure but be careful. Inspite of my own experiences, Dubai is truly a cool place, enjoy but beware of the rot that lurks beneath, and I pray nothing bad happens to you guys. Enjoy the sun :)

Just because it's nice and shiny on the top doesn't mean its like that everywhere :)

Remember - Dubai is not what it claims. Oh and watch for the local Aids outbreak amongst the locals. Just because there 0% Aids amongst the ex-pats (automatic deportation) it doesn't apply to the locals........

11 March, 2008 20:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just got released from "central". no charge, no cinviction, deported 48 hours after kicked out of jail without further explanations. i spent 45 days because of 0.03g of hashish of which i´m not sure if it was in my pocket in the first place. DO NOT FLY WITH EMIRATES AIRLINES!!!!! peeps even being pulled out of transit!!!!!

26 March, 2008 05:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not believe the ignorance of all you people cursing at Dubai or UAE. It is evident that all of you are just youngsters who do not know much about the world but walk around throwing shit to anyone else. You don't even realise how racist you act when you talk about arabs doing it but going after 1 person (non-native-english-speaker) who tries to talk some sense into you. You don't want to discuss anything, you would say these things no matter what the issue was. Go get a life..

22 May, 2008 11:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! And I could not resist the urge to remind you all native-english-speakers that most of "your people" do even not know how to spell their own language properly. How civilised is that for you?...

22 May, 2008 11:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok everyone lets get this straight -- here are all the true things said in this blog and all the false---ive been living in dubai for the past 15 years of my life n i think i pass to make this comment:
1.THere is no such thing as drug scanners in the airport. Does it seem soo suprising that weed exists in dubai n the most probable way of gettin it in is through airports from different countries.Yet no stories bout that only stories about TRAVELLERS and people on VISIT VISAs seem to be gettin caught .. weather true or false the reason is that most tourists who seem supspicious to them are checked through customs n the unluck ones get fuked. THere are no dogs in dubai either.
2.Yes the sheiks are drug addicts chiefly cannabis and cocaine which is legally according to our goverement shipped in from african nations since THE SHEIKH has asked for it.
3.It is very possible for you to get drugs into dubai especially if u are a resident or a GCC without doubt. You can also get weed here illegally at blooming prices varying from first time sellers who dont know the market and sell at around 25-75 dhs a joint ..n people who know that gtin weed is rare n exploit that fact n sell for 200-400 dhs thats a little over 100$..
4.There was no arrest for the poppy seed bullshit..u guys are all fukin retard to believe shit lik that ... no motherfuker got caught for avin weed stuck to his shoelace..u all victims of the fuklin listen up think straight there is no robable way of finding minute traces of marijuana which is just a plant on sum1s fukin shoe..its a herb not a radioactive substance get straight ... get back to earth u fuks !!

21 July, 2008 00:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im going to thailand via dubai in the morning , i am a heavy weed smoker and was planning on taking valium on my flight from glasgow .I am now so fkin scared i dont think ill go the holiday ive planned for a year , fkin crazy arabs,

12 January, 2010 02:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shoe thing is true and it almost happened to me and my man. thank gawd we chose not to bring anything in this time. it was a close call. the dumbass airport guys made him strip and his shoes were the first thing inspected. i think it was his double pierced ears and the diamond in his nose that made them pull him aside, but for sure while living there, one was caught with a dube in his sock and got thrown in jail for 30 days. the shitty thing was that the guy was on a stop-over!

13 August, 2010 08:20  

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