| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Dubai orders deportations over naked balcony photo shoot

Dubai is set to deport a group of people involved in a naked photo shoot on a high-rise balcony in the emirate, authorities reported after criticizing the incident as out of line with the values of the United Arab Emirates.

The group of naked women posing for a photographer last week along a balcony railing in the upscale Dubai Marina area was visible from neighboring buildings. Pictures taken in the photo shoot circulated on social media platforms.

“The individuals involved will be deported from the United Arab Emirates. No further comment shall be made on the matter,” Dubai’s Attorney General Essam Issa Al Humaidan said in a statement published by Dubai Media Office on Tuesday.

The statement did not elaborate on the nationalities of those involved.

Dubai Police had announced on Saturday the detention of those involved and warned against “such unacceptable behaviors which do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society”.

The Dubai emirate is a regional business and tourism hub where foreign residents and visitors – drawn to its luxury lifestyle, sun-drenched beaches and business environment – vastly outnumber UAE nationals.

Foreigners have in the past fallen foul of laws in the UAE, a federation of 7 Muslim emirates, on alcohol consumption and indecency, such as for kissing in public.

In November, the United Arab Emirates amended a number of laws on issues such as alcohol, cohabitation and divorce, in a liberalizing move seen as a push to make the country more attractive to foreign tourism and investment.

Nonetheless, laws against immoral and debauched acts remain in the Federal Penal Code. Dubai Police also said the UAE has laws against sharing pornographic or other material that may prejudice public morals.

  • Reuters