I’ve been through the United Arab Emirates a few times in the past few weeks, and will be passing through there again a few more times before the end of the year (unfortunately – Emirates is a terrible airline, with food so bad only British Airways is worse, and service more appalling than anything except the rude lot at Swiss Ariways!).
I always get the sense people see it as a special, shiny playground just for them, forgetting that underneath it all it’s still an Islamic country. In recent times women have been put in prison for sex before marriage – because they reported a RAPE.
Now, a Ukrainian woman is behind bars because doctors discovered she was pregnant to her long-term partner. The issue? She’s not married. She is being held while they allegedly test her to see how long she has been sexually active.
That sounds a hell of a lot like they’re doing some appalling things to her – all in the name of protecting “morals”.
Please be aware of the laws in countries you’re visiting. Just because things look pretty on the surface, and just because YOU’VE never had an issue (the number of times I’ve heard men defending the United Arab Emirates to women…) doesn’t mean everything is perfect.