Tourists from Turkey taking pictures at the public beach by Burj Al Arab. Razan Alzayani / The National
Tourists from Turkey taking pictures at the public beach by Burj Al Arab. Razan Alzayani / The National

Top legal blunders made by UAE tourists



DUBAI // Police have issued a list of the top legal blunders made by tourists who visit the country, warning them that ignorance of the law is no defence in court.

The Ministry of Interior's monthly English-language magazine, 999, has published the list of faux pas, often committed by foreign visitors.

It includes common, internationally recognised crimes like drink driving – but also UAE-specific offences like taking pictures of strangers and sunbathing in very skimpy clothing.

“There is no valid reason for tourists and visitors to not find out more about their destination country’s customs and laws before or even after arriving here,” said editor of the magazine, Lt Col Awadh Saleh Al Kindi.

“There are enough learning resources – and our cover story will make for a very good starting point for anyone considering visiting the UAE for work or play.”

He added: “The culture and laws in the UAE are designed in a way to safeguard personal freedom on the one hand and to ensure that everyone is respectful of each other regardless of their faith and nationality, on the other.

“Visitors and residents should avoid improper conduct or inappropriate behaviour that can otherwise lead to fines, imprisonment and deportation.”

The magazine also highlights how the UAE has established a "Law Respect Culture Bureau", which would encourage residents and visitors alike to "respect both the written laws [legislation] and unwritten laws [values and morals]", according to a statement.

Dr Jamal Hussein Al Sumaiti, the director general of Dubai Judicial Institute, said the UAE allowed freedom of expression, but that freedom comes with the obligation to respect others.

"It is my right to criticise the behaviour of a general person or an institution, but I have no right to swear or defame," he said.

"There is a difference between an objective and positive criticism and swearing. Swearing may be a form of expression, but the law does not protect the utterance of insults or curses and defamation or assaulting individuals or other institutions," he said.

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Why does a queen bee feast only on royal jelly?

Some facts about bees:

The queen bee eats only royal jelly, an extraordinary food created by worker bees so she lives much longer

The life cycle of a worker bee is from 40-60 days

A queen bee lives for 3-5 years

This allows her to lay millions of eggs and allows the continuity of the bee colony

About 20,000 honey bees and one queen populate each hive

Honey is packed with vital vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water and anti-oxidants.

Apart from honey, five other products are royal jelly, the special food bees feed their queen 

Pollen is their protein source, a super food that is nutritious, rich in amino acids

Beewax is used to construct the combs. Due to its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial elements, it is used in skin treatments

Propolis, a resin-like material produced by bees is used to make hives. It has natural antibiotic qualities so works to sterilize hive,  protects from disease, keeps their home free from germs. Also used to treat sores, infection, warts

Bee venom is used by bees to protect themselves. Has anti-inflammatory properties, sometimes used to relieve conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, nerve and muscle pain

Honey, royal jelly, pollen have health enhancing qualities

The other three products are used for therapeutic purposes

Is beekeeping dangerous?

As long as you deal with bees gently, you will be safe, says Mohammed Al Najeh, who has worked with bees since he was a boy.

“The biggest mistake people make is they panic when they see a bee. They are small but smart creatures. If you move your hand quickly to hit the bees, this is an aggressive action and bees will defend themselves. They can sense the adrenalin in our body. But if we are calm, they are move away.”

 

 

Test series fixtures

(All matches start at 2pm UAE)

1st Test Lord's, London from Thursday to Monday

2nd Test Nottingham from July 14-18

3rd Test The Oval, London from July 27-31

4th Test Manchester from August 4-8

Match info

What: Fifa Club World Cup play-off
Who: Al Ain v Team Wellington
Where: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
When: Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm

Match info

Athletic Bilbao 0

Real Madrid 1 (Ramos 73' pen)

UAE v Zimbabwe A

Results
Match 1 – UAE won by 4 wickets
Match 2 – UAE won by 5 wickets
Match 3 – UAE won by 25 runs
Match 4 – UAE won by 77 runs

Fixture
Match 5, Saturday, 9.30am start, ICC Academy, Dubai

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