DUBAI // Two police officers, two Emirati women and a third woman have been jailed for a year for consuming alcohol without a licence and having sex outside of wedlock after they were arrested in a raid on a yacht party in Dubai Marina last October.
The two men and three women were among 28 people on board the boat. They were all fined Dh2,000 for a charge of beautifying the sin by the Court of Misdemeanours.
One Emirati man, M A, 43, was dressed as a woman and was wearing make-up at the time of arrest.
Dubai CID was tipped-off about police officers organising parties for the purpose of having paid sex and consuming alcohol with men and women of different nationalities, records stated.
An investigation found that the group had rented a yacht in Dubai Marina on October 10 last year to hold a party.
Police raided the yacht at 6am while it was docking in the marina and arrested 13 women, aged between 20 to 36. Eight of them were Emirati, one Omani, one Yemeni and two Moroccans.
The 15 men who were arrested were aged between 21 and 43, 11 of them were Emiratis, two Iranians and two from the Comoros Islands
Everyone on board the yacht was drunk and taken into custody for criminal laboratory testing.
Police officers seized 101 bottles of alcohol, including vodka, beer and whisky, sheets and blankets, the latter of which were sent to the police forensic lab for examination.
Emirati Corporal B L, 31, testified in prosecution investigations that she arrested and searched the women.