Dubai authorities have confirmed that the group who was arrested for taking pictures of them naked on the balcony of a building, will be deported from the country.
The UAE authorities arrested at least 12 Ukrainian women and a Russian man after posting a video on social media that showed this group while taking nude photos on a balcony in a building in Dubai Marina.
The group that filmed this video was accused of spreading debauchery, charges that carry a penalty of up to six months and a fine of 5,000 dirhams.
Despite its reputation as a popular tourist destination from all over the world, Dubai enforces strict laws. Laws also apply to everyone who lives on the UAE territory without any exceptions for tourists.
The pictures that sparked interest in this event were taken by a number of women with a photographer in one of the balconies, but the rest of the nationalities of those involved in the incident have not yet been confirmed.
The police said that this photo “does not reflect the values and ethics of the UAE society.”
Officials from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry went to visit the women who were arrested, and they also held a meeting with the head of the Criminal Investigation Department in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the Dubai Media Center confirmed that the defendants would be deported from the country.
The Center said in a statement issued in this regard: “The Public Prosecution’s investigations have ended in the recently published photos, which represented a violation of UAE law. It has been decided to deport those involved in this incident from the United Arab Emirates. No further official statements will be issued on this matter.”
The UAE often does not resort to the immediate deportation of foreigners from the country, but any violations are settled through a litigation process before the final decision is made to deport them.
This shocking incident came a few days before Ramadan.
It is also not the first time that the authorities have arrested a tourist in Dubai.
In 2017, a British woman was sentenced to one year in prison for voluntary sex with a man who is not her husband. This relationship was exposed when the woman reported this man to the police, claiming that he was sending threatening messages to her.