Passports may be seized by the UAE government to guarantee that debtors settle their cases. citizens have also been the victims of email scams seemingly originating from the UAE.
Financial cases may be further complicated by debtors being unable to work in the UAE without passports while still being held responsible for their debts. Con artists contact Americans through the internet, including dating web sites.
Since January 2006, possession of even trace amounts of illegal drugs has resulted in lengthy prison sentences for foreign citizens transiting the UAE.
For information on protecting yourself from scam artists, visit our International Financial Scams website, and FBI pages. Codes of Behavior and Dress: Codes of behavior and dress in the UAE reflect the country's Islamic traditions and are much more conservative than those of the United States. local- and state-issued personal, academic, or professional documents, even if those documents have already been authenticated by the U. Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for Women Travelers. Cross-dressing is also a punishable offense and there have been reports that the government took action against cross-dressing individuals.
Terrorist Organizations List: On November 15, 2014 the UAE government announced a list of 85 groups it considers to be terrorist organizations. S.-based organizations – are not included on the U. Department of State’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, all travelers to the UAE are subject to UAE law within UAE territory. Visitors to the UAE should be respectful of this conservative heritage, especially in the Emirate of Sharjah where rules of decency and public conduct are strictly enforced. Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Persons arrested on alcohol-related offenses are regularly detained for many days as they await a court hearing. Note: Alcohol is permitted in six of the seven emirates, but is prohibited in the emirate of Sharjah.
Penalties may include hefty jail sentences, substantial fines and, for Muslims (even those holding U. Legislation enacted in January 1996 imposes the death sentence for convicted drug traffickers.
However, travelers are advised to check whether any required medications are available on the local market.
The UAE's tough anti-narcotics program also includes poppy seeds, widely used in other cultures, including the United States, for culinary purposes, on its list of controlled substances.Alcohol is served at bars in most major hotels but is intended for guests of the hotel.Persons who are not guests of the hotel, and who consume alcohol in the restaurants and bars, technically are required to have their own personal liquor licenses.Such items include, but are not limited to: Transport of these items into or through the UAE is considered a violation of UAE law. citizens transporting such weapons and equipment without the express written authorization of the UAE government have been arrested and jailed, even though airlines and U. A person may be subject to arrest and prosecution if possession of banned medicines (especially those containing codeine and similar narcotic-like ingredients) comes to the attention of local authorities. citizens in the United Arab Emirates should exercise a high level of security awareness, even though law enforcement units have effectively demonstrated the capacity to detect, deter, and prevent acts of terrorism in the UAE. citizens should avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects and report the presence of the objects to local authorities. In addition, engaging in mapping activities, especially mapping that includes the use of GPS equipment, without coordination with UAE authorities, may have the same consequences. citizens, especially women, should take precaution of the possibility for verbal and physical harassment or sexual assault when alone, consuming alcohol, riding in a taxi cab or walking alone. Not only are these goods illegal in the United States, purchasing them is a violation of local law.Persons found to be carrying such items, even in the smallest quantities, will be arrested and face strict criminal penalties, including imprisonment, large monetary fines, forfeiture of the items, and deportation. Please review Alcohol and Drugs in the Criminal Penalties section of this document for more information on the UAE’s strict anti-drug laws. The Department of State remains concerned about the global threat of terrorism, including the possibility of terrorist attacks against U. citizens and interests in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. citizens should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with caution. Boating: On several occasions in past years, small groups of expatriate recreational boaters were detained by the Iranian Coast Guard for alleged violation of Iranian territorial waters while fishing near the island of Abu Musa, approximately 20 miles from Dubai. citizens to take the same security precautions in the UAE that one would practice in the United States or any large city abroad. Also, female travelers should be cognizant that unwitting actions may invite unwanted attention. Defamation: Individuals have been arrested and criminally convicted for posting information on Twitter and You Tube that local authorities determined was disturbing to the order of the UAE. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.Liquor licenses are issued only to non-Muslim persons who possess UAE residency permits.