Dubai Jails Tourists for Kissing

British pair get month for indecency

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 15, 2010 2:53 AM CDT | Updated Mar 15, 2010 6:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – A British couple have been sentenced to a month in prison in Dubai after a local woman complained when they kissed in a beachfront restaurant. "We kissed each other on the cheek as a greeting, nothing more,” Ayman Najafi, 24, told the Dubai Appeal Court yesterday. He called the case a "huge misunderstanding." Police were called to Bob's Easy Diner by an Emirati woman who said her daughters were upset because the two "were kissing on the mouth."

Najafi and Charlotte Adams, 25, were also fined $140 for being in a public place after consuming alcohol. The two have been released on bail pending a decision in their appeal. It's not the first time tourists have run afoul of Dubai's prohibitions. Two other British tourists were sentenced last year to 3 months in prison last year for having sex on the beach.

Sometimes a kiss is not just a kiss, but a month-long prison sentence.
Sometimes a kiss is not just a kiss, but a month-long prison sentence.   (Shutterstock)
Charlotte Adams and Ayman Najafi were sentenced to a month in the slammer for kissing at a Dubai beachfront restaurant.
Charlotte Adams and Ayman Najafi were sentenced to a month in the slammer for kissing at a Dubai beachfront restaurant.   (Facebook)
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