Myndighetene i Dubai har satt i gang en moralsk kampanje etter at turister viser faretruende mye hud på strendene. 79 er arrestert de siste dagene. Turistene er forvirret. De trodde Dubai var et moderne samfunn.
Men noen synes det går for fort og for langt. De har klaget over for mye nakenhet og uanstendig oppførsel. Myndighetene har sendt ut politifolk i sivil og bygget vakttårn.
Undercover officers are strolling the sand while others stand guard in new watchtowers to enforce the social mores of this Muslim city-state, which is a booming business center that is attracting growing hordes of foreign tourists.
Over the past two weeks, police have detained a total of 79 people whose behavior was «disturbing families enjoying the beach,» Zuhair Haroun, a spokesman for Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department, said Monday.
First-time offenders may be issued a warning, but if caught twice, tourists could be referred to the public prosecutor for possible criminal charges, authorities said.
Thousands of European and Asian expatriates live and work in Dubai, where native Emiratis make up only about 20 percent of the estimated 1.2 million residents. Shopping malls and fast food restaurants have replaced traditional Arab houses, and English has overtaken Arabic as the emirate’s lingua franca.