We would like this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year, and to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and supporters. Our CEO, Radha Stirling, who founded Detained in Dubai after her friend’s arrest over a decade ago, extends her warmest wishes, saying “2018 has indeed been a year that has challenged us with many grave injustices to fight, and battles to win. I am grateful to our friends, old and new, for making this work so rewarding. We ha
On Friday UK based NGO, Detained in Dubai, approached the UAE embassy in London with a written offer to share experience and advice regarding the alarming and seemingly indiscriminate detention of visitors in the Emirates. A Detained In Dubai staff member hand delivered an open letter to the UAE embassy in London’s Belgravia. The UAE is keen to establish a reputation as a desirable destination for tourists as well as an international business hub, but many Westerners are avoi
The dangers of investing and doing business in Dubai have been published worldwide, particularly since the country itself essentially went bankrupt during the global financial crisis of 2008. Expats left their sports cars at the airport, abandoned their properties and investments, to avoid the real possibility of being jailed or held in the country for the downward spiral effect of the economic downturn. Over the past ten years, Detained in Dubai, an international organisatio
Ten years after forming Detained in Dubai to support foreign visitors and residents suffering human and civil rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates, CEO Radha Stirling has emerged as the leading international expert on the UAE legal system, and a successful campaigner for justice in dozens of high profile cases. Detained in Dubai has taken on and won a huge amount of cases involving British nationals unjustly accused, detained, or sought for extradition to the Gulf state.
An American entrepreneur and former inspirational speaker who was trying to make a future for himself and his family in Dubai has fallen foul of the Middle Eastern state’s harsh and ill-defined Cybercrime Laws. Fitness professional Jordan Branford, 44, from Eugene, Oregon in the USA used the word 'bitch' on Instagram. In the socially conservative state of Dubai, 'bitch' can be interpreted as an offensive word, even when not directed at a specific person; and in the UAE is sub
In the UAE, before you say anything online, you should consider whether or not you would be comfortable saying it in front of the police; because in Dubai, you basically are.. British national Yaseen Killick discovered recently that angry texting can wind you up in jail in Dubai in an instant. After having been apparently cheated by an unscrupulous used car dealer, Killick messaged the man to vent his dissatisfaction, asking him “how do you sleep at night…?” Yaseen was seized
A landmark class action against the UK government is being prepared by clients of Radha Stirling and a UK Queen’s Counsel. The action is based on the UK government’s failure in its duty of care towards citizens about the dangers of places like Dubai and the UAE. The Government has failed to give sufficient warning to UK nationals travelling to the Sharia governed desert state, it has failed to respond to requests for help for British citizens who fall foul of the strict laws,