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Dubai expat business community anxious over theft of foreign investments

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Cheated. Ambitious local Emiratis use a corrupt legal system to steal cash, assets and businesses from unfortunate expats

Influential Emiratis have cheated expats out of their businesses, cash and assets by falsifying criminal charges and even having them wrongfully jailed. Initially such abuses seemed isolated but are now accepted to be endemic. Foreign governments are being asked to warn their citizens about the dangers of travelling there, and top financial advisers no longer recommend the UAE as a favourable investment location. Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai, has added her voice to those requesting that the UK government increase its warnings to British citizens investing or even just working in the UAE.

Stirling has acted in a number of financial corruption cases and represented clients who have been imprisoned as a mechanism for stealing their funds and assets. However, the UK government and FCO still refuse to issue warnings outlining the full extent of the risks to travellers in advance. The FCO has intimated that they wish to maintain their strong diplomatic ties with the UAE, their strongest ally in the Middle East, even at the expense of British citizens.

Stirling explains, “this raises the question of whether the FCO could be held liable for their failure to enforce treaties with The UAE. These treaties are in place to ensure access to justice is not denied.”