BBC Dubai report

Over 6,000 stopped for offences on Dubai beaches...

More than 6,000 people were stopped by police on Dubai beaches for committing offenses, according to reports.

Data for the first ten months of 2009 shows that offenses ranged from ogling women, to kissing, to people swimming fully clothed or in their underwear, the BBC reported on its website.

The BBC report added that the majority of those stopped by Dubai Police were from developing countries and the authorities had taken action against those accused of drinking, taking drugs and engaging in homosexual activity.

In August, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office's ‘British Behaviour Abroad Report' found that of all the locations British holidaymakers visited they were most likely to be arrested in the UAE.

The official report, which was compiled between April 2008 and March 2009, found that a total of 294 Britons were detained in the UAE, with 48 arrested for drugs offenses.

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