Dubai police target indecent acts on beaches

After visitors complain of homosexual activity


Dubai Police have formed an undercover unit to combat homosexual and indecent activity on the emirate's public beaches, a recent press report said.

An unnamed official at Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department told UAE daily Al-Emarat al-Youm that police officers in civilian clothing are patrolling local beaches after complaints from the public of indecent behavior, especially at night time.

He encouraged the public to report any activity they find offensive.

According to Dubai government statistics, out of 2.97 million beach visitors last year, 641 people were caught engaging in indecent acts. There were also seven cases of alcohol consumption, five cases of alcohol possession, and five attempted robberies.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).