Dubai jails women for 'lesbian acts' on beach

Two were caught fondling, kissing each other


Two foreign women have been jailed for a month for kissing and fondling each other and engaging in "indecent acts" on a public beach in Dubai, the media reported on Sunday.

The Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the one-month jail sentence handed down by a lower court to the women, a 30-year-old Lebanese national and a 36-year-old Bulgarian who both pleaded not guilty, the UAE's 7Days newspaper said.

Prosecutors had charged the women with kissing, groping each other and "indecent acts in public," the paper said, adding that this was the first case of its kind in the United Arab Emirates.

According to police reports, the two women were seen being intimate with each other on Al Mamzar public beach between the emirates of Sharjah and Dubai in April.

Witnesses told the paper that: “the Lebanese woman was lying on top of the Bulgarian and the two were cuddling and kissing each other in front of us.”

One witness admited to calling the police "because it was indecent especially as there were some families around,” 7Days reported.

The two women will be deported after serving their sentences.