Men Released In UAE After ‘Most Inappropriate’ Selfie

Open Jaw

While some may consider taking selfies a crime of vanity, they’re not illegal in the criminal sense. At least in most places.


But tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates would be wise to use discretion in where they point their cameras – even if it’s only at themselves.


The UAE detained 2 young men who took selfies in front of the Address Downtown Hotel as it was engulfed in flames on New Year's Eve. It was certainly a crime of poor taste – would you take a selfie at a car crash? – but the men were released after investigators found "no evidence of criminal intent."


The news of the arrest and release of the 2 men comes after another couple were similarly criticized on the night of the fire for taking what was deemed to be the “most inappropriate selfie ever” - smiling together with the burning hotel in the background.


UAE law states that people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown. 

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