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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 11:11:53 AM

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From Times Online
November 11, 2008
Dubai hotel issues etiquette guide after sex on the beach scandal
Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

One of Dubai’s most popular beach hotels has issued guests with an “etiquette guide” after two Britons were convicted for having sex on the beach near the hotel.

The etiquette guides, which suggest the hotel’s guests could be arrested for inappropriate public displays, are left on tables during the weekly brunch event at the Madinat Jumeirah hotel.

The guests should "employ discretion" in expressing affection publicly, says the hotel, with "anything more than a peck on the cheek" likely to result in police involvement.

The two Britons convicted last month of having sexual intercourse outside marriage and offending public decency, were Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors. They were arrested after attending brunch at a hotel near Dubai airport.

They were received three-month jail sentences, were fined £200 for drunkenness and ordered to be deported from Dubai on their release. More than 230 other Britons were arrested in the UAE last year.

Brunches take place across Dubai every Friday, the first day of the Dubai weekend, and are heavily promoted in Dubai's Time Out and enjoyed to the full by expatriates.

The lavish affairs last from late morning into the early evening when diners can enjoy unlimited food and alcohol for a fixed entry fee.

In the case of the Madinat Jumeirah the charge is £88, which includes bottomless champagne, cocktails and wine between 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

On the subject of drunkenness, the hotel’s etiquette guide warns: “Drinking is not a part of Muslim culture and alcohol is not served openly. Drunken behaviour, especially outside licensed premises in the hotel, is severely punished.”

On the subject of public displays off affection it says: “It is strongly recommended that you employ discretion when expressing affection in public. Anything more than a peck on the cheek could offend those around you and even possibly lead to police involvement.”

More than one million Britons visited Dubai last year, with twice as many expatriates now living in the Emirate.

The Madinah Jumeirah is one of Dubai's biggest and most popular beach hotels, next to the iconic seven-star Burj Al-Arab. More Britons visit than any other nationality - the hotel has 584 rooms in total, split between the Mina A'Salam and Al Qasr brands.

A spokeswoman for the hotel told Times Online: "Following the recent media attention surrounding etiquette in the Emirate, we have received additional enquiries from our guests. As a result, we have taken the initiative to produce information cards to inform our guests about local culture and customs here in Dubai.

“These cards are distributed throughout and advise our guests about driving around the Emirate, acceptable dress codes, public displays of affection, drinking and other responsible and respectful behaviour.”

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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 11:26:43 AM

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Remind me not to go to Dubai. I'm sure it's nice there, but too many rules. Pretty soon, you might get arrested for your what you're thinking.
Natalia
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 2:12:10 PM

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Yeah and when you watch the stands of the tennis tournament they held there, most of the women are covered so you can only see the faces. They still keep cheering on some players. I wonder if they're ehhh groupies confused1
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 2:31:42 PM

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I understood that the beach volleyball tournament or something similar that they held there some months back was VERY well attended, mostly by men, and that the participants did not have to conform.....
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 4:08:57 PM

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TOO many rules for me. I understand they don't want us to bring our customs on them, but they shouldn't force their customs on us, especially if we are spending our money over there. Too many other places to go and have fun and not worry. Like Australia.
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 4:22:41 PM

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I always try to respect the country I'm in by following their customs. If they don't want me to show my face or legs, then I don't. They didn't invite me, I wanted to visit. Just as I respect someones home that I go into here in the States.
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 5:12:04 PM

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chefkathleen wrote:
I always try to respect the country I'm in by following their customs. If they don't want me to show my face or legs, then I don't. They didn't invite me, I wanted to visit. Just as I respect someones home that I go into here in the States.


Well stated chef! I figure if I don't like the rules...I shouldn't go there.

~~Tech

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fireman
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 7:28:56 PM

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Chef and Tech.

Well put. There are some places here in the States I wouldn't want to go. I'm lucky to live in California where it seems to be more liberal. If I do go visit cities, States, Countries or even someone's else home I do follow the rules. However, if I don't like them I usually leave as soon as I can.
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 7:35:34 PM

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I also agree. It is thier country. It is thier rules.
If you don't like it - don't go.


But on the other hand, why is it they come here and do as they wish.
I have seen them in Rochester subway stores/shops and they are trashing them.
They walk through a 'sporting goods store in Minnesota' and throw stuff they don't like on the floor.

Makes ya go - Uhmmmm?

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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 8:13:20 PM

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You make a good point Bat. They should respect our laws when they come to our country. It should go both ways. Hmmmmm
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 10:47:17 PM

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Batman wrote:
I also agree. It is thier country. It is thier rules.
If you don't like it - don't go.


But on the other hand, why is it they come here and do as thier wish.
I have seen them in Rochester subway sotres/shopd and they are trashing them.
They walk through a 'sporting goods store in Minnesota' and throw stuff they don't like on the floor.

Makes ya go - Uhmmmm?

Bat


Who do you mean by they? and when you say they, does that mean you know every single "they" in Minnesota? and so therefore you are stating that you know for a fact "they" all do this?

"Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none."





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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 11:29:06 PM

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They are the ones whom bitch about us in their country.
The powerful, the rich, the one whom visit and leave under protection of international law.

And I did not say 'ALL'.
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Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:01:49 AM

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Ahh people please....no arguing....let's get back to the disrespectful kissing! Mmmmmm



~~Tech
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do...
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Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:38:30 AM

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The UAE is a much more relaxed Muslim community than some.
I speak to expats there daily and they love it there... only complaint I hear is
the morning traffic in Dubai.

Now Saudi is a hell of a lot different ..that's still in the middle ages ..
Zafia
Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:06:53 PM

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No arguing here Tech......just wanted some clarification......

I agree D.....coffee

"Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none."





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Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:37:26 PM

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Zafia wrote:
No arguing here Tech......just wanted some clarification......

I agree D.....coffee


I know Z, I was just teasing ya!

~~Tech
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do...
fireman
Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:35:44 PM

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techgoddess wrote:
Ahh people please....no arguing....let's get back to the disrespectful kissing! Mmmmmm



Yes back to kissing, but where is Rocco...LMAO
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Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008 8:29:55 PM

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I only show up for the passionate, respectful kissing of Tech.




Then I take matters into "my own hands", in private, taking what I want. bates
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Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008 10:34:47 PM

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techgoddess wrote:
Zafia wrote:
No arguing here Tech......just wanted some clarification......

I agree D.....coffee


I know Z, I was just teasing ya!


*smoochies* mon ami......3601

"Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none."





Chuck
Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 9:39:16 AM

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HUH? Was Fireman talking about kissing while looking for Rocco?

I think both of you would have to be smoking some pretty strong stuff before.....

Either that, or he was planning on stealing one, if the coast was clear....

Go for it!

Or, am I just Johnny-come-lately again?
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 5:29:57 PM

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roccotool wrote:
I only show up for the passionate, respectful kissing of Tech.




Then I take matters into "my own hands", in private, taking what I want. bates


And you have such nice hands darling...

~~Tech
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do...
fireman
Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 5:43:17 PM

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Chase wrote:
HUH? Was Fireman talking about kissing while looking for Rocco?

I think both of you would have to be smoking some pretty strong stuff before.....

Either that, or he was planning on stealing one, if the coast was clear....

Go for it!

Or, am I just Johnny-come-lately again?


Tech wanted to go back to disrespecting kissing, so I wonedered where Rocco was to give her one. LMAO I would never steal another woman, unless her guy was OK with it.sign5 sign5
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 7:47:40 PM

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You guys figure it out while I continue kissing Tech and use Roman (roamin') hands on her.
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 11:59:54 PM

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roccotool wrote:
You guys figure it out while I continue kissing Tech and use Roman (roamin') hands on her.


ROMAN (roaming) hands I have. LOL
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