The United Arab Emirates offers unlimited number of employment opportunities to many foreign nationals. But, just like other countries UAE has different religion and culture. Thus, foreign nationals working in UAE should be very careful and abide the laws to avoid committing a crime and get penalized.
Intimate relations outside marriage is a crime when committed during the stay in UAE. The law excuses no foreign nationals that’s why Filipinos working in UAE were warned not to commit such crime.
The Consul-General Paul Raymond Cortes has made an appeal to all Filipinos working in the Northern Emirates and Dubai not to engage in sex outside marriage and premarital sex because it is prohibited by the UAE law. The crime is penalized by 3 to 6 months in jail and worse deportation.
In spite of the fact that this law is well-known, still many foreign nationals and even Filipinos engage in intimate relations outside marriage and ended in up behind bars for violating the law.
According to a licensed UAE legal consultant Atty. Barney Almazar, many Filipinos were seeking legal advice about these matters and most of them just came recently to the United Arab Emirates. To avoid violating the law, Almazar gave advice to single women and men in UAE who are in a relationship and planning to live together to get married first.
However, for those having extramarital relationships, the best thing to do is to end the relationship and make it legal by getting married. This won’t only make it fair with other partner, but also comply with the law.
Filipinos who were accused with such crime were given Legal Assistance Fund that covers the litigation expenses, bail bonds, and court fees. But, according to the guideline, LAF is only given to those Filipinos who were sentenced to life imprisonment or death, and accused of murder. Other circumstances are considered depending on the approval of the Department of Foreign Affairs.