Beachgoers are reminded that taking photos and filming others at the beach without their consent will incur severe penalties
7 August 2019| Last updated on 7 August 2019
Going to the beach soon? Here's something important to note...
Residents and visitors in Dubai are warned to be careful when taking photos and videos at the beach or risk a hefty fine between AED 150,000 - 500,000 and in some cases, even jail time.
On Saturday 4th August, Dubai Police took to Twitter to issue a reminder that beachgoers must "kindly respect the privacy of others" and that "filming or taking photos of others without their consent is punishable by law'.
Visiting beaches are among Dubai residents' favourite recreational activities, with the more popular destinations gathering large crowds during weekends and holidays.
But with the large crowds comes people attempting to take pictures of others on the sly.
In 2018, Dubai Police had arrested nearly 300 people for taking photos of women without their permission. In 2015, to enhance residents' protection and privacy while at the beach, Dubai Police added more security cameras, increased beach patrols, and during peak times deployed officers to go undercover with plain, beachgoer clothes.
As the Eid al Adha holidays approach, those planning to visit the beach are advised to stay on the lookout for suspicious behaviour, as well as exercising caution when snapping photos of your beach day.
What does the law say?
The UAE laws on the breach of an individual's privacy are taken very seriously and have applied severe penalties for those caught breaking the law.
Article 378 of the UAE Penal Code (Federal Law 3 of 1987) and Article 21 of the UAE Cyber Crime Law (Federal Law No. 5 of 2012) protects individuals in terms of any photos and videos that may threaten their safety and privacy.
Depending on how the picture or video was taken and used, the person caught may face up to half a million dirhams in fines, up to six months in jail, and deportation.