Category: uae

A woman in the UAE was arrested for having sex outside marriage.

In the UAE and Dubai, it is against Sharia law to co-habit together, with someone you are not married to. You can only live together with a member of the opposite sex if you are married to them, such as a family member, or daughter. So the western expression about “living in sin” is taken more literally in the UAE.

If you get caught, then you’re likely to get punished under Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code which reportedly says that anyone convicted of engaging in consensual sex gets a minimum 1 year jail sentence followed by deportation

If you’re living with someone who is married to someone else, then there is a greater risk of problems, especially if their spouse also lives in the UAE. If they file a complaint with the police about their husband or wife in an illicit relationship, then the police will almost certainly investigate. If a couple is separated but not divorced, then legally they are still married

How Stirling Haigh can help

Stirling Haigh, specialists in civil and criminal law in Dubai, have helped many people who have found themselves unknowingly breaking laws in Dubai and the wider UAE

UAE Law Summary – cohabiting

  • It is against the UAE law to live with a person of opposite sex unless they are a family member
  • Law Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code governs this. A maximum sentence of 1 year plus deportation is likely
  • Stirling Haigh can advise you on this

UAE man arrested after alleged SnapChat abuse

In Dubai, UAE, a man has been arrested for allegedly threatening two women via SnapChat. The man, currently unnamed, is currently before the Dubai criminal courts.

The UAE cyber crime law has featured extensively in the media recently due to the differences between The United Arab Emirates and the western world, including The United Kingdom, and people not understanding the UAE cyber crime law.

The cyber crime law in UAE can be very complex, and you should seek legal advice if you are an active user of the many social media platforms including SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Posting on social media in The UAE can lead to life-altering fines and even imprisonment. Arm yourself with the facts and what they mean for foreign visitors.

Things to avoid are: Taking photos without consent, posting comments against an individual or company on Facebook, posting ‘indecent’ images on social media, using a pseudonym to converse with another party in the UAE, and much more.

Stirling Haigh, specialists in civil and criminal law in Dubai, have helped many people who have found themselves unknowingly breaking cyber crime laws in Dubai and the wider UAE.

In the event that you get in trouble, Stirling Haigh has expertise in this matter and can help before or after an incident, especially Mr. Haigh who was accused of violating the cyber crime law but later found innocent.

Stirling Haigh founder David Haigh talks to the Telegraph about Stirling Haigh & Justice

It is a sunny morning in Penzance, and for the newest recruit to the board of the town’s local football club, there is an almost inordinate amount of pleasure to be had in thinking up ways to raise the £10,000 required to fix the broken floodlights at little known Penlee Park.

In an area where football is very much rugby’s poor relation, there is also the task of encouraging the local sports shops in this sleepy seaside resort on England’s most south-westerly tip to find room on their shelves to stock Penzance AFC’s replica shirt…

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Stirling Haigh Directors to give evidence in Scottish Extradition

Stirling Haigh managing directors Radha Stirling and David Haigh have been invited to give evidence at an extradition hearing of a Scottish man in Edinburgh.

The Government of the UAE are attempting to extradite a Scottish man to the UAE. Miss Stirling will provide expert testimony and Mr Haigh will provide eye witness testimony on the conditions within the jails, specifically torture, mistreatment and discrimination.

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Stirling Haigh appointed by British Businessmen Peter Margetts

Peter is a British businessman, currently serving a life sentence for bounced business cheques, cheques which bounced through no fault of his own. After appointing a number of law firms and consultants over the last eight years, which had a disastrous result on Peters case, Peter has appointed Stirling Haigh to work on his case.

Peter, a British property developer, was arrested for bounced cheques, when his investors presented cheques written in advance.
Peter’s family returned to Europe and he is allowed only limited visitations on weekends from friends. Peter has been hoping to have his cases consolidated so that his sentence can be reduced from 27 years.

Peter says he should have left and negotiated from abroad but he wanted “to do the right thing” and resolve matters in Dubai, hoping he would be able to stay in Dubai and turn business around.

Unfortunately, Peter is now with countless others in a Dubai jail where he faces effectively a life of imprisonment. At over 50 years old, this sentence equates to the rest of his life behind bars over a business arrangement, leaving his wife and children alone.

Stirling Haigh launch UAE Service

Stirling Haigh is a London based international dispute resolution, crisis management and strategic advisory firm which specialises in complex criminal and civil disputes in Dubai, the wider UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Our partners are considered the leading authorities on UAE criminal and civil law and its justice and prison system. We consult to businesses, entrepreneurs, international law firms, charities, NGOs, politicians and media on legal issues in all of the Gulf Countries.

Stirling Haigh was established by Radha Stirling and David Haigh.

Radha established the non-profit “Detained in Dubai” nine years ago to assist those facing civil and criminal disputes in the UAE. Radha established Detained in Dubai following her colleague detention in Dubai and in response to demand and continues to assist people in extreme circumstances.

David Haigh is an award winning English lawyer and the former managing director of Leeds United Football club and Deputy CEO of a Dubai Investment bank. David was the victim of a fraud by his former employers which saw him detained in Dubai for 22 months before an acquittal on Twitter slander changes. David wants to turn his negative experiences into something positive by using his experience and expertise to help others.

From the outset Stirling Haigh acted in everything from simple bounced cheque case to large-scale commercial litigation, extraditions, criminal investigations and prosecutions and regulatory investigations across the globe. We have a track record of successfully representing individuals and companies against banks. large financial institutions, prosecutors and Governments.

Our base in London combined with our unique approach enables us to be truly independent, free from the regulations that restrict Middle Eastern law firms from giving you the best advice and the best expertise and free from conflicts of interest that would preclude law firms from acting in this type of litigation. We are able to pick the best team to work for you. Our clients are mainly referred to us by Embassies, Consulates, law firms, barristers and other professionals.

Our cases are often multi-jurisdictional, high profile and frequently involve PR, campaigning, social media, investigations, and forensic and other expert evidence. Stirling Haigh, is not a law firm. We have a comprehensive and international network of lawyers, barristers, investigators, accountants, PR and other professional advisers and experts to support us and you during pre-trial litigation, at trial and after trial.

We enjoy a reputation for being formidable, fearless, innovate, independent and taking a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and winning cases in the most challenging of circumstances. When your back is against the wall, we will be there to support you.