An expat living in UAE or a tourist must know the national law of the UAE to avoid being arrested or hand cuffed even if the committed crime was not intentional.
The following consists of a list of offences which an individual must be aware of:
a- Using offensive/vulgar language or making rude gestures can render an individual liable of a criminal offence.
b- Adultery which implies having an affair outside marriage with your married partner is an offence.
c- Display of affection such as cuddling or kissing.
d- Tourist couples who are unmarried are strictly not entitled to book a single hotel room.
e- It is not allowed to drink in public or unlicensed venue due to sharia law but you may drink in pubs, clubs and bars (licensed venues)
f- Like all other countries bringing drugs to UAE is unlawful and using or selling is also an offence and can get you a jail sentence for a minimum of four years or even death penalty in some circumstances
g- Charity fundraising without government approval can get you in trouble for doing good due to strict fundraising laws
h- Don’t even think of posting anything that is anti UAE or antigovernment on social media as this can get you in trouble
i- Public protests are not likened by the UAE government and to prevent them the government can arrest you and put you in jail
j- Any kind of racist, insulting or sending derogatory text messages can get arrested and jailed