She reportedly verbally abused airport officials and then threatened to post their picture on social media.

A woman who was just visiting Dubai is facing charges of insulting airport employees after she threatened to post their picture on social media. She is now awaiting trial.

According to Dubai public prosecution officials, the Asian woman was visiting the emirate and approached a male airport employee at the world’s busiest international airport to complain about a problem she had with her airline.

The authority says that the airport employee told the woman he was not authorised to deal with the issue and then called another person over to deal with the matter.

The woman then reportedly abused both of the employees verbally before threatening to post their pictures on Facebook.

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According to Emirates 24/7 the woman told Dubai public prosecution that she did lose her temper and take a photo of the official but that she had the right of expression to take pictures of anyone.

dubai-airport-2DXB is the busiest international airport in the world. 

The case has been referred to the Court of Misdemeanours.


This incident is a reminder to deal politely with public officials and employees in Dubai. The prosecution has also advised against people using inappropriate language and coercion when dealing with officials.

Remember that it’s against UAE law to “misuse” “modern technology” in the breach of others’ privacy, or to blackmail or defame people.

The UAE has strict laws around the use of social media – the interior ministry has recently said that those caught spreading rumours on social media could face a jail term of up to three years.

The government is taking the issue seriously because they say rumours could damage an economy, threaten public security, and just generally spread terror and fear through society.

Remember also that an Emirati woman was fined Dhs500,000 for comments she made to her uncle over messaging service Whatsapp earlier this year.

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