11 Ukrainian women and 1 Russian photographer arrested for nude photos on a balcony in Dubai

The morning fog seemed to blanket the skyscrapers in the Marina and Jumeirah Districts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Photo taken on October 5, 2015. (Source: AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili, File)

DUBAI, KOMPAS.TV – Dubai police have arrested 11 Ukrainian women and a Russian man on Tuesday (6/4/2021) for taking part in taking photos of naked women on a balcony of a skyscraper in the city.

Previously, a number of viral photos and videos showing about a dozen naked women were lined up on the balcony of a building in Dubai.

Dubai is a top destination for celebrities and models who fill their social media pages with bikini-clad selfies of this luxury beachfront hotel on the artificial island of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

However, Dubai’s image as a luxury foreign tourist destination has often generated controversy and intersects with strict rules of conduct and public expression, which are based on Islamic or Sharia law.

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The nude photo scandal took place days before Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, and when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky landed in Doha, Qatar for a state visit.

Over the years, Dubai has promoted itself as a popular travel destination for Russians on vacation. A number of Cyrillic markers are even a common sight in Dubai’s major malls.

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