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Dubai Police warn against sharing videos without permission

A group of teenagers was arrested within minutes of a video of the fight being circulated on social media

Dubai Police warn against sharing videos without permission

A group of teenagers involved in a public brawl in Dubai was arrested “within minutes” of a video of the incident being circulated on social media, according to Dubai Police.

According to the local Khaleej Times newspaper, Colonel Faisal Issa Al Qassim, director of the Dubai Police security media department said that the teenagers were taken into custody immediately following the incident.

“The police took legal action against them and also called their parents,” he said. “The teenagers have signed an undertaking to not repeat the act.”

Additionally, the colonel warned local residents against taking photos and videos of people without their permission, noting that it is “an invasion of their privacy” that is punishable by law.

According to UAE federal law, residents found in violation of other people’s privacy can face a fine of between AED 150,000 and AED 500,000, in addition to at least one year imprisonment.

"It is the right of a person to prosecute anyone who takes his photos or videos without permission even if he is a criminal," he said.

In another recent incident, a video was widely shared of a man committing a lewd act in a public pool in Dubai.

The location of the pool, Zero Gravity in Dubai, publicly apologised for the incident.