Some years ago (like 30... wow, I'm getting old), I spent 4 months in the UAE. A month lock-up was common for every little misstep. Often it was just because of total hearsay by someone else. I can tell so many stories. My own little story was sitting in a tiny windowless room in the Dubai airport waiting to be deported to India because my papers were not in order. I had dysentery from a trip to Egypt. In the middle of the night, just before my flight to Bombay was about to board, they put me in a van and we traveled to Al Ain, Abu Dhabi where I was left in an unfurnished apartment with a liter of water. God... what an awful experience. There are more details, but it was awful.
One day I will tell you about the public flogging and execution in the town square... It took two days to administer the 150 lashes.