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Israeli 'sex tourism' is the fruit of normalisation with the UAE

It is hard to believe the testimonies of Israeli tourists returning from the UAE, in which they describe Dubai as the Las Vegas of the Middle East. This is specifically in terms of the spread of prostitution and the sex trade that does not befit an Arab Muslim country.

Reports from Israel suggest that 8,000 Israelis travelled to Dubai to celebrate the New Year. They apparently took hashish and marijuana with them to the UAE, despite its strict drug laws, with up to 20 years imprisonment and sometimes execution for convicted drug smugglers.

One Israeli who admitted to smuggling drugs into Dubai told Israel's Channel 12 that he was not worried about being arrested. "All we did was smuggle some hashish and marijuana to celebrate [New Year's Eve] and get high," he explained. "It isn't cocaine, they are light drugs. I don't believe that we'll get in trouble. A death sentence for a few hundred grams in our suitcases? We only smoke in our hotel room."

According to an Israeli resident in Dubai, the increasing number of fellow Israelis visiting the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular, has made them think that they're at home and can do whatever they want. "Most Israeli tourists in Dubai don't wear masks, don't keep social distancing and risk receiving very high fines." About 50,000 Israelis have visited the UAE since the normalisation agreement was signed in September.