UK Government failing citizens in UAE


Clients of Radha Stirling, David Haigh and a UK Queen’s Counsel are preparing to bring a landmark class action against the UK Government for the perceived lack of duty of care towards citizens regarding the dangers of places like Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Detained in Dubai, a non-profit organisation formed to assist people who have become victims of injustice in the UAE, has said the UK Government has: “failed to give sufficient warning to UK nationals travelling to the Sharia governed desert state, it [the Government] has failed to respond to requests for help for British citizens who fall foul of the strict laws, and when it does respond, it takes almost no action on behalf of its citizens.”

A number of cases of UK nationals who Detained in Dubai say have suffered legal abuse abroad, have been reviewed by Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and managing partner at David Haigh, and the Queen’s Counsel. Statements so far, say the non-profit organisation, have included everything from small debt cases, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and detention without charges, to large commercial cases.

Detained in Dubai say that the UK Government is not failing to enforce a 2009 treaty between the UK and UAE which helps to protect UK businesses in the UAE and Dubai. Breaches of this treaty have ‘left UK businessmen and private individuals flailing as Emirati companies are allowed to steal from UK businessmen with impunity’, according to Detained in Dubai.