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​Minister of State, Alistair Burt to meet with family of Andy Neal - innocent veteran held for 6 months in Dubai

​Minister of State, Alistair Burt to meet with family of Andy Neal - innocent veteran held for 6 months in Dubai

Press Releases   •   Mar 20, 2019 17:57 GMT

Minister of State Alistair Burt is set to meet Sue and Maurice, Andy Neal's parents at the FCO tomorrow. Neal family hopeful that the British government will support veteran and PTSD sufferer who has been detained without evidence for almost 6 months in the UAE.

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

UAE response to detention of football fan abroad highlights ongoing abuse of British tourists

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2019 12:08 GMT

UAE government attempts to change the media narrative in cases where British nationals have been unfairly detained

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Brit football fan arrested in Dubai for wearing Qatar football top - FCO needs to increase UAE travel warnings!

Press Releases   •   Feb 05, 2019 14:28 GMT

​British citizen Ali Issa Ahmad has been arrested in the UAE for wearing a Qatar national football team shirt, and potentially faces a 15 year jail term and a fine of over Dh500,000.

British FCO confirms it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the UAE and even in flight

British FCO confirms it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the UAE and even in flight

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2018 19:32 BST

Following widespread confusion regarding the alcohol laws in the UAE, the UK government has advised citizens that it is illegal for tourists to drink alcohol in the country or en route to the country.

Safety of Visiting Dubai Under Question

Safety of Visiting Dubai Under Question

Press Releases   •   Mar 16, 2018 13:34 GMT

Middle Eastern travel, investment and expat hotspot Dubai is under scrutiny for ongoing abuse of British citizens, wrongful imprisonments and human rights violations. Should Brits be putting themselves in jeopardy?

Unfolding mystery of “Runaway Dubai Princess" with American national - Desperate FULL LENGTH video released

Unfolding mystery of “Runaway Dubai Princess" with American national - Desperate FULL LENGTH video released

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2018 12:27 GMT

Missing persons report filed for daughter of Dubai’s ruler and American National after distress call was received by British NGO Detained in Dubai.

Priti Patel, MP responds to requests for support from 21 yr old Asa Hutchinson, trapped in Dubai.

Priti Patel, MP responds to requests for support from 21 yr old Asa Hutchinson, trapped in Dubai.

Press Releases   •   Feb 16, 2018 16:03 GMT

Parents of Asa Hutchinson, trapped in Dubai, seek Priti Patel’s support to bring her home following false allegations in the tourist hotspot

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

Scotland's Billy Barclay who escaped Dubai comes out in support of fellow Brits still trapped there

News   •   Oct 07, 2017 12:46 BST

British family man Billy Barclay, who narrowly escaped jail in the UAE recently adds his voice to the International campaign to free fellow Brits held in Dubai, Jamil Mukadam and Jamie Harron. Both face jail for offences frighteningly easy for any Western visitor to fall foul of. Billy believes the FCO ought to be much more vigilant in its warnings to travellers, and helpful to those in trouble

Dangerous UK FCO advice to Billy Barclay could have left him stuck in UAE indefinitely.

Dangerous UK FCO advice to Billy Barclay could have left him stuck in UAE indefinitely.

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2017 10:04 BST

Billy Barclay was warned by the British Government not to proceed with advice from Detained in Dubai. They reportedly advised him to not take his story to the media and that doing so would make matters worse. This advice is alarming, as most cases have shown that active media campaigning has proved to be sometimes the only way innocent people detained in the UAE can gain their freedom.

Edinburgh family man’s detention in Dubai highlights shortcomings on UK FCO advice

Edinburgh family man’s detention in Dubai highlights shortcomings on UK FCO advice

News   •   Oct 04, 2017 11:44 BST

The recent case of the Scotsman, Billy Barclay who has been arrested and detained in Dubai for presenting one counterfeit £20 note highlights the FCO's unwillingness to properly warn visitors to the UAE of the potential dangers. The international community are shocked at the ease with which this detention was carried out and the lack of willingness by the FCO to intervene.