Effectively imprisoned in the UAE because of an exit ban imposed by his bank, and facing both the removal of his work permit, illegal status, and jail for being in debt, our correspondent makes a big decision: to leave the UAE and come to Oman, illegally.
His story continues...
PART TWO: The Escape
I decided I had to get out. I found someone who could facilitate this and paid a lot of money to be brought over the border into Oman.
I have seen the [UK] embassy who have said they cannot directly help me as I am illegal, the lawyer said the same, but I feel in the circumstances I would have hoped to be helped to get home to the UK. I did not expect to left in limbo. I am fully aware that I must spend some time in jail here and pay a fine but I just want a guarantee I will be returned to the UK after I have paid my dues to the Omanis.
I am running out of money, scared that if I am returned to the UAE I am going to spend more than a year in jail for 9000 dirhams which I paid and basically be a victim of a barbaric system with no support or influence from the embassy there.
Photo: Getting illegally from the UAE into Oman can be bought.
So, despite an Omani Government amnesty for illegal aliens (just extended for two months), it seems the British Embassy wouldn't help him get back to the UK.
Running out of money, he made the fateful decision to try to get a flight out...
At the check-in desk he was detained by the Omani authorities, arrested, and unfortunately, deported straight away back to the UAE.
He is now in Dubai prison.
Photo: Dubai Central Prison. Easier to see than you'd think...
As you might imagine, there's no internet where he is now, and he can only communicate through his lawyer. He's facing at least a year in jail, followed by deportation.
If you are an expat in the UAE and have debts you can't repay, and if you seem to be about to loose your job, the only sensible thing to do is to leave the UAE fast, via the airport, before you get slapped with a travel ban.
And wish the place good riddance.
Otherwise you will be imprisoned in horrible conditions in a Dubai jail, probably for months and possibly for years.
Such is the state of the law in the UAE. I fail to understand why tourists risk their lives even visiting the UAE, let alone working there. For example, The man who got 1 month for giving the bird, or many other cases of arrest and imprisonment for trivial or even non-sensical offenses. (hey, at least in Oman its only 2 weeks in prison for flicking the bird!! Go Oman!)
"One bloke was arrested for doing press-ups on the beach - cops accused him of making love to the GROUND and charged him with indecency."
What I don't understand is why our illegal alien wasn't helped by the British Embassy.
Also, paying to get to Oman is probably a waste of time, unless perhaps you then can arrange for someone to take you on a boat across to India.
In Part Three, the tale of an Omani-based expat who was arrested while visiting the UAE on a shopping trip, charged (falsely) with having a minor debt-charge. Her tale is really harrowing.