• UPDATED: Sex Toys On Holiday - Dubai took them :-(

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    Young and fun95 [sign in to see picture]
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    Not being funny, but I found the answer within seconds on Google. You know they have strict rules about sex so should have checked about sex toys. I'm sorry you lost them but you're lucky you've been let off. It's illegal and you walked away to continue your holiday

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    MrsMcX [sign in to see picture]
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    I find it pretty irevelant that Turkey and Morocco accepted your sex toys. It's a totally different country, and although you've taken them to 'Muslim countries' like you specified on your previous thread doesn't mean that other countries would also accept it.

    I don't see why you need to see an official statement that says you can't take sex toys into the country, did you expect some sort of letter telling you you couldn't?

    You also say that you wee embarrassed that the sex toys were on show, but this is a risk you take when you travel to any country for safety precautions. Even in the UK you could have had your items taken out and put on show before you left the country, which is a risk everyone takes when taking sex toys through security.

    You also say you're sad because you never get a chance to use them at home. If you can afford to go to Dubai on holiday, you can afford a cheap night in a hotel to use your toys so that's not really relevant.

    As others have said, if you google it, there's plenty of search results that come up saying they're not allowed in the country, there's even been a thread on the forum not long ago about counties that block Internet access and the topic of sex toys in Dubai come up on there too.

    I understand it's been embarrassing for you, but I really think you should have done your research yourself. It's not really up to the UK embassy to tell you what you can and cannot take into counties, and I'm sorry to say but it is slightly ignorant that you didn't check before you travelled to the country.

    I think it's pretty standard of them to seperate you and your wife, because to them it was a massive illegal breech. I would cut your losses and be happy that you're both not still in the country sitting in a cell. I think you've got off quite lightly given the situation.

    Again, I'm really sorry that this happened to you, but wherever I travel, I always check the countries laws and traditions so I don't happen to do something that might offend people living in that country.

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    Briona87 [sign in to see picture]
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    Lovehoney - Jess wrote:

    You guys and gals do all realise that Briona87 is European, right?

    Therefore it's pretty safe to say she's including herself when she refers to 'Europeans'.

    For the sake of saving arguments I've changed it to 'people need to stop assuming', though.

    Erm, what was so offensive about that comment? I swear I don't get it at all. What is wrong with saying that Europeans (as in people from the UK, the Czech Rep, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Spain, France, etc.) should not assume that people with completely different cultural (and/or religious) background (people from the Middle East, Japan, Central Africa, Thailand, etc.) think in the same way as themselves?!? That they can consider approaches that may be viewed as rather unusual (or even "wrong" though I would be careful about using this particular word) by people from most European countries perfectly normal, or even "right"? Should I have used a fictional "comparison", going for "people from Ankh-Morpork think along different lines than dwarfs who live in Ankh-Morpork, and that both think differently than werewolves of Uberwald" instead? The message is still the same, though.

    Sorry but there was not a single offensive thought behind those lines whatsoever. And I never said one way of thinking was better than any other, either...

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Briona87 wrote:

    Lovehoney - Jess wrote:

    You guys and gals do all realise that Briona87 is European, right?

    Therefore it's pretty safe to say she's including herself when she refers to 'Europeans'.

    For the sake of saving arguments I've changed it to 'people need to stop assuming', though.

    Erm, what was so offensive about that comment? I swear I don't get it at all. What is wrong with saying that Europeans (as in people from the UK, the Czech Rep, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Spain, France, etc.) should not assume that people with completely different cultural (and/or religious) background (people from the Middle East, Japan, Central Africa, Thailand, etc.) think in the same way as themselves?!? That they can consider approaches that may be viewed as rather unusual (or even "wrong" though I would be careful about using this particular word) by people from most European countries perfectly normal, or even "right"? Should I have used a fictional "comparison", going for "people from Ankh-Morpork think along different lines than dwarfs who live in Ankh-Morpork, and that both think differently than werewolves of Uberwald" instead? The message is still the same, though.

    Sorry but there was not a single offensive thought behind those lines whatsoever. And I never said one way of thinking was better than any other, either...

    +1

    That's how I read it, but thank you for clarifying :)

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Now, sadly, it seems this topic has gone overboard yet again, so to save you lot all falling out with one another, I am going to close this thread too.

    Please, please, PLEASE try to be nice to one another :)

    Thank you

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    Briona87 [sign in to see picture]
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    MrsMcX wrote:

    I find it pretty irevelant that Turkey and Morocco accepted your sex toys. It's a totally different country, and although you've taken them to 'Muslim countries' like you specified on your previous thread doesn't mean that other countries would also accept it.

    I don't see why you need to see an official statement that says you can't take sex toys into the country, did you expect some sort of letter telling you you couldn't?

    You also say that you wee embarrassed that the sex toys were on show, but this is a risk you take when you travel to any country for safety precautions. Even in the UK you could have had your items taken out and put on show before you left the country, which is a risk everyone takes when taking sex toys through security.

    You also say you're sad because you never get a chance to use them at home. If you can afford to go to Dubai on holiday, you can afford a cheap night in a hotel to use your toys so that's not really relevant.

    As others have said, if you google it, there's plenty of search results that come up saying they're not allowed in the country, there's even been a thread on the forum not long ago about counties that block Internet access and the topic of sex toys in Dubai come up on there too.

    I understand it's been embarrassing for you, but I really think you should have done your research yourself. It's not really up to the UK embassy to tell you what you can and cannot take into counties, and I'm sorry to say but it is slightly ignorant that you didn't check before you travelled to the country.

    I think it's pretty standard of them to seperate you and your wife, because to them it was a massive illegal breech. I would cut your losses and be happy that you're both not still in the country sitting in a cell. I think you've got off quite lightly given the situation.

    Again, I'm really sorry that this happened to you, but wherever I travel, I always check the countries laws and traditions so I don't happen to do something that might offend people living in that country.

    I have already mentioned this in the previous thread; although the majority of people who live in Turkey may be Muslims, the country itself is (or is supposed to be, ever since the reforms launched by Atatürk) supposed to be a secular one (though there are Islamist politicians who would like to overturn this and implement the Sharia law), with civil courts and legislature. Even though it is still rather conservative country with a "we may not be very happy with sex toys but well, have them if you must" approach and a certain level of censorship (press, internet, etc.), the country is unlikely to "officially" harrass any EU citizens if they restrict their sex toy fun to their hotel rooms. Both Turkey and Tunisia are also a part of the European Neighbourhood Policy system and they are not too likely to look for unnecessary trouble with EU cirizens, providing they don't do stuff that can be viewed as "really serious" criminal activity.

    Tunisia has implemented a lot of "European" judicial arrangements as well (the French used to have quite a bit of infuence in that area) and even though it "traditionally" belongs to the Maliki area, the Sharia courts have been abolished there in mid 20th century. The UAE however, actually live by the Sharia law of the Maliki school (one of the strictest ones within Islamic world) and approach many personal, civil and economic issues in a very different way than people from other areas of the world might expect.

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    love_lovin' wrote:

    and to ask if anywhere where I'd may have missed the official statement that someone here knows about - in summary there isn't.

    http://www.dubai.ae/en/Lists/HowToGuide/DispForm.aspx?ID=6

    Other banned items include pornographic material,... and any objects,...books or magazines which do not adhere to the religious and moral values of the UAE.

    Will that do?

    Not to mention the general rule of thumb to just never travel with anything you'd hate to lose.

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    love_lovin' [sign in to see picture]
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    Thanks rose hip

    As the 'objects' part didn't follow soon after the 'pornographic' word and went on to talk about lasers and weapons I believed the relevent info stopped, so ended my reading there.

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    MrsMuffin [sign in to see picture]
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    Perhaps I should have highlighted the relevant info when I posted the link.

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    I seem to be travelling to Dubai a lot at the moment and the last time did take a butt plug and a few other toys but nothing that was obvious.

    Their 'rules' are very different from the UK's and are easy to understand but going to Libya a few years back I was worried that my mouthwash might cause trouble because of the alcohol content.

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    Young and fun95 [sign in to see picture]
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    Could I just point out that what you did is equal to someone bringing drugs into this country. Do you think our country would allow someone to store their cannabis in the airport to collect on the way out?! They would confiscate and destroy it, then fine or imprison you. They handled it correctly. You were nervous, that's good, you're not gonna do it again, you've told people, who aren't gonna do it, you are unharmed and unpunished. This was a bad experience for you but not something to take offence at

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