American tourist detained in Abu Dhabi released

Abu Dhabi enforces strict punishments for those taking pictures in restricted areas.

Abu Dhabi enforces strict punishments for those taking pictures in restricted areas. Image by matthew venn / CC BY-SA 2.0

A 70-year-old American tourist, Robert Alan Black, has been released after spending a month in prison in Abu Dhabi. He was arrested and charged with taking pictures of restricted areas after snapping a photo of a sign banning photography in the embassy district. Taking photos in restricted areas, which can include military sites and government buildings, is punishable in the UAE with 1-3 months in jail and fines up to Dhs5000 ($1360). Read more: thenational.com  and edition.cnn.com

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