“I wish to remind all my fellow Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates that premarital sex and sex outside wedlock is against UAE law. It is punishable by three to six months imprisonment and eventual deportation,” Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes told Gulf News.
Although this fact is well known in the UAE, a number of couples still end up behind bars for this violation, not only Filipinos but also other nationalities. “My advice to single men and women who are in a relationship and have plans to live together is to get married so they can live as husband and wife. To those who are currently in extramarital relationships, end the existing relationship properly and once you are legally allowed to get married again, do it,” said Attorney Barney Almazar, a licensed UAE legal consultant and partner at Gulf Law.
“It’s not just complying with the law, it’s also being fair with the other partner,” he added. Illegal affairs are among the top issues plaguing some Filipinos in the UAE as stated in Almazar’s Essential OFW Guide to the UAE.