Everyday items that could get you in trouble in Dubai – as Charlotte Crosby is nearly arrested for sex toy in luggage

DUBAI is a popular holiday destination for Brits looking to soak up some winter sun.

But you might not enjoy yourself so much if you get arrested for unwittingly bringing something illegal into the country.

That's what nearly happened to Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby after she was found to have a sex toy in her luggage.

The reality TV star was pulled over at the airport last week and had to plead with security not to take it further.

It is illegal to take sex toys into the United Arab Emirates or to have them delivered there.

But sex toys aren't the only everyday item that are banned in Dubai.

We've rounded up some other household items you could get sent down for if you take them on your next holiday to Dubai.


Taking pornography into the UAE is illegal, so it's best to leave it at home.

Videos, books and magazines may be subject to scrutiny and may be censored.

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Prescription drugs

There is a zero tolerance for drugs-related offences in Dubai – and not just drugs that are illegal in the UK.

There are a number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are perfectly legal here in Britain that could get you thrown into prison in the UAE.

Travellers are able to apply for permission to bring their medications into the UAE via an online system, and can bring up to three months' supply of a prescription item for personal use.

But first, they must provide contact details and will need a letter from their doctor certifying that they need the medication.

Medications that are banned include anti-anxiety drugs such as diazepam that are available on prescription in the UK.

However some over-the-counter cold remedies are also on the banned list, as well as common acne treatment roaccutane, Tramadol and codeine.

CBD oil

CBD oil, which is legal in the UK, is illegal in Dubai.

It can be found in a variety of household items in the UK, including e-cigarettes and beauty products.

If you're found in possession of any products containing CBD oil in Dubai, they will be confiscated and you may face criminal charges.


Alcohol is legal in Dubai, and tourists can buy and drink alcohol in licensed venues, such as hotels, restaurants and clubs.

You can also pick up some cheap booze in duty free, but you'll have to limit yourself as you can only take four litres of spirits, or 24 cans of beer through customs.

Wearing certain clothes

Being transgender is not recognised in Dubai, and nor is dressing as a sex other than the one you were born with.

So while the clothes themselves aren't illegal, crossdressing is considered illegal and is punishable.

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