Sharing a roof with an unrelated person of the opposite sex can spell disaster in the UAE
Hundreds of women‚ including the vast majority being foreign women‚ are locked up in the UAE every year for having sex outside of marriage – including pregnant women and rape victims.
In the UAE, all sex outside marriage is illegal, although in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a blind eye is usually turned to unmarried western couples who co-habit.
Although there are no moral police knocking on doors to see whether men and women live together outside of marriage or familial relationships (although in Sharjah they do), if a complaint is filed against the couple, then the police are obliged to investigate.
An unmarried couple living together could be flogged and locked up for months to years under the Sharia-based legal system.