A British man who raised his middle finger at another driver in Dubai

A British man who raised his middle finger at another driver in Dubai

face jail after he was arrested for "offensive behaviour”.

Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, from Leicester, said he reacted "in frustration” when the driver cut him off in traffic.

It happened in February but he was detained on 10 September as he returned to Dubai for a second holiday.

His passport has been confiscated and Mr Mukadam has been told he must remain in the city awaiting a court hearing.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are assisting a British man who was detained in Dubai and remain in contact with the local authorities.”

Mr Mukadam, who works for the British government in IT, said he had no idea he had a case against him when he returned to Dubai.

"I am worried about running out of money before I even get to court,” he said.

"No-one plans to spend two months, or more, in hotels in Dubai.”

The organisation Detained in Dubai is supporting Mr Mukadam in the case.

Radha Stirling, its chief executive, said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a common place for British citizens to be arrested.

"This, in my opinion, is because the country presents itself as very modern and it seems that most behaviour that contradicts the law, is actually ignored,” she said.

"It lulls unsuspecting visitors into a false sense of security that this behaviour is tolerated.

"However, when a finger is pointed at such behaviour, the wrath of the legal system is severe and can warrant lengthy prison sentences.”

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