Briton faces jail in Dubai after flicking middle finger in moment of road rage

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Briton Jamil Ahmed Mukadam could face time in a Dubai jail (Facebook)
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Driving in Dubai can be stressful, but motorists need to refrain from road rage (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 September 2017
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Briton faces jail in Dubai after flicking middle finger in moment of road rage

DUBAI: A British man could face jail in Dubai after raising his middle finger at a motorist who was tailgating him.
The incident happened in February as Jamil Ahmed Mukadam was driving to the airport in Dubai, but it was only when he returned on Sept. 10 for a second holiday that he was arrested.
Mukadam, who works in IT for the British government, said a vehicle came up close behind him and started flashing their headlights, when he flicked his middle finger at the driver. But he said he “thought nothing more of it.”
It was when he arrived back at Dubai airport on Sept. 10, and presented his passport that the authorities were alerted and he was arrested.
He told British national The Sun that he was later released on bail, but his passport was confiscated.
Describing the initial incident, he told The Sun: “It’s the kind of thing that happens in England all the time. You don’t go to jail for it.”
But in the UAE, raising your middle finger to someone is a criminal offense – it is well documented, with other people having been jailed in the country before.
It is also illegal to use threatening or offensive language in the UK, although it is rare that people are jailed for such an offense.
A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office told the BBC: “We are assisting a British man who was detained in Dubai and remain in contact with the local authorities.”
Mukadam says he did not know there was case against him in Dubai. He has already been charge with indecency and could face a jail term of at least six months and a fine.
According to data released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under British freedom of information laws, Dubai has detained the second highest number of Britons between 2015 and the summer, according to London daily the Evening Standard.
The number stands at 524, while the most Britons were detained in Alicante (655), while the third highest amount was in Bangkok (454), closely followed by Miami (445) and Malaga (441).


Macron to host dance music concert at Elysee Palace

Updated 17 June 2018
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Macron to host dance music concert at Elysee Palace

PARIS: Hundreds of electronic music fans will be treated to a rare concert in the opulent courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace on Thursday, part of France’s Day of Music festival.
More than 1,500 free tickets were quickly snapped up on a first come, first served basis by signing up on the Elysee website.
The office of President Emmanuel Macron has not confirmed if he and his wife Brigitte will make an appearance during the four-hour show at his official residence.
But the first couple did appear during a surprise Elysee performance for the music day last year by the orchestra of France’s Republican Guard.
Although Macron is not the first president to hold concerts at the presidency, his predecessors including Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand made them invitation-only.
This will also be the first electronic music show, featuring two artists known for exporting the “French Touch” sound: the DJs Kavinsky and Pedro Winter, who performs as Busy P.
Kavinsky achieved wide recognition with “Nightcall,” a hit on the soundtrack to the 2011 film “Drive.”
Winter, the longtime former manager of Daft Punk, is also the founder of the Ed Banger label, whose artists have included house music acts Justice and Sebastian.
The will perform alongside younger artists Chloe, Cezaire and Kiddy Smile.