Dubai Fines Sea Cruise Firm for Offshore Gambling

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A company which organizes sea cruises in Dubai has been fined for allowing on-board gambling, which is forbidden under Islam, newspapers reported on Saturday. 

"Dubai is keen to promote tourism but no activity related to tourism should violate rules and regulations," Khalid Ahmad bin Sulayem, head of the Dubai tourism department, said in a press statement. 

"Gambling games are alien to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) society and are against Islamic values and traditions. There is no room for such activities," he said. 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktum, the crown prince of Dubai and architect of the tourism drive, ordered an unspecified fine and legal action against the company, which was not named - DUBAI (AFP)  

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