Canadian in Dubai Charged for Saying F-word


A Canadian man is in court in Dubai for allegedly telling a customer service rep to “f— off.” His defence? That’s not an insult in Canada. reports the 43-year-old man, whose name is not disclosed, had a dispute with an employee at a cellphone kiosk at the Mirdif City Centre mall.

“F— off is commonly used when a person expresses themselves metaphorically and asks another person, who angered them, to walk away,” said defence lawyer Uday Al Kazwini, of Dar Al Balagh Advocates, as quoted in the report.

The 29-year-old complainant accused the Canadian of telling him “F— you.”

“My client is a Canadian citizen, and f— off is not an insult in Canada … but f— you is a curse and an insult,” Al Kazwini told the Dubai Misdemeanor Court.

The United Arab Emirates has laws against profanity.

It is unclear what punishment the Canadian faces if convicted.