Is it safe for Asians to transit through Dubai? This article seems to portray the rule of law is a little iffy.
The following and 2 other cases are detailed in an article (url below)
"In the Christmas Eve case, the family was prevented from boarding their departing flight at the airport in Dubai and detained for 14 hours in a case of mistaken identity.
It was a nightmare because the wife and her 13-year-old daughter were separated from the husband and made to spend the night in a crowded police cell.
In response to media queries, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said the family was detained at the airport by Dubai immigration authorities on Christmas Eve last year.
Their mobile phones were confiscated and they were not allowed to contact their relatives or the Singapore Consulate-General in Dubai for assistance.
After being held at the airport for about three hours, the family was then taken to the Dubai Police Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, where they spent the night in separate holding cells.
The spokesman said: "At no stage was the family informed of the reason for their detention nor were their questions addressed by the police personnel.
"The daughter was also kept with her mother in a cell with about 40 other females of ill-repute, despite her young age."
The following morning, the husband and wife were interrogated separately.
After the questioning, the Dubai police finally acknowledged that they were mistaken and had detained the wrong people."