Police in Dubai arrested a group of people for public debauchery over a widely-shared video showing naked women posing on a balcony in the city.
Footage taken from a next door building shows over a dozen women on the balcony of one of the city’s skyscrapers being filmed by a man.
Dubai police said they arrested “group of people who appeared in an indecent video” on charges of public debauchery.
Videos and photographs showing the naked women, lined up on a balcony while being filmed in Dubai’s upscale Marina neighborhood, emerged on social media on Saturday evening.
The 15 models in the naked photo-shoot were part of a publicity stunt for an Israeli website, The Sun reports.
The site is believed to be a version of a US adult website – which has not been named.
It came as a shock in the UAE where tamer behavior, like kissing in public or drinking alcohol without a license, has landed people in jail.
Dubai police said those arrested over the indecent video have been referred to public prosecutors.
“Such unacceptable behaviors do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society,” said police in a statement.
Those detained face up to six months in prison and a fine of around $1,382.60 for violating public decency laws in the United Arab Emirates, which includes nudity and other lewd behavior.
The sharing of pornographic material is also punishable with prison time and hefty fines under the country’s laws, which are based on Islamic law, or Shariah.
The UAE, while liberal in many regards compared to its Middle Eastern neighbors, has strict laws governing expression and social media.
People have been jailed for their comments and videos online.
The country’s majority state-owned telecom companies block access to major pornographic websites.