Court told he wanted passenger to ‘relax’ after flight
Travel firm Airbnb is to work with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing of Dubai to help people rent out their homes to holidaymakers. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the organisations will ensure that those who let premises abide by the regulations, as well as work together on marketing and promotional activities. National news agency WAM said the agreement follows the introduction of new regulations last month that aim to make obtaining a ‘holiday home’ licence simpler for individual tenants and homeowners. Founded in 2008, San Francisco-based Airbnb is an online marketplace where people can list their homes as holiday rentals around the world. Olivier Gremillon, Managing Director of Airbnb in EMEA, said: “Airbnb is good news for Dubai. It helps grow and diversify tourism, increase consumer choice and will attract new guests to this exciting destination.” He added: “This is just the start of our partnership.” A limousine driver has gone on trial accused of molesting a female tourist after picking her up from Dubai International Airport.
Dubai Court of First Instance was told that the 36-year-old Bangladeshi touched the American’s woman’s arms then offered to massage her shoulders, telling her she should relax after a long flight from the United States.
Prosecutors said the incident took place on March 2.
The woman had taken the car from the airport and was heading for a hotel in the Naif area of By Ali Al Shouk Deira. She sat on the front seat of the car and it was shortly after getting in that she was allegedly molested by the driver.
A 53-year-old police officer said that he was called to the hotel.
The officer testified: “She was in the hotel and claimed that she was abused by the driver.
“She said that he touched her left arm and attempted to touch her thigh when she stopped him.” The woman said that the driver told her that he has a girlfriend also from the US and showed her a picture of a woman on his phone.
Dubai Police contacted the driver, asking him to return to the hotel, and then questioned him.
The officer continued: “He said that he asked her to sit in the passenger front seat and then he touched her left arm, as he wanted to help her to relax.
“He said that he offered her a massage to help her relax after the long flight but she refused.”
The woman identified the accused in line-up. During questioning, police said he confessed to a molestation charge, but in court he denied the charge.
“I didn’t touched her” he told presiding Judge Fahad Al Shamsi.
He adjourned the case until next month.