its a clash of cultures between residents and the foreigners who visit here to work and play. The couple were accused of having intercourse in public after meeting hours earlier at an all-you-can-drink champagne brunch. Dubai is considered the Las Vegas of the Middle East with its carefully cultivated image as an oasis of liberal entertainment set amid an expanse of conservative countries like Saudi Arabia. But be forwarned it is illegal for couples in Dubai to hold hands, hug or kiss in public. Much less have sex on the beach.