Dubai police arrest over a dozen women filmed naked on a balcony

The women were caught posing on one of the city's skyscrapers.
The women were caught posing on one of the city's skyscrapers. Photo credit: Twitter / @Global_Leaks

A group of women have spent the weekend behind bars after they were filmed posing naked on a balcony in broad daylight.

Dubai police have arrested and charged over a dozen women, who were caught posing on one of the city's skyscrapers.

Pictures and videos of the naked women emerged on social media on Saturday.

State-owned newspaper, The National, said the incident appeared to be a publicity stunt, but did not elaborate further.

Violations of the public decency law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including nudity and the use of 'lewd speech', carry penalties of up to six months in prison and/or a fine of 5000 dirhams (NZ$1936).

The sharing of pornography material is also punishable by imprisonment and a fine of up to 50,000 dirhams (NZ$19,371).

In a statement on Twitter, Dubai Police condemned the behaviour and called it "unacceptable".

"A criminal case has been registered against the arrest, and they have been referred to the Public Prosecution for further legal action," the statement wrote.

"Dubai Police warns against such unacceptable behaviours which do not reflect the values and ethics of the Emirati society."

The UAE has strict laws against public behaviour, where even kissing in public or drinking alcohol without a license have landed people in jail.

In November 2009, a British man and woman were jailed for kissing in public.

The pair were arrested after a local woman caught them kissing at a restaurant.

They were jailed for one month and fined 1000 dirhams (NZ$387).