Illegal massage parlors in Dubai: police raid 218 apartments in 3 years – News

Cops pledge to end distribution of massage parlor cards; say illegal salons are a serious threat


By a staff reporter

Published: Tue 22 Feb 2022, 15:47

Dubai Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness about unlicensed massage parlors which pose a serious threat to anyone seeking their intriguing and risky services.

Launched in collaboration with strategic partners, the campaign aims to combat illegal activities and ensure the safety and security of community members.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al-Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations, confirmed that the Dubai Police have stepped up their efforts to raise awareness of the harmful activities of the centers and trace the locations and operators of these unlicensed businesses, as well as only to stop distributors of massage cards on vehicles.

“Not only do these cards promote illegal businesses, but they also contain indecent imagery that violates public morals. We are putting an end to this uncivilized phenomenon that endangers motorists and pollutes our beautiful streets,” said the brigadier. Al Jallaf added.

He warned members of the public against dealing with illicit massage parlors, pointing out that offenders face legal liability, not to mention the high possibility of falling victim to extortionists.

“Dubai Police efforts over the past three years have succeeded in disconnecting the services of 3,114 phone numbers found on these cards, raiding 218 apartments used as illegal trading outlets and arresting 2,025 offenders, including 1,643 have been charged with offending public morals and 165 printing and distributing massage cards,” Brig Al Jallaf added.

The Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations reaffirmed that public safety is a shared responsibility between the Gendarmerie and members of the community.

“Dial 901 or use the ‘Police Eye’ service through the Dubai Police smart app to report any suspicious, shady and illegal activity, including these unlicensed centers and their promoters,” it added.


Al Jallaf further noted that licensed massage centers are registered on Dubai Economic and Tourism, and anyone wishing to avail their services is encouraged to call the department on 800545555.

Brig Al Jallaf thanked all partners for their collaboration with law enforcement operations which ensure that all properties belonging to these illegal centers are deprived of public services to operate, and that their owners are held legally responsible for the conduct unlicensed businesses.

“Dubai Police Partners have played a major role in achieving the campaign goals. more appropriate to conduct publicity and promotional campaigns, and have aided the Force’s efforts to fine offending centers,” he added.

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