I always love a good Dubai story. It's like 9th century laws/customs that govern a 21st Century economy.
A British man sentenced to four years in jail in Dubai after cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar was found embedded in the tread of his shoe has reportedly been pardoned ... The 43-year-old was arrested in September  at Dubai International Airport ... Customs officers found 0.003 grams (0.0001 ounces) of cannabis in a cigarette stub stuck on the sole of one his shoes.
Apparently, none of the natives work and get a $600K/year stipend from the govt.
it is routine to see dozens of BMW and Mercedes Benz sedans abandoned in the parking lots around major transportation hubs. This article talks about the sports cars but abandoned luxury sedans are far more common
the police are wise to people escaping the country and they pay close attention to someone with a one way ticket out of the country. So debtors escaping are routinely buying round trip tickets to avoid detection
if you pack up your stuff and try to ship it out of the country, you are now subject to a background check before you leave
in these abandoned cars people also leave their house keys, their mortgage paperwork, their work visas etc because it makes it easier for the authorities to ID who has left, where they lived and what they owed
a Brit friend of mine bought a house there, the market collapsed, he was relocated to Houston and the company had to buy the house for what he paid for it just so he could leave the country. This transaction required an exemption from the CEO of the company because the company lost >$100K on the purchase of the house