Inmates at Bur Dubai police station rioted on Saturday morning demanding cigarettes and takeaway food. About 20 detainees, mostly Emiratis, complained about a recent rule change that banned deliveries from an outside catering company.
"They threatened to burn the cells and destroy the surveillance cameras after we refused them delivery food and cigarettes," said Col Mohammed Nasser, the deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Department. The riot lasted two hours, he said.
The inmates also complained they were forced to drink tap water.