x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Man arrested in Dubai Mall for wearing only boxer shorts

An Emirati youth was arrested after walking into Dubai Mall at 4am wearing only his boxer shorts.

DUBAI // A man who took advantage of late-night opening hours by going shopping in Dubai Mall wearing only his boxer shorts told his arresting officers he hoped to "brighten the mood" by doing something "fun and new".

CID officers on patrol at the mall arrested him shortly after 4am on Sunday.

"When we asked him why had he done so, he replied, 'for fun'," said Lt Colonel Ahmed Al Merri, head of CID.

Four friends accompanying the scantily clad man - a 20-year-old Emirati - were fully clothed.

"He was not drunk," Lt Col Al Merri added.

The man is in custody and has been referred to the Bur Dubai Prosecution on a charge of committing an indecent act in public.

A picture taken by late-night shoppers of the man in his boxer shorts is circulating on BlackBerry Messenger.

salamir@thenational.ae