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I Am Now Living in Qatar but Creditors From Abu Dhabi Are Threatening to Have Me Arrested for Debts. – Boston

Boston

“Dear Steve,

Good morning Sir, I was terminated from my job in Abu Dhabi in May 2008 have have left credit cards and loan balances. I sent an email and fax message to all credit card and bank company that I will repay them as soon as I get a job. I recently got a job here in Qatar but the UAE banks were able to get my home phone number thus our home phone ring every hour from collectors. My family assured them that I will repay my debts. This morning I have received an email from the collector that the bank will file a police blotter to the Abu Dhabi court and will escalate throughout the GCC region. I fear that I may get arrested here in Qatar, if they found out I am here in Qatar. I am not a fraudster. I will really pay my debts but just in three more months so I could establish myself here. but they wanted now.

Your advise please…

Boston”

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The Answer

 

Dear Boston,

I was just writing about the overall situation in the UAE the other day. See Bouncing a Check Can Put You Behind Bars For Years in Dubai.

Unpaid debts in the UAE can and do lead to imprisonment in the UAE. Warrants for arrest are reportedly share among GCC countries and people with warrants are detained at the borders when they enter a GCC country.

Your choices are minimal. You can either work out some arrangement you can meet with the collectors, wait to be arrested, or get the hell out of the GCC until you can repay your debts in full.

This situation is not a reflection of your values or integrity but a total lack of reasonable laws and regulations to allow people to repay debts in the GCC.

Please update me on your progress by posting updates here in the comments section of your question. I’m very interested in how this works out for you.

Big Hug!

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  • Danjiemar

    Hi Mr. Steve, I used to work in UAE, and left the country last year with updaid Credit Cards, the same year managed to find a job in KSA, and still working here, In january i contacted the banks to continue my payments, one of them mashreq was paid in full in january and closed my account and i am currently still paying the other bank. To my surprised i was informed by my friend that court police were looking for me concerning a case against me regarding the bank which i have cleared last january 2012. Immediately i called the bank and told them the problem, they confirmed to me that my account is zero balance and i could collect my clearance letter. Is it my duty to sort this problem in the court or it is bank responsibility to update the court concerning that case? Will this case affect me here in KSA?  

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      It might not be your duty to sort it out but if you want it sorted then I’d suggest dealing with it. The first thing I’d do is get a copy of that letter and keep an original copy with you when you fly in the GCC area. I don’t expect you to have any issues though.

  • Mediatarget

    Friends,
    There is a big chance to get arrested from the Airport while tarvelling…
    But when u prepare (ur company PRO’s) the exit permit u can check with the emigra. dept
    wheather u r banned or not..

  • away from dubai

    i am in the same situaltion like you, please tell me, are u still in qatar, have the police in doha airport contacted you ? are stopped you ? please let me know

  • Glenn Outman

    Hi Boston,
    When you left Abu Dhabi in 2008, was there a case file against you then? Were your security checks presented to the police before or after you left?.. or are they threatening to cash those checks now and present it to police–which is highly unlikely..

    Hugs,
    Glenn

  • Boston Thessalon

    Thank you Steve.

    At least I could sleep better now. Hope so…

    Thanks a lot and more power.

    • away from dubai

      i am in the same situaltion like you, please tell me, are u still in qatar, have the police in doha airport contacted you ? are stopped you ? please let me know

      • Mediatarget

        Friends,
        There is a big chance to get arrested from the Airport while tarvelling…
        But when u prepare (ur company PRO’s) the exit permit u can check with the emigra. dept
        wheather u r banned or not..

    • Away from Abu dhabi

      Hi Boston, I am in the same situation, are u still ok or so etching bad happened? Pls help me with ur reply.

  • Boston Thessalon

    Hi Steve, thanks for your thoutfulness and help. Though I feel bad that I was just hired here and I see the promise that I could possibly repay these debts if I could stay longer. But with your advise, I really feel the voltage and thunder at the tip of my fingertips and a shadow of a ghost at night.
    Sir, I just wanted to verify if it is true that I could be arrested in Qatar inspite the case being filed in Abu Dhabi?
    Is it true that it could escalate in GCC countries? Please advise.

    T. Boston

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Boston,

      From what I have heard and read, it is unlikely that you would be arrested while in Qatar but it is probable that you would be stopped at the border if you were to try and leave and your passport may be seized.

      For specific legal advice you’d have to consult with an attorney in Qatar.

      Steve

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