I am an American who was working in the uae for six months and in that time I accrued credit card debt in the approximate amount of $10,000USD. This is probably an overestimate, but definetly not an underestimate. I could not stand the working conditions in the UAE so I fled the country leaving behind my credit card debt.
My mother has been contacted by the bank a few times and then once by a UAE collection agency. Her response is always the same answer: “I don’t know where she is.” I have also received emails(although they are few and far between) regarding the matter. I simply do not respond to them. The latest one states that they will hand my case over to Interpol.
Will they hand over my case to Interpol for that insignificant amount(insignificant for an oil-rich country)? What will/can be done? Should I be worried? Should I avoid flying into any GCC state in the future?
There is a current scheme in Dubai to attempt to work out payment arrangements with creditors but from everything I’ve read you would need to be in the UAE to investigate that program. It’s administered by the local police.
Since you’ve already fled the country I would avoid any GCC country but you will not have any issues coming back into the United States.
I have not heard of any case being turned over to Interpol for a simple credit card default and and that sure sounds like a hollow scare tactic since Interpol has a much higher scale of priorities to deal with.
When you can, you might want to reach out to the bank in the UAE and attempt to workout a suitable repayment arrangement.
If you have concerns about your legal status in Dubai you might want to find an attorney in the UAE to advise you.
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