Dubai woman files for divorce after husband charges money to spend time with her

A woman in Dubai has sued her husband for divorce because he “charged her” 500 dirhams to spend time with her. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 February 2018

Dubai woman files for divorce after husband charges money to spend time with her

LONDON: A woman in Dubai has sued her husband for divorce because he “charged her” 500 dirhams ($136) every time she wanted to spend time with him, according to a report in the UAE’s Al Bayan newspaper.
The Arab man — who is currently unemployed — claimed that spending the day with his wife was time he could have been spending with his friends, and felt giving up his time was a “service he should be compensated for,” the report went on to say.
He based his demand on his belief that “an employed woman should help her unemployed husband.”
The first time she was asked, the woman gave her husband the 500 dirhams in return for going out with her in his car, assuming it was a one-off request.
But according to the report, he kept asking for the same fee every time she wanted to go out with him.
The wife refused and chose to remain at home instead of allowing the situation to escalate, the report stated.
After a month, the wife decided to seek a divorce rather than continue paying money to spend time with her own husband.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.