And so many women have asked for assistance the Foreign Office has been deluged with demands for help.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recorded 1,350 female detentions in the Emirates over the past five years for a variety of crimes.
And they say that each of the case files amounts to more than 50 pages of data per person as they try to support those in prison.
Women wear pink clothes in a Dubai jail
Responding to the information request, the FCO said: "We record formal allegations of torture and mistreatment made by British nationals detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"The FCO Consular Directorate is aware of allegations Consular Directorate made by 28 British nationals of torture and mistreatment in UAE prisons, police stations or detention centres between September 2011.
"In some of these cases a formal complaint to the Emirati authorities was not made as the detainee did not want to take it further.
Women are seen reading books in Arabic in prison
The women who report being raped are asked if they are married and if they say yes they are often prosecuted
Campaigner Shaun Attwood
More than 100,000 British nationals live in the UAE which is made up of populated cities including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In a Freedom of Information request the FCO has revealed it has intervened after 28 Britons claimed they suffered mistreatment by the authorities.
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The UAE uses elements of Sharia law and the death penalty is carried out by firing squad and stoning in the case of adultery.
Women read books in Dubai prison
"I am not able to provide figures for either the number of women who have complained they have been prevented from having access to a lawyer, or for those who have complained that they have not received a fair trial.
"A manual search of approximately 1,350 case files is the number of our individual arrest/detention cases in UAE to date since 1 August 2011.
"Each record totalled an average of 50 pages of data".
More than 270 women a year from the UK are detained in Dubai
Four years ago Rebecca Blake, 30, spoke to Express.co.uk after she was imprisoned for having sex outside marriage.
She recounted how she could have faced the death penalty for adultery if officials knew she was technically still married.
Ms Blake said: “I was taken to an underground prison like nothing I can describe.
"I was strip-searched, given a single mattress and told to find a space.
"It was filthy and overcrowded.
More than 100,000 British people live in the Untied Arab Emirates
“The toilet was a hole in the floor.
"I was wearing heels and a dress.
"I stayed in those clothes for two days without knowing why I was there.”
Since 1997, nine people, including on woman, are known to have been executed in the UAE.
Dubai women play with their children
Overseas Prison rights campaigner Shaun Attwood says more has to be done to educate people.
Mr Attwood works with British charity Prisoners Abroad who help people who are incarcerated overseas.
He said: "The women who report being raped are asked if they are married and if they say yes they are often prosecuted.
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"Quite often in these cases the women have to downplay what happened to them to get out of jail.
"It is very important that people understand local laws before they travel and make sure they are aware of what can happen to them.
"In these middle eastern countries now, you are tested for drugs in your system and prosecuted for possession if they are detected in your bloodstream and urine".