The last time I blogged grouchily about tourism in the Middle East, people argued that places like Dubai were great destinations for a female Westerner. I wasn't buying it, and this just shores up my resolve to spend my rapidly devaluing dollars elsewhere. (The linked post doesn't pertain to the woman traveler issue specifically, but being a woman in a Dubai prison sounds pretty awful.)
It's always good to double check on rules about importing medications before traveling. Sudafed is illegal in Japan, for example, and if this guy had had something stronger than melatonin his situation would undoubtedly be worse.