Abu Dhabi has two main prisons, which are operating at or above design capacity.
Al Mafraq is a rehabilitative juvenile centre holding as many as 32 youths aged 13 to 19.
Al Wathba prison was built in 1983 and has approximately 1,500 men and women. It is believed to be operating above capacity as at 2012.
The police station in Medina Zayed holds prisoners for up to two months. No visitors are allowed. Prisoners awaiting deportation are generally kept in Al Sader/Al Taweela, which is outside of Abu Dhabi. The police station at Khaledia holds prisoners for six months. At Mina, they are held only a very short time.
AL-WATHBA PRISON IN ABU DHABI
Al-wathba prison in Abu Dhabi is overcrowded. Conditions are hard for westerners.
There are close to 5000 male inmates and up to 500 female inmates.
There have been several cases of torture reported.
KNOWN PRISONERS IN AL-WATHBA