Dubai says participants in a high-rise balcony naked photo shoot will be deported after a video was shared online, Sky News reported Wednesday.
At least 11 Ukrainian women and a Russian photographer were detained on charges of producing pornography and violating the country's decency laws.
Russian and Ukrainian authorities confirmed the arrest of their citizens but the nationalities of others detained weren't disclosed.
The generally pro-Kremlin tabloid Life identified the Russian man as the chief of an information technology company in Russia's Ivanovo region although the company denied he was involved.
Photos and video on social media showed around a dozen women naked in broad daylight on a balcony while being filmed in the upmarket Marina neighborhood.
Dubai is a top destination for Instagram influencers and models, who fill their social media accounts with bikini selfies from the gulf emirate's posh hotels and artificial islands.
Issam Issa al-Humaidan, Dubai's Attorney General, said public prosecutors completed an investigation and those involved will be sent back to their home countries.
In the United Arab Emirates even kissing in public can land one in prison.
"The public prosecutor ordered the deportation of the accused for their behavior contrary to public morals," The Associated Press quoted al-Humaidan as saying.