While there are no official figures on the number of detained, Dubai police sources say that those with Pakistani passports can't be kept in custody. Dawood's brother Mushtaqeen is now a Pakistani citizen while Noora, on some misplaced notion of nationalism, has refused Pakistani citizenship. That Dubai meant business became clear when associates of key Dawood aide Sharad Shetty like Pathan were also beaten up.
Such arrests were unthinkable even a year ago. Of course, the Mumbai police and Indian intelligence agencies have their own theories on why the UAE authorities acted. Among these are: pressure from US and India, to stop cricket betting and to keep Dubai's image clean at the time of the annual shopping festival. But why then was there no crackdown in previous years?