A few friends and I are travelling from Ireland to Japan in a month and we have a 4-hour stopover in Dubai both ways (flights are all with Emirates). According to the Dubai Customs website "Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material" are banned items, including for transit. Does this mean that we cannot purchase figures/posters in Japan and bring them back to Ireland? I can't seem to find anything on the Emirates website that states this, only on the Dubai Customs website.
There are certain goods that cannot be imported, exported or transited or that require permits from the competent authority.
In addition, the Dubai Airport webpage only mentions printed materials that contradict Islamic teachings, nothing about statues or prints.