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do's & dont's in dubai

Dubai Shopping Festival
12 years ago, January 22nd 2011 No: 1 Msg: #127038  
Dubai Shopping Festival is @ its full Charm But Do's & Don'ts of the City:

Bikinis: DO wear a bikini at the beach or swimming pool but, out of respect for local culture, please cover up in public areas. Due to local sensibilities, topless sun-bathing is not allowed and G-strings are not deemed appropriate.
Tipping: DO tip in restaurants if you wish. A service charge is often added to the total bill but, if it isn’t, a figure of 15% is standard.
Photos: DO take photos as memories of your trip but avoid military sites and do ask permission if you want to photograph a local person (ladies in particular). Most people will be happy to pose for a photograph but make sure you have their approval first.
Censorship: DO be aware that international magazines and newspaper sold in Dubai are censored. Anything deemed risqué (ie: pictures of scantily clad women) will be marked out in black and intimate scenes in films shown in Dubai will be cut out. Bear this in mind when bringing magazines into the country.

Drugs: DON’T forget that there is a zero tolerance of drug use in Dubai and that conviction could earn you a four year prison sentence. While you're extremely unlikely to be offered drugs in Dubai, if it happens - just say no.
Kissing: DON’T be too passionate in public with your partner. UAE is a Muslim country and when it comes to public displays of affection – anything more than a kiss on the cheek may offend those around you and may get you in trouble with the police.
Alcohol: DON’T drink or be seen to be drunk outside of licensed premises in hotels. Drinking alcohol is not a part of Muslim culture and drunken behaviour in the street and drink driving are both punishable offences which could lead to a jail sentence.
Taxis: DON’T expect taxi drivers to carry change. Many struggle to provide change for any note greater than AED 50. We recommend you have a ready supply of smaller notes if you are taking a cab within the city.
Hand gestures: DON’T make rude hand gestures if you're driving. Venting your frustrations either physically or verbally can result in your arrest.
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12 years ago, January 22nd 2011 No: 2 Msg: #127043  
Thanks Nisha, very helpful information. There are a few other points I'd like to add.

Be discreet when holding hands in public places - I've seen at least one major shopping centre which displayed signs that hand-holding is not acceptable.

The other major don't is one should refrain from any negative comments about the ruling classes - (i.e President, Prime Minister, Rulers, Crown Princes) - one should always be respectful of those in power in the UAE.

Re taxi drivers, I think that those in Dubai are some of the best in the world - but having smaller notes is always helpful. Reply to this

11 years ago, November 25th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #147647  
Our experience was that locals did not want photos taken and would look away or put their hand in front of their face if they saw you taking a photo.

It is important for women dress conservatively. Please do not disrespect these people in their home land.

Homosexuality is a criminal offense with possible deportation.

Use common sense and when in doubt don't. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 15th 2013 No: 4 Msg: #165166  
I think Desert Safari and Dubai Dhow are the mandatory things to do in Dubai.

[Edited: 2013 Jan 15 16:10 - The Travel Camel:11053 - Link removed, No dropping commercial links on tis thread, thanks.]
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8 years ago, February 15th 2015 No: 5 Msg: #188673  
Try the Seawing Sea plane rides, its super fun! also best way to get around Dubai is the city tour bus rides, the routes covers the key areas of DXB. get more info on this here <snip>
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8 years ago, August 18th 2015 No: 6 Msg: #192635  
thanks alot for this info really helpful. Reply to this

7 years ago, November 3rd 2015 No: 7 Msg: #193843  
Yes, I also got some good ideas on things that should be done in Dubai. My family have plans for a trip to Dubai coming holiday season and already done deals with a travel agency as Citadeltours for it. I will share these information’s with my family, may they like these ideas. Reply to this

7 years ago, December 1st 2015 No: 8 Msg: #194236  
Dubai is a modern city that welcomes visitors from around the world. The Important thing is that if you are caught with even the smallest amount of alcohol in your system when you are driving you may be imprisoned. If you are non-Muslim tourists you can visit certain mosques in Dubai like the most impressive Jumeirah Mosque. I found this information by the help of AltDubai who was my tour operator when I had visited. Reply to this

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