general info DOS AND DON'TS
Dos and Don'ts
Updated on 25 May 2017

Welcome to Dubai. Whether you’re here with family, friends or your partner, we promise you there’s enough to guarantee each of you a good time. However, before you begin your holiday, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Here’s a list to help you:

  1. Ramadan

Its is the holy month of Ramadan, and many residents will be fasting therefore eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in public places is not permitted until after sunset. There are a few restaurants that will allow visitors to dine during daylight hours, but this will happen behind screened-off areas.

  1. Photography

Holidays mean lots of photographs and videos but make sure you do not take pictures of strangers without their permission. The UAE has strict photography laws, and photography and videography is permissible only if it does not infringe on the privacy of others. 

  1. Dress code

Tourists and residents are expected to dress modestly. Shopping malls and most public places have sign boards for the same. A good rule of thumb is to have your shoulders and knees covered.

  1. Public display of affection

Dubai is an Islamic city, and public displays of affection are offensive and will land you in serious trouble. Therefore, refrain from hugging or kissing in public places.

  1. Alcohol consumption

Visitors may consume alcohol at licensed restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Drinking in public or drunk behaviour is not acceptable, and could see you behind bars. Alcohol can be purchased, with a permit, at licensed alcohol shops. There is zero tolerance to driving under the influence of alcohol or any narcotics. 

  1. Ladies first

Most public and government services have a womens-only queue or counter, so you may use that where applicable.

  1. Taxis

In taxis, it is recommended women sit at the back, unless they use pink taxis (driven by women and designated for women and children).

  1. The weather

Using a sunscreen when outdoors is recommended as is using a moisturiser when indoors due to the air conditioning systems in most places. It is advisable to always carry a shawl or jumper as most malls have their air conditioners set at very low temperatures, making it uncomfortably cold for many people.

  1. Water

Residents consume bottled water, and it is

  1. SIM cards

Dubai has two telecommunication service providers Etisalat and Du and both provide Visitor Line packs for tourists that give you access to local and international calls, text messages and data. Prices start from Dhs 35



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