There are a lot of things that can be done in most parts of the world without restrictions but the case is not so in Dubai. If you ever have the intention of having or planning a vacation to Dubai, then you should know these things. Read on to note some rules anytime you have to visit Dubai.
1. Dress Decently
As long as the attire doesn’t portray anything disrespectful, men can even wear shorts. However, a woman wearing skirts or bikinis in places such as the Mall (especially during Ramadan) is punishable by law in UAE. Make sure you dress decently/properly, that’s all will be required of you there lol.
2. No kissing in Public
In Dubai, this act is considered a serious crime and any local or Muslim man can report you and it is punishable by law and a fine if he sees it. Even though some Europeans can slide away with it, they take this offensively, behave properly).
3. No Swearing or cursing
It is common for people to swear in order to register the seriousness of their statements but avoid it when in Dubai. I don’t know for a fact if it’s a serious crime but try as much as possible to avoid swearing if you speak to a local because they take it really seriously so be very cautious in your language. At max, you might face a penalty but be careful.
4. Unauthorized Photographs
Everyone will love to take pictures upon visiting Dubai for memories’ sake but don’t take pictures of UAE locals without asking.
They find it very offensive and it can lead to problems. It’s not that they don’t like pictures; just that they find it disrespectful to do so without their consent. Appreciate it.
5. Don’t say your boyfriend or girlfriend in Hotels
Couples who visit Dubai should make sure they refer to each other as spouses instead of boyfriend or girlfriend. Marriage relationships are valued a lot in Dubai and having a girlfriend/boyfriend could be frowned upon by locals.
Despite the fact that you can buy alcohol on arrival in Dubai Duty-Free and even drink in licensed restaurants and hotels as much as you wish, don’t drink in public, and if you are drunk, it can result in problems you wouldn’t want to experience.
The trains are segregated based on men and women. Don’t find it surprising, it’s just the rule so obey it to avoid troubles.
8. Respect Culture
You are allowed to eat or drink during Ramadan if you are non-Muslim but please try to avoid eating in front of everybody during this time.
It is deemed disrespectful to the culture and traditions; you can eat and drink but do it indoors or in areas where it is hidden from locals. Now in Dubai mall, everything is open including restaurants Dubai isn’t as segregated in this aspect as it once was.
9. Attacking Islam in the UAE
Islam is known to be the official religion in the UAE and anyone that discriminates against Muslims or insults Islam in the UAE is highly punishable. They take strong action in this regard so don’t mess with them and they won’t mess with you.
Keynote; the locals are only 15 percent of the whole United Arab Emirates population. Bangladesh, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, Egyptian, a decent amount of Filipinos make up the rest. It’s very challenging to stringently enforce this in that way, and Dubai rules may be relaxed to seize the interests of most foreigners. But as a rule of note- You respect our laws, rules, we will respect you. It is a two-way street.