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Dubai Travel Do's & Dont's

Travel Dont’s
  • Take photographs of the UAE’s attractions and photos of your family.
  • Wear bikinis and swimwear at beaches and pools but not in the streets and malls.
  • Keep your money, passport, and important documents safe at all times.
  • Drive if you have an international driving license.
  • Locate the embassy of your country and information about it for emergencies.
  • Respect the ladies’ section, including toilets.
  • Respect Islam, the ruling family, and the traditions.
  • Face the person talking to you.
  • Use your right hand to greet someone, take, give, or accept something.
  • Enjoy tourist facilities and have a great time.
Travel Do’s
  • Take photos of strangers or official buildings.
  • Drink alcohol unless you’re at a club or if you have a license.
  • Take in drugs because they are strictly forbidden.
  • Swim topless if you are a woman(bikinis are allowed)
  • Wear short shorts, dresses, skirts, or any type of clothing that reveals much cleavage.
  • Kiss, hug or hold someone’s hand (the reader should be able to differentiate between innocent and sexual behaviour. (Ex: you can hug or kiss your kids or other people when greeting them, however, you cannot kiss your wife in sexual ways)
  • Sit on someone’s lap (children are an exception).
  • Stare at people or point the sole of your shoe to someone’s face for they are considered rude.
  • Touch a Qur’an if you are not Muslim.
  • Joke around and shove your companions (friends, family) in public places.
  • Employ any worker on someone else’s visa, or no visa at all. You could be fined.
  • Litter since it is strictly forbidden in all 7 emirates.
  • Cross the street at undesignated areas.
  • Ask a lady for directions or instruction if she is accompanied by her husband (ask her husband instead)