United Arab Emirates is the union of seven Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain) and each emirate is a fun and frivolous playground on the Persian Gulf. On one side UAE is most relaxed and cosmopolitan country in the Gulf, but at the same time one has to be very careful while travelling to this permissive but relatively conservative.
There is nothing to worry while travelling to UAE but what’s considered appropriate in your home country may be inappropriate if not illegal in UAE. So, Just adhere to some basic guidelines and cultural sensitivities and you can have a good time without offending anyone or breaking any local laws. Here are the seven things which one should avoid while travelling to UAE
Drugs can lead you to prison
Use and trade of drugs is banned in UAE and indulging in any such activity can lead you for life imprisonment/death penalty.
Keep the public place alcohol free
Usually for may traveller to have drinks is add on to their holidays. But one has to be careful if they choose their travel destination any of the Emirates. One can have drinks at their hotel or residence. Also, Travellers can go easy at nightclub or bar binge.
Play music and Dance in your limits
The rules in the UAE do take care of every citizen and hence its not allowed to play loud music and dance at public places.
Watch your photography
While travelling to any place one captures pictures of people and place to keep their memories locked in their camera. However, you need to keep the customs and traditions of the land in consideration. Here in UAE it is considered rude and intrusive to photograph people, especially women, without expressed permission
Dont showoff your love in public
Public displays of affection are considered indecent in Dubai, so keep your make-out sessions completely private. A few years back a British couple was jailed for having sex on a beach, but even lesser affectionate gestures can get you in trouble too. One twosome was arrested for locking lips in the back of a taxi – that’s not private enough here. Even a casual peck on the cheek between friends should be avoided. You do see some married couples or same-sex pals holding hands, but this is a grey area. It’s best to refrain from all forms of PDA to stay on the safe side.
Be decent in clothing
In UAE the muslim is the majoritarian religion and all the ruling of Islam are followed. So, people travelling to UAE should wear appropriate clothes as well. Although, some of emirates like Dubai does allow western clothing but one should avoid shorts etc.
UAE respects women
Don’t misbehave with women or indulge in unwanted conversation, prolonged stares, ogling, glaring, shouting, touching, stalking or any other comments or other such behaviour that may offend and are considered harassment.