Traveling to Dubai: Important Tips to Know

Whether you are going to Dubai as a tourist or business traveler, it would be good to know what are some important things you need to follow or observe when you get there. Though Dubai is an open city in the United Arab Emirates, it is still a place that has its roots in the Islamic world, so your knowledge about its culture and society and traditions would help you a lot on how to properly conduct yourself while in your trip.

dubai-tourismFor female travelers, there are still a lot of safety issues you should be aware of when traveling to Dubai. That’s because women are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and in order for a conviction against an attacker to take place, the attacker must confess or the attack needs to be witnessed by four male adults who can confirm that the assault took place.

There was also a case where a female tourist was charged with adultery and was jailed after she complained to the police about being drugged and raped by her co-workers at a resort. In other words, victims of sexual assault can face charges.

Here are some things to be careful about when traveling to Dubai. Be sure as a tourist, that you follow local laws and customs in Dubai.

What Not to Do in Dubai:

No Drinking in Public – there is a very strict law against public drinking and you should be at least 21 years of age in order to drink. Drink only in your hotel.

Public Display of Affection – When in Dubai, you and your partner should learn to control your public display of affection since that could actually lead to arrest and imprisonment.

Swimwear – You may be used to being nude when you are sunbathing at the beach, but in Dubai, nudity is illegal and you have to make sure that your swimwear is also modest and appropriate and not too revealing.

Smoking – If you are a chain smoker, then you will have a hard time traveling in Dubai since you are not allowed to light up your stick in shopping malls or government offices or buildings. Learn to control your urge to smoke unless you want to be fined or imprisoned.

Sex and Homosexuality – In this city, you are not allowed to have sex outside of marriage and that is why some victims of sexual assault or rape get imprisoned after reporting their case since it can be considered falling under this law. Homosexual acts are also illegal and will be subject to extreme punishment by the law.

Looking at Women – are you one of those men who like to cat-call women? Well, in Dubai you can’t do that. It is illegal to harass women and to give long stares or continue to converse with them when they no longer want to talk to you.

Picture Taking – be careful when clicking your cameras. In Dubai, it is illegal to take photos of people especially women you do not know and can lead to arrest and imprisonment.


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