Traveling to a new country is one experience we all would like to tick on our wish list. Before flying, we would have surfed the net to discover the exciting places to visit and take those beautiful selfies.
Dubai is a beautiful emirate in the UAE known for its modern architecture and luxury shopping life. All over the internet, we have blogs that talk about things to do in Dubai, places to visit, Dubai hotels and so on. No one talks about the things NOT to do…things that can get you either deported or worse, arrested.
Don’t be alarmed. All you have to do is follow these basic guidelines, and you can have a fun time without breaking any laws.
Here are 10 things you must not do when you travel to Dubai:
1. Don’t eat in public during Ramadan
As we all know, Ramadan is the holy month, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. So if you happen to be in Dubai during Ramadan, do not eat or drink in public when the Muslims are busy fasting. It is disrespectful to them as you know Dubai is mostly dominated by Muslims. You can eat freely in Dubai hotels, your hotel room or the privacy of your home. Although Pregnant or Nursing women and small children are an exception, discretion is advised.
2. Watch your Tongue
Thou shall not cuss in Dubai! I say that with a straight face and all seriousness. A tourist was once charged for saying ‘’what that f***’’ to a policeman. Keep vulgar languages to yourself, bite your tongue if need be and do not for any reason make blasphemous remarks against Islam in Dubai. It is considered a punishable offense and a lot of tourists and foreigners have been jailed for it. Also, refrain from any utterances or negative comments about the prominent and ruling families. Freedom of speech is not universally accepted.
3. Be careful when taking Pictures
Many travelers want to capture pictures that depict cultural values like images of people in their native attires, eating their local food just as a souvenir of their trip. This is one of the most exciting things to do in Dubai. That being said, be respectful of their local customs. It is considered rude in Dubai to take pictures of people without permission, especially women. So when checking places to visit in Dubai, keep this in mind and watch your photography.
4. Nudity is a No No!
This goes without saying, but Nudity is not allowed in public places in Dubai. Get an appropriate swimwear for the beach, pool or water parks, but women must desist from going topless. Men put a shirt on when walking through the streets, keep your six-pack undercover even when you go jogging.
5. Keep your LGBT lifestyle on the low.
While some countries in the world are acceptable of LGBT lifestyle, Dubai is not the place to flaunt it. Even cross-dressing is an illegal act here. Same-sex couples should refrain from public display of affection, just like heterosexual couples should. You can be who you are but be discreet.
6. Watch your Hand Gestures
Use your whole hand to gesture at someone if need be. Don’t signal at someone with just one finger. Even to a regular person, it is quite rude. Rude and obscene hand signals are strictly forbidden.
7. Be careful the way you use your Left Hand
In Muslim cultures, the left hand is traditionally used for “body hygiene.” Don’t greet anyone with your left hand, shake with your right hand. Don’t pass something to another person with left hand…especially food. However, it is okay to have a drink with your left hand.