Dubai is a fun and frivolous playground on the Persian Gulf, but don’t consider it the Vegas of the Middle East. Many a foreigner has been thrown in jail for unwittingly committing an offense.
So here are 12 things not to do when in Dubai.
Don’t do Drugs.
Dubai has zero tolerance towards possession, use and selling of drugs. Even prescription drugs may be considered contraband.
Don’t Drink in Public.
Go easy on that all-you-can-drink champagne brunch, nightclub or bar binge.
Women must refrain from going topless at the beach. And even men should cover-up, when walking through the streets.
No Song and Dance.
Don’t play loud music or dance in the streets. Resist the urge until you’re on an official dance floor.
No Kissing in Public.
A British couple was jailed for having sex on a beach, but even kissing can get you in trouble.
Watch your Tongue.
Avoid cussing and blasphemous remarks against Islam. Many foreigners have been jailed for making an off-the-cuff comment.
Keep Style Sensible.
Dubai is a stylish cosmopolitan city but there has been a recent crackdown on women wearing tight, short, skimpy, or suggestive clothing.
Watch your Photography.
It is considered rude and intrusive to snap shots of people, especially women, without expressed permission.
Watch Your Wallet.
Dubai has a low crime rate and one tends to get complacent but petty crime does happen here, as everywhere.
Keep Your Gay Views on the Quiet.
Any sexual relations outside of a traditional marriage is considered a crime in Dubai.
Don’t Eat in Public During Ramadan.
Do not eat, drink or smoke in public while Muslims are fasting. Even chewing gum is disrespectful.
And number 12.
Don’t Use Your Left Hand!
The left hand is traditionally used for “body hygiene” in Muslim cultures, so don’t greet anyone with a left handed shake, open doors and above all, don’t hand somebody food, with your left hand.
Now you can enjoy your stay in one of the World’s most influential cities.