Top 5 Things Not to Do in Dubai
Dubai is fast becoming a major global city, a centre for tourism, commerce and culture. Its rise from small fishing village to glistening, mirrored city of skyscrapers, seven-star hotels and million-dollar supercars. Although Dubai is quickly growing in popularity, there is an invisible conflict going on in the city, not a political conflict, the like of which seen recently in less wealthy Arab countries, but a cultural struggle. The city is host to a struggle between tradition Eastern values and Western liberalism and consumerism.
This means that although Dubai is, on the surface, very much like any other large global city, it has its own unique set of rules and regulations that Westerners are not always aware of on their first visit. Here are five things to be aware of if you are taking luxury Dubai holidays
1. Shows of Public Affection
Public shows of affection are strictly prohibited in Dubai, this extends even to holding hands with a partner; certainly something to be aware of if you are planning on going to Dubai for a honeymoon. In 2008, a British couple were arrested for copulating on beach, a stern warning to lovebirds planning to canoodle in the Middle-East.
2. Drinking in the street
Drinking alcohol in public is also outlawed. Donâ€™t let this put you off if you plan on having a couple of drinks with dinner, alcohol in hotel restaurants and bars is fine since they are considered â€˜privateâ€™ establishments. If you are after a drinking holiday with a group of friends, Dubai may not be for you.
3. Displaying Bare Skin
Exposing any skin from the neck down is frowned upon in Middle-Eastern countries, however this rule applies more in some territories than others. In Dubai, the rules are relaxed slightly in an effort to be more tourist friendly. But this doesnâ€™t mean you should walk the streets in a bikini, or a mankini for that matter!
4. Rude Gestures or Aggressive Behaviour
In Dubai, it has been known for people to be arrested for making an obscene gesture such as â€˜two-fingeredâ€™ salute, or raising their voice in the street, especially at a policeman. Remain polite and courteous at all times, you never know whoâ€™ll take offence at what.
5. Possession of Drugs
Drug possession is serious crime in any country, but in Dubai, it can lead to imprisonment and even a death sentence. Bottom line â€“ donâ€™t carry drugs, no matter how well concealed you believe them to be.
Joe is a blogger working for a travel company that specialise in holidays to Vegas