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Different countries have different customs and traditions. Things that are appropriate in your countries may not be for other countries and may be considered illegal. Therefore, we must always bone up on the rules and laws of any place before visiting it.
Dubai is one of the most comfortable places, located on the Persian Gulf. However, certain things should not be done in Dubai. Here's the compilation of such things.
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When it comes to boozing in public places in Dubai, you are supposed to follow and respect the rules; else you'll be in trouble. However, foreign residents can consume alcohol at home if they have a license. Tourists can do it at licensed hotels, but don't overdo it. And don't ever think of drink and drive, else the consequences may be very severe.
Dubai has stringent rules towards possession, use and selling of illegitimate and toxic substances. Therefore, say 'NO TO DRUGS' in Dubai. Some travellers have been kept behind the bars for carrying codeine-based painkillers in their kit.
If you have a strong urge to dance on the streets of Dubai, keep your desires under control. Dubai has zero tolerance towards people playing loud music on the streets.
Many travellers want to capture the pictures of people wearing their national attire. However, you need to be very respectful towards their customs and traditions. It is considered to be pushy and disrespectful, if you capture their pictures without their consent, especially of women.
Well, people in Dubai are not so cool about PDA as they consider it to be indecent. Once, a British couple was kept behind the bars for having sex on the beach. Even the casual peck on cheek are not entertained. To stay on a safe side, refrain from all sorts of PDA.
Avoid using abusive and vulgar language in Dubai. A tourist was charged for using a word f***. And don't ever dare to speak anything against Islam. Keep your opinions and insights within yourself; freedom of speech is not a universal right!
This rule not only applies to the girls who wish to go topless but even for men who want to flaunt their six packs; they must be properly dressed up, even on the jogging tracks.
Don't flash a lot of curves and skin; else you'll be fined. However, Dubai has got all the latest fashion trends, but there have been some restrictions on women on wearing short and skimpy clothes.
Though Dubai has got relatively low crime rates, some opportunistic crimes do take place here. It's better to be alert that to be sorry.
Many countries are becoming open to LGBT lifestyle; UAE is still not able to accept this culture. Any homosexual relations are considered crime in Dubai. Even the cross-dressing is considered illegal, in Dubai.
People regardless of their religion are not allowed to munch, slurp or puff away in streets during the holy month of Ramadan. Even chewing of gum is considered disrespectful. Do not even smoke or drink at public places. However, you can eat at the eateries and inside your home. Pregnant ladies and children are exempted from this rule.
It is said that people in Dubai don't use left hands to eat, open doors and shake hands as they consider it to be unclean (even if it is washed). Therefore, avoid using left hand in Dubai.