Tips for your upcoming trip
It’s always a good tip to plan and do some research prior to travelling.
Avoid taking photographs of women as it is considered intrusive and rude. Photographing military installations, government buildings and private premises is strictly prohibited.
As a sign of respect for local customs and traditions, a modest dress code is strongly advised. Wearing revealing clothing in public places should be avoided at all times. Swimwear is acceptable only at hotel pools, resorts and beaches. Before leaving those areas, change into causal wear. it is greatly appreciated if visitors show respect for the local people by dressing appropriately for the situation.
Alcohol is only available at licensed venues such as hotel restaurants and bars. It is illegal to drink or be drunk in public outside of those venues. There are liquor outlets in Dubai, but to buy from them you need to have a liquor license.
Staying Safe While Traveling
Dubai has low crime rates, including rates of theft and violent crimes. The emirate is also a welcoming and friendly place for tourists from all areas of the globe.
If you visit during the holy month of Ramadan celebrated during the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, respect the Muslims and their practice of fasting. This means you can’t eat, drink or smoke in public and in front of them between sunrise and sunset.
Tipping isn’t really expected in Dubai, but it’s a common practice. Most restaurants will add a tip to your bill. Taxi drivers don’t expect to receive a tip, but luggage carriers at the airport are normally given a small tip for their services.
Know before you go
- Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.