Planning a vacation to Dubai? Chances are high you will probably experience nothing out of the ordinary as almost millions of people go on without any incidents. But there are certain things you need to be aware of before travelling to this conservative destination. Find out the top 6 things Not To Do In Dubai!
Be mindful of what you pack
Importing porn, pork and drugs can get you into serious trouble over there. In 2007, a Japanese engineer had to endure the indignity of being arrested at the Dubai airport for carrying over 700 pornographic DVDs in his luggage. Another incident worth looking into is the case of DJ Raymond Bingham. He was sentenced to four years in prison for having a few forgotten grams of cannabis in a pair of trousers. Even prescription drugs and painkillers have landed people in trouble.
Another essential thing to take care of is how you dress! Women are expected to dress modestly covering their arms and legs. In many public places like shopping malls, announcements are broadcasted, reminding every one of the dress code, which is strictly enforced. Swimwear is acceptable only on beaches and pools and topless sunbathing is strictly prohibited.
Don’t eat in public
It is forbidden to eat or drink in public during the daylight hours of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, regardless of whether or not you are Muslim. Though many tourists have had trouble with this rule, the rules are usually bent at hotels. During Ramadan, they will often screen off their restaurants so foreign guests can eat without being a bother to anyone.
According to the law in Dubai, it is illegal to have sex with someone whom you are not married to or even share a bed with them. Usually, hotels do not ask for any such proof, but the authorities do take this very seriously. Appallingly, a British woman was arrested in 2016 for having extramarital sex when she reported that a gang of men raped her.
Are you gay?
In Dubai, homosexuality is illegal. But, the authorities are not usually in the job of going around in search of gay tourists to arrest. Campaign group detained in Dubai says there is a “vibrant underground gay scene in Dubai”, but it advises discretion. “Although one should never have to hide who they are, it’s the only way to travel safely in the UAE if you are a gay,” it says.
The set of guidelines published by the government declares that kissing and holding hands in public and many other activities like playing loud music are inappropriate behaviors. In 2005, a British couple received a one-month jail sentence for kissing in a restaurant after a local woman complained.
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