Dubai is renowned for its tourism industry, but it is also an educational hub where students from around the world come to study at world-class universities. However, the abundance of international cuisine and strong nightlife can often lead to problems: alcohol, gambling, and women are the most common vices that can cause you problems in this city.
Dubai is a hub for tourist attractions, shopping malls, and luxury hotels. Still, as the country of the UAE grows and diversifies, it has become a place of opportunity for the adventurous, fun-seeking traveler. More than 400,000 people are working in the UAE, and the country shares a large border with Oman. For all its modern-day sophistication, Dubai’s serene Arabian desert landscape is just as beautiful. We will share with you 10 of the things NOT to do while in Dubai.
- Never use your left hand in greeting someone
As a traveler, do we really need to tell you not to use your left hand to greet someone? You’ll probably get a few odd looks if you do, but if you’re like me, it will be an easy step to avoid a disaster.
- Do not dress inappropriately
In Dubai, there are many cultures, and people come from many backgrounds. They all have different ideas of what is appropriate and what is not. While some of these ideas may be harmless (such as not wearing shorts in public), there are also some things you simply should not do.
- Do not take photos that have no permission
Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world, and for a good reason. There is something for everyone, and the city offers all kinds of opportunities for fun and adventure. However, just because Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world doesn’t mean that people should be doing whatever they want without a care in the world.
- Do not indulge in PDA
There are plenty of things to do in Dubai, but if you have to choose between a camel ride in the desert or holding hands with your significant other in the desert, the choice is obvious. However, plenty of other things to do in Dubai are much more fun and more productive and will make you far less likely to indulge in over-the-top PDA (Public Display of Affection).
- Do not Bring Medicine
Do you plan to experience Dubai, or any other fantasy destination for that matter, while suffering from a painful medical condition? Then you should not bring medication with you. No, not Oxycontin, not painkillers, or sleeping pills. You should not bring the “medicine” with you. It does not belong in a place where you are traveling to experience the beauty of the place, where you want to enjoy the culture, and where you want to relax.
- Do not Eat -in public during Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, and it starts on the evening of the 29th of June. During this month, Muslims are supposed to fast from sunrise to sunset to achieve peace and harmony in their lives.
- Don’t bring prohibited items
Don’t bring prohibited items onto a Dubai airport’s premises. And you’ll still be searched. The same goes for passengers passing through Dubai’s airports. Not only that, you’ll be questioned.
- Don’t make any rude hand gestures
Dubai has become a popular destination for those looking for adventure and luxury, but there are certain things that are not advised while here. Among them is making rude hand gestures. While this may be funny to some people, please let’s not make the poor security staff uncomfortable.
- Don’t stay in a home or hotel if you are not married
Contrary to what you may believe, Dubai can be a paradise for single travelers. Yes, there are some people you should avoid, such as people who show up at your hotel room unannounced, but there are also plenty of people you should avoid. You should think twice before sharing a home with an inconsiderate air hostess, or staying in a hotel room alone, even if you are married.
- Don’t drink in public
Dubai is one of those places where you cannot just do as you, please. Most of the time, you’ll need to be dressed in a way that fits in with local conventions. If you don’t, you could end up being the centre of attention, at least temporarily.