In order to ensure a memorable and delightful holiday experience in Dubai, you need to avoid certain actions. You always have to keep in mind that you are no longer in your own country, and need to respect and stick to the laws of the country you are in.
Here is a list of things that you must avoid to make your trip an enjoyable one.
It is strictly prohibited for any person to drive a vehicle under the influence of a narcotic or alcoholic substance. In Dubai, there is zero tolerance for drunk driving, and if you are caught performing such an act, you will be in huge trouble. You can get a three year imprisonment and have your licences confiscated for one year. You can also face a huge fine of 30,000 dirhams. It should be noted that it is not important whether you are able to control the vehicle or not, the restriction is based on the principles of traffic safety.
It is mostly the foreigners who drink in Dubai because Dubai has some serious laws concerning public drunkenness. If you want to drink while being in Dubai, you have to opt for a personal liquor licence. It is illegal to purchase alcohol and drink alcohol in your home without a liquor license. If you are caught on the streets stumbling, you are going to jail.
Speed limits are clearly signposted on all roads, so driving like a maniac in Dubai will cause you a lot of trouble. Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by at least 60 kph can be fined up to 2,000 dirhams. The vehicle will also be seized for two months. In addition to this, staying in fast lanes or blocking cars which are trying to pass should also be avoided. Just drive steadily, stay calm and enjoy.
Again based on the principles of traffic safety, it is highly punishable to use your mobile phone while you are behind the wheels. The right way to use the phone while driving is to park your car on the side of the road — not while driving.
If you are driving, then you must know that the pedestrians have a zebra crossing or the pedestrian bridges to cross the streets. So you have to make sure that you give them the due time and deference while they are crossing the street in front of your car. On the other side of the equation, if you are walking around in Dubai, you have to keep in mind that jaywalking is a crime that is taken seriously. If you cross the road from an inappropriate area, the offence will attract a fine of 200 dirhams.
Before you get any medications to Dubai, you have to make sure that these are not among those medications which are banned here. Check the banned substances list from the local consulate or your embassy to enjoy peace of mind. In addition to this, you must have as much documentation as possible. Not only should you have a prescription to cover each medicine, the doctor should explain in a letter what the purpose of each drug is.
Your dress should be a conservative one because the people of Dubai follow the islamic culture as far dressing is concerned. In public places such as shopping malls, restaurants and parks, you are encouraged to dress appropriately. Clothing should not be transparent, indecently expose parts of the body or display offensive pictures or slogans. Be aware that if you enter one of these areas dressed inappropriately you may be asked to leave
Using vulgar language is totally prohibited in Dubai. Swearing, profanities and all kinds of foul talk is legally reprehensible in case of complaint. In addition to this, all kinds of aggressive and offensive gestures are considered a public offence and are subject to fines and imprisonments.
Whether you are in Dubai or any other place in the world, you have to adapt to the local culture. Even if your feelings are not very good towards the muslims, you have to show great respect for the local culture. Islamic religious values are greatly respected in the UAE. Showing any disrespect towards religious beliefs or practices is considered deeply offensive and very likely to result in a heavy fine and/or imprisonment.