Top 10 Things you DON’T DO in Dubai – You will be ARRESTED!

Now guys we’ve all sinned in the new sand read reports about tourists that got arrested for fairly innocuous things unfortunately they’re all true so here’s ten things that you definitely don’t do when you’re here in Dubai the UAE or anywhere in the Middle East

1 substances drink and drugs is generally not tolerated yes there’s plenty of alcohol here in the Middle East even though it’s Muslim country and they generally aren’t supposed to drink it you won’t find any problem finding it in a supermarket in a bar or a hotel but keep it in a bar or a hotel because quite frankly if you are caught with alcohol in the middle of the street or if you’re drunk in public this can get you arrested and fined what’s less tolerable than alcohol is drugs if they find drugs on you if they find drugs stuck to you if they even suspect that you’re doing some kind of drugs this is a surefire way of landing it in prison if you are into drugs don’t bother doing them here and if you do enjoy drink make sure you enjoy it in licensed bar and enjoy it sensibly what about tobacco well generally tobacco is allowed but only in designated areas there are specific signs that will point you out to these designated areas where you could smoke failure to contain yourself within these areas will obviously land you a fine

2. don’t eat and drink during Ramadan currently I’m herein Dubai and is Ramadan this means that you can’t eat or drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset here in Dubai now I know what you’re going to be thinking that means I’m gonna starve to death that means you’ve got a die of thirst well not necessarily yes it’s true that some restaurants close up completely there’s nothing you can do about that but the ones that stay open will blackout their windows pop like curtains up and put up signs say that they are open to non-muslims and children so you could still go in and consume food and beverage but you can’t leave the premises with it so it’s better than nothing I guess what’s even more inconvenient is if you do this in a shopping mall there are food outlets that will serve you the food but they’ll put it in a plastic bag and they’ll tell you to consume it in the food court now these shopping malls are palatial and you might be walking 500 meters or more just to reach the nearest food court to take a sip of water so even though it’s inconvenient it’s not the end of the world remember you’re in a foreign country with a following religion and you have to be respectful of the local wars religions and customs

3. don’t stay in a hotel room with somebody that you’re not married to or closely related to if you’re a young couple and you want to come to Dubai and you want to sleep in the same room together bear in mind that this is actually illegal and they will check at reception there are ways of get in around this

4. where fake wedding rings green photos of you photoshopped in wedding dresses and suits etc and just argue that eating does not have time to change your names etc that’s usually enough to kind of alleviate any suspicion from the hotel staff but this is a law that they enforce strictly so if you do find yourself foul of this law you could be facing a quite a lengthy prison sentence whilst we’re on the subject of spouses public displays of affection are not tolerated so in the West we’re happy to hug each other kiss each other or grope each other I guess in the middle of the street this is not tolerated here in Dubai or the Middle East this can get you arrested in the worst-case scenario but more often than not this gets you a tongue lashing from the locals and people who get offended by that

5. dress code you’ve got to dress modestly when you’re here in Dubai now I know it’s hot it’s always hot it’s a desert country but you still have to cover up skin so four men short-sleeved shirts and shorts that go over the knees and for women something that covers and shoulders and a long flowing dress that hides the legs if you stick to that you generally won’t suffer here and yes there are tourists that walk around generally half-naked and yes people don’t bat an eyelid and sometimes they get away with it but do you want to take that chance they enforce this rule strictly in places like mosques and government buildings they won’t let you near the place if you’re dress edin appropriately so better in mind when you’re packing your suitcase

6. don’t use obscenities or hand gestures swearing can get you arrested and fined so people understand English they know all the English swear words if they hear you saying it they will Do by win or at least give you a good telling off aggressive hand gestures are also not tolerated so even doing something like this is an insult doing this is an insult and obviously that and that will get you arrested so if in doubt don’t use any hand gestures at all

7 don’t take people’s photos without their consent so obviously there’s a lot of cool things to photograph it in Dubai but you’ve got to watch out because if you take your photograph of someone and they don’t give consent this could land you it’s some serious trouble especially if you take pictures of women children or Emiratis they hate that and if you are caught taking photos and they’ve not agreed to it you’re going to land yourself in jail that’s not a joke in general you can go around and take as many pictures as you like with your cell phone so long as it’s for personal use if you’re a professional like me and you’re wielding around a giant DSLR security will shut you down pretty much immediately and ask you if you have permission or a permit slip most of which I don’t have and they’re very protective about their property and professional photographers generally have to pay to take commercial snaps so if you are wielding a professional looking DSLR don’t be surprised if secured to your police come and ask you the permits if they do tell you to leave Paki camera away and leave without question don’t argue arguing with them is a surefire way of getting yourself into some serious trouble

8. don’t act like a complete tourist but need I’m on holiday I should be able to enjoy myself yeah you should be able to enjoy yourself and so long as you’re respectful of the local laws and traditions you can enjoy yourself what’s not tolerated is if you act like a complete tourist if you’re loud aggressive you dance in the street if you’re being a general nuisance people are going to notice you will stand out like a sore thumb and it won’t be too long before security take notice and decide to find you all you can call the police so better in mind that the more loutish your behavior the more you stand out the more likely you going to be caught doing something

9. don’t post on social media wait what social media yes social media can get you into some serious trouble the rules of thumb are don’t criticize the government don’t criticize the royal family don’t criticize the country and don’t criticize the religion of Islam we’ve all heard of the guy that got arrested for posting on Facebook here in Dubai and this happens quite a lot Dubai cyber security is second to none so if you have criticized them at some point they will find you they will arrest you and they will throw you into jail and the same goes for if you’ve been distributing or downloading porn they don’t tolerate that either so if you are thinking about doing anything like that love of God don’t

10. pay your bills it seems rudimentary pay your bills right if there’s a dispute between you and a restaurateur or you and a taxi cab driver and they believe that you owe more money than you think you do ask politely if there has been some kind of mistake but if they insist that they are in the right and you were in the wrong even though you know your rights for the love of God just pay the money I know that goes against our Western Way of thinking what’s not paying your bills is a serious crime here so if they do dispute that you’ve not paid anything they can literally call the police the police will come and who are they gonna believe the local or the tourists of course they’re gonna believe the local and you’re going to line yourself in some serious hot water if you’re in the dispute just pay the money it’s not worth your freedom and bonus tip don’t steal if you’re not sure whether to take something that you might think is free always ask because stealing is a capital crime here they really don’t tolerate stealers here so if you are thinking about shoplifting don’t because the penalties are actually really severe Dubai is relatively crime free because they enforce their laws strictly and without mercy so bear this in mind before you actually come here if you’re respectful of the local laws customs and traditions you’ll have an amazing time here I’ve done stuff I’ve never done in my life during my ten days here in Dubai and I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time so long as you don’t do those ten or eleven aforementioned things

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