With the increased globalization, the UAE culture is becoming a cosmopolitan culture as the city of Dubai is a melting pot of vivid nationalities. Mainly, the culture of Dubai is based on traditional Emirati culture. You will find a huge influence of the Islam culture and Arabian culture on the music, architecture, attire, lifestyle and in the local cuisines. The entrepreneurial sector of Dubai has high standard of living which lead to the gradual evolvement of an opulence, luxury, lavishness with a hint of extravagance.
However, hospitality and courtesy are the most highly prioritized aspects. You can be charmed by the friendliness and warmth of the people. Do not get surprised if you are invited by an Emirati family whom you know very little as they are humble, welcoming and friendly. There are many tourist attractions in Dubai that attract millions of people every year to visit the place. You will find many things to explore in Dubai.
Unlike other countries Dubai has some laws and regulations which you may find normal in your country. Every country has its own culture and you need to keep it in mind that the practices, traditions, culture, rituals which might not be familiar in Dubai.
If you have planned your Dubai tour, then you should be aware of certain things that are prohibited in Dubai. Dubai City has some unusual laws, which tourists are unaware of it and they may get arrested. It is certainly a better idea to gain a detailed insight into the customs and culture of Dubai before visiting the dynamic city.
Well, to start off, here is the list of 13 normal things that you can’t do in Dubai unless you want a mess or trouble during your journey.
1. Doing drugs in Public:
Doing drugs in public is not acceptable in Dubai. It is a big risk of doing recreational drugs as it may lead to serious consequences if you get caught by Dubai Police while you are doing Drug in public. Selling and importation of drugs in Dubai is strictly forbidden. Four years prison sentence is a minimum punishment. However, in the worst-case scenario, people have convicted death penalty.
2. Posting anything against UAE in social media:
Social media has been much prominent these days. You can post anything you want but be hurting other’s sentiments and culture is not justified. There are many restrictions in UAE. For instance, you cannot post any kind of religious content against Islam or any political views. You must know that you cannot use WhatsApp call whenever you will be staying in Dubai.
3. Disrespecting the culture and religion:
It is quite obvious that whenever you are visiting another country, you should be respectful of their culture, foods, behavior, and religion. If you are a tourist or you belong to the expats, you should respect the Emirati Culture. For instance, if you are sharing a meal with your host, then at first eat the food, then you should proceed to the business. You should stand up when new guest come to your place especially higher-ranking people or older people. Apart from that, men are expected to stand to welcome women, whenever they enter a room. You can’t greet any women by shaking hands. Any violation or disrespect towards the culture may lead to jail. If you are from Europe or North America, you will find a lot of difference in the culture and following that is the safest option.
4. Alcohol consumption in non-licensed place or public place
Drinking alcohol in non-licensed place or in a public area in Dubai is a big NO. If you are caught drunk outside, then the cops may arrest you and put you in jail. As long as you are drinking in hotels, pubs or restaurants which are licensed, you are safe.
5. Public Displays of Affection
Getting physically involved in public areas are not accepted in Dubai. PDA is strictly frowned upon. People of Dubai consider it as rude activity in public. You should be very careful whenever you are showing your affection to your closed ones like kissing, hugging, etc. in public areas of Dubai.
6. Photography without consent
You can take photographs anywhere in Dubai, but you must be wary about your clicks and theme of photography. As an amateur photographer, you should selectively take photographs in the city. You can’t take anyone’s picture without his or her permission. Do not forget to check the surroundings where there is a restriction in taking photographs.
7. Harassing women
Towards women, laws in Dubai are a little bit strict than any other country. You might think that you are talking casually, but it can lead to harassment. Be cautious and mindful about the space and behavior of the woman you are talking with. You should talk polite with a woman. In Dubai, you cannot speak with unknown woman just like that. If you want to use hand gesture, then use the whole hand. Any obscene in your gesture may lead you to lifetime imprisonment.
8. Protesting in Public
You cannot gather large gatherings or protest in public in Dubai. It is illegal in conducting a gathering who aims at showing outrages and any kind of dissatisfaction.
9. Dressing Style:
As you know about the dress code of the women in Dubai, hence you cannot wear a bikini everywhere unless you are at the beach or at a pool party. You have to wear sensible clothes by avoiding the extra display of your body parts. Dubai is a traditional place and you need to be careful being too trendy and over the top fashion.
10. Mind your language:
Sometimes casually you are speaking vulgar and popular chodes with your friends or any people in Dubai in public. It may be offended for you. You have no other choice except being polite. We would like to inform you that speaking vulgar in public may lead to fines and some sort of punishment. Speaking against Islam is a big no in Dubai.
11. Eating in public places during Ramadan:
In Ramadan, people are fasting for the whole day. Munching and puffing away on the streets and other public places is considered disrespectful. However, you can eat in restaurants, pubs, hotels, etc. Ramadan is the holy month of the Islam and during Ramadan, you can only eat and drink in places where the foods and drinks are available.
12. Public dancing and singing:
Well, in many countries, it is common in singing and dancing in public places. However, you will be definitely amazed to know that these acts are extremely intolerable in Dubai. Playing loud music in public places is a punishable offense in Dubai.
13. Usage of left hand:
In Dubai, using the left hand is a sign of disrespectful act. Though your hand is properly washed and sanitized, your left hand is still considered untidy and hence you cannot eat or use the left hand for any purpose. So, lefties! Beware.
Are you new in the city or planning for a Dubai Tour? Well, Go ahead. Despite the above restrictions, there are a lot of things to see in Dubai. Tourists from different parts of the world are coming to visit the dream city of Dubai. Some tourists are adventure freak, some are thrill lover and some are going for absolute retreat. Dubai City has attractions serving all kinds of visitors. Enjoy your Dubai holidays to your fullest while respecting the Emirati culture. There are a lot more things to explore in Dubai. For more updates, check our newsletter.