The most expensive cities in the world are filled with things to do and see.
But before you travel somewhere, it’s important to learn about its culture and laws. Dubai has some must-see experiences such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountains and desert explorations. There are things you can’t do in Dubai which are allowed in your own country. Let’s take a look at the things you should know about before your visit.
Dubai Laws and Rules
The laws start before you enter the country. Consider your luggage content carefully. Prescription drugs and painkillers can land travelers in trouble, so declare if you’re carrying any of these. You could get arrested for importing things such as porn, pork, or even poppy seeds.
Everyone needs to dress appropriately in public. Women should dress modestly with their legs and arms fully covered. This is heavily enforced, and shopping malls will broadcast this dress code as a reminder. Swimwear is only acceptable at hotel pools and on beaches, but topless sunbathing is forbidden. Men should be careful too, as in 2008, police arrested 40 cross-dressing tourists.
Don’t drink or eat in public during daytime in the month of Ramadan, regardless of your religion. Even slurping on juice outdoors can land you a hefty fine. Hotels sometimes bend the rules, but will make public announcements to inform visitors. For example, they’ll screen off the restaurant so to not offend anyone.
Be careful of who you tell you’re homosexual too, because homosexual sex is illegal. There is a vibrant underground gay scene in Dubai, though it’s discrete as to not offend anyone. You should never hide who you are, but for your own safety, be careful of who you tell.
Regardless of your sexuality, PDA isn't allowed. In 2005, a British couple spent a month in jail for kissing in a restaurant after a local woman complained. Showing “inappropriate behaviour”, even just stroking someone’s arm, can land you in jail
Why Visit Dubai?
Many people don't want to visit Dubai because of their different culture. But, if you follow the above advise and respect their religion, you won’t encounter any problems. The city isn’t afraid of ambition and sprouted from a desert over the last 20 years.
Our favourite reason to visit Dubai is the amazing skyline views. Visit Burj Khalifa to gain amazing panoramic views of the city. Dubai is home to some of the tallest buildings and hotels in the world, so head to the top for amazing views.
Our second favourite reason is Dubai’s access to sea, sun and sand. There are over 300 days of sunshine per year and over 1,000km of coastline, so you’re never to far away for a tan.
The Dubai Mall is the biggest mall in the world and offers high-end brands on every corner. Fashion lovers will adore the retail therapy and month-long shopping festivals.
It’s not a secret that Dubai has some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. They have a fleet of 7-star hotels, and the Burj Al Arab has become an iconic symbol of Dubai. It has its own private helipad and connects to the mainland via its private bridge.
Have You Visited Dubai?
We’d love to hear your side of the story and things to do in Dubai. Have you seen some amazing places you’d like to share with the world? Share your experience in the comments to continue this conversation.