Dubai holidays: What is perfectly acceptable in the UK may well be frowned upon in the UAE
Dubai and the rest of the UAE attract around 1.5 million British nationals every year. The destination is particularly popular at this time of year thanks to its weather. Dubai offers plenty of sunshine and high temperatures, unlike the UK in the winter.
The weather is not the only way the UAE differs from the UK, however.
Dubai has many different local laws and customs to our country.
What is perfectly acceptable in the UK may well be frowned upon in the UAE.
In fact, certain innocuous deeds in the UK can even be illegal in Dubai and come with serious punishments.
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Dubai holidays: One act banned in Dubai and the UAE is eating and drinking on public transport
In short, it’s key to be aware of the lay of the land before travelling to Dubai.
By acquainting yourself with local laws and customs and following the latest travel advice you can avoid getting into trouble.
One act that is banned in Dubai and the UAE is eating and drinking on public transport.
The rule also applies to public transport stations, from metros and buses to pedestrian crossings.
If you are caught tucking into a snack of sipping on a drink you could be fined.
According to travel website The Culture Trip, the fine could amount to 100 dirhams (£21).
Chewing gum is also strictly prohibited, according to local paper Khaleej Times.
Meanwhile, anyone who attempts to use the metro system without a valid ticket will be fined AED200 (£42).
Dubai holidays: The fine for eating on transport could amount to 100 dirhams (£21)
Penalties will rise to AED500 for offences such as destroying, damaging or tampering with devices, equipment or seats of public transport facilities and services, reported Arabian Business.
Another simple act that could catch British tourists to Dubai out is swearing.
Swearing and making rude gestures are considered “obscene” in Dubai and the rest of the UAE and could land tourists in big trouble.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states: “Swearing and making rude gestures (including online) are considered obscene acts and offenders can be jailed or deported.
“Take particular care when dealing with the police and other officials.”
Swearing comes under the “offensive behaviour” category on the FCO’s advice page online.
It’s not only verbal expletives that will land you in hot water, though.
Using swear words in WhatsApp messages, or on any social media or messaging platform breaches UAE’s cyberlaws.
This includes sending emojis depicting indecent gestures.
According to Culture Trip, you can face a fine of up to 250,000 dirhams (£52,528), a prison sentence or deportation.