- Keep a list of UAE emergency phone numbers always with you.
- Change your money only from authorized moneychangers or banks in Dubai. As there are no currency restrictions in the UAE, all major world currencies can be exchanged.
- Always drink bottled water that is easily and cheaply available everywhere in the UAE. Tap water is desalinated and safe for drinking, but drinking bottled mineral water is recommended.
- Taking of photographs can be sensitive, especially taking photographs of people; ask permission and avoid secure areas (airport, military camps, official buildings etc).
- Dress in a modest way, covering at least the tops of arms and legs, and not tight clothes. Although, in practice, anything goes, it’s best to respect the culture of the land that you are visiting. Don’t behave in a manner that might insult Muslim customs or beliefs.
- ID – Do carry some sort of ID with you, with a photo on it – if you get into a spot of bother, it will probably help you if you are upfront about who you are. Paperwork moves quicker
- Make sure you are fully covered for medical treatment.
- Make sure you are covered for unexpected losses or expenses such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, lost passport, stolen cash, or …
- Make sure you do keep a copy of all your important documents in a separate place and perhaps online.
- Sexual relationships outside of marriage are illegal. You shouldn’t really kiss in public, especially if you are not married. Holding hands is tolerated, but don’t during Ramadan.
- Alcohol consumption is allowed only by non-Muslims in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs, and private venues and at home (for residents who have acquired an alcohol license).
- About drinking and driving, always use taxis if you are drinking.
- Smoking is forbidden in government areas, offices and shopping malls.
- Don’t overstay your visa period, as you will be charged per day.
- Women should never sunbathe topless, even in private hotels, it is illegal.
During the holy month of Ramadan:
- Don’t eat, drink or smoke in public before sunset. This includes consuming anything in your car or taxi.
- Don’t show public displays of affection
- Don’t wear revealing clothes
- Be conscious of the volume of your TV or music during prayer hours.