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Q. Should I Take any Health precautions before travelling to the UAE?

A. There are no major health concerns or specific vaccinations required for visitors to Dubai.

Q. What are the allowances given by Duty Free?

A. The allowances given by Duty Free is as follows:

  • Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3,000.
  • The Number of cigarettes should not exceed (400) cigarettes, (50) cigars, (500) grams of tobacco (minced or pressed for pipes), minced or pressed tobacco for smoking, tobacco or mild-tasting tobacco. Exceeding the above will be dutiable.
  • The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent).

Q. What Climate should I expect in the UAE?

A. UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny, blue skies can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is infrequent and irregular, falling mainly in winter. Temperatures range from a low of about 10.5°C/50°F to a high of 48°C/118°F. The mean daily maximum is 24°C/75.2°F in January rising to 41°C/105.8°F in July.

Q. What should I know about the Holy Month of Ramadan?

A. During the holy month of Ramadan (the exact dates move forward by approximately 11 days each year) Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. For visitors there are also some restrictions to follow: they are requested not to eat, drink or smoke in public places during this time.

Most restaurants are closed during the day. Hotels still have some reserved area where in-house guests can have their meals served, but no alcohol is served during the day. In general the sale of alcohol is prohibited during Ramadan, however alcohol is served in Dubai only after the sunset.

The other restriction is that no life entertainment will be allowed, therefore no belly dance show nor bands performances can be organized for functions.

Despite these restrictions there are certain advantages in visiting Dubai during this time. You may be able to obtain discount rates on some hotels and once the daily fast is broken (after sunset by the Iftar meal) the streets are a hive of activity which lends a carnival atmosphere to the city.

Q. Is there any special clothing I should wear?

A. In all public places such as streets, shopping malls and restaurants, shorts and skirts should be of appropriate length. This means that knees and shoulders should be covered. Clothing should not indecently expose parts of the body, be transparent, or display obscene or offensive pictures and slogans. If you are deemed to be inappropriately dressed in a shopping mall you may be served with a notice by security staff and politely, but firmly, requested to leave the mall.

Men and women should wear conservative swimwear that is acceptable to Dubai’s culture when at the beach. Swimwear should not be worn away from the beach, the wearing of decent dress is the rule in the rest of the city. Nudity is strictly forbidden in every part of the city and is liable to be punished by imprisonment or deportation. It is not acceptable for men to walk around public areas without a shirt.

Q. Are there any crimes I should be aware of?

A. Dubai has a very low crime rate which is a significant factor for many expat residents when deciding to relocate here. The police are helpful and generally friendly if you stay on the right side of the law. When on holiday though many people tend to relax a little more and some will drink more than they would do normally, so it may be beneficial to read the following pointers.

- As in most countries, it is a criminal offence to be drunk in a public place.

- There is a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving. If you are caught with the slightest amount of alcohol in your blood you will go to prison. Take a taxi, they are cheap and plentiful

- If you are caught in possession of drugs in the slightest bit you could be sent to prison for anything from four to seven years and then deported. Anyone caught importing drugs into the country are potentially looking at a life sentence

Q. Is photography allowed everywhere?

A. Normal tourist photography is acceptable but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. In general, photographs of government buildings or military installations should not be taken.

Q. Is Alcohol permitted?

A. Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs, restaurants and bars. However, restaurants outside of a hotels are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is also not allowed to be consumed in public areas such as shopping malls, Streets, etc.

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