Although the UAE is a modren country, it has some rules and guidlines that people should go by. These rules were made based on the UAE’s religion, traditions, culture, and ettiquete. Dont break these rules, and you’ll prevent yourself from getting into awkward situations in public, which will make your visit pleasurable.

Do’s and Don’ts in the UAE:


  • Take photographs of the UAE’s attractions and photos of your family.
  • Wear bikins and swimwear at beaches and pools but not in the streets and malls.
  • Keep your money, passport, and important documents safe at all times.
  • Drive if you have an international driving license.
  • Locate the embassy of your country and information about it for emergencies.
  • Respect the ladies’ section, including toilets.
  • Respect islam, the ruling family, and the traditions.
  • Face the person talking to you.
  • Use your right hand to greet someone, take, give, or accept something.
  • Enjoy tourist facilities and have a great time.




  • Take photos of strangers or official buildings.
  • Drink alcohol unless you’re at a club or if you have a license.
  • Take in drugs because they are strictly forbidden.
  • Swim topless if you are a woman(bikinis are allowed)
  • Wear short shorts, dresses, skirts, or any type of clothing that reveals much cleavage.
  • Kiss, hug or hold someone’s hand(the reader should be able to differenciate between innocent and sexual behavior.
  • (Ex: you can hug or kiss your kids or other people when greeting them, however, you cannot kiss your wife in sexual ways)
  • Sit on someone’s lap (children are an exception).
  • Stare at people or point the sole of your shoe to someone’s face for they are considered rude.
  • Touch a Qur’an if you are not Muslim.
  • Joke around and shove your companions (friends, family) in public places.
  • Employ any worker on someone else’s visa, or no visa at all. You could be fined.
  • Litter since it is strictly forbidden in all 7 emirates.
  • Cross the street at undesignated areas.
  • Ask a lady for directions or instruction if she is accompanied by her husband (ask her husband instead).

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