Dos and Don’ts for a Hassle-Free Dubai Stay


Dubai is one of the world’s most amazing and modern cities, with architectural marvels that have set the tone for future buildings. Its amazing structures and lifestyle make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are so many things you can see, and so many activities that you can do in Dubai. Also, it is a city that comprises of expats from all over the world. Therefore, it has become a melting pot of various cultures. However, Dubai is a part of United Arab Emirates, which is a strict Islamic country. There are a certain rules and regulations one must follow to stay out of trouble.

If you are planning a trip to Dubai, you must follow these do’s and don’ts so you can have a hassle-free vacation, and be able to enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer.

Here are Dos And Donts For Dubai


  1. Show Appropriate Respect – U.A.E. is an Islamic nation, so you should show respect towards Islam and their traditions, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, as it is the time for fasting and prayer. Also, show due respect to the royal family. The royal family members and even the king can be spotted moving about the city without any security.
  2. Use Your Right Hand – In Islam, the right hand is considered to be more honourable and noble. Therefore, make use of your right hand to greet, eat, drink, take something and give something. The sanctity of the right hand is actually a part of many cultures.
  3. Keep your Documents Safe – Though Dubai is a safe city, and thefts and robberies are almost non-existent, it is still better to keep your important documents like, passport, identity cards, air tickets, visa, and currency safe. Also, know the address of your country’s embassy just in case.
  4. Take Pictures Where Allowed – The skyline of Dubai is dotted with the most amazing structures. Therefore, feel free to take pictures of such building and attractions.


  1. Drink Alcohol in Public – Dubai is still quite strict when it comes to alcohol. Though, there are many private places like hotels, and resorts, that have licenses and permission for alcohol, it is still illegal to get intoxicated in public. It will result in jail time, so hand’s off the drinks.
  2. Drug Use – U.A.E. has some of the strictest laws in the world regarding drugs. Being caught with drugs can result in jail time and death sentences. Yes, death sentences. Drugs are considered to be one of the worst possible sins in Islam.
  3. Inappropriate Clothing – Though Dubai is an international city, tourists are expected to wear appropriate clothing in the required places. Women cannot wear tight, short, revealing clothes in public. Bikinis, however, are allowed at the beaches and swimming pools. Men are also not supposed to wear shorts.
  4. Public Display of Affection – Kissing, holding hands, hugging, etc. is considered a big no-no in Dubai. Kissing and hugging your children is fine. But you are expected to behave in a certain manner with your spouse.
  5. Photography is Forbidden Places – You are not allowed to take pictures insides mosques. In fact, non-Muslims are not even allowed in most mosques. Also, there are a certain official buildings whose pictures are forbidden. Another important thing is don’t take pictures of people without their permission. This is considered extremely rude.
  6. Littering – Do not litter. This is a strict rule in all seven emirates. Therefore, be careful not to throw anything on the ground. There are sufficient trash cans everywhere.
  7. Walk in the Open During the Day – Dubai is hot. Temperatures easily cross 50 degrees centigrade on a hot day. Therefore, try and stay indoors during the day. Almost all buildings in Dubai are air-conditioned, so better stay indoors.
  8. Touch the Quran – If you are a Non-Muslim, you are not supposed to touch the Quran.

If you follow the rules and regulation, Dubai is wonderful place to vacation. There are many marvellous places that you can enjoy with your friends and family, or even alone. Dubai is one of the most visited places in the world, and is a must-visit for people to love to see adventurous and luxurious destinations.

About Neha Singh

Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

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