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5 things you should know before travelling to Dubai

Whenever I get asked about Dubai (as many Brits only know Dubai through unreliable tabloid headlines) I always get asked about the truth behind the deportation nightmares and jail time. Let me tell you, Dubai has actually got the most relaxed social codes in the conservative Gulf however authorities will enforce strict decency laws and crack down on people accused of pushing the limits so don’t be one of them! Here are the top 5 things you should know before you go:

1) Dress appropriately

Girls you don’t need to be covered from head to toe, just be mindful of what you wear out in public. As a general rule, women should have their legs and shoulders covered, it is a Muslim country after all. If you’re heading out for the night and are a little dressier, take a scarf or a pashmina with you for a quick modesty check if required. Plus air conditioning in bars and restaurants can make you a little chilly in the evening so you’ll be grateful you brought one with you by the end of the night!

2) Be conscious of PDA's

We’ve all heard the horror stories. However, having lived in Dubai as a teenager venturing into first relationships, as long as you are respectful and are aware of your surroundings, a peck on the cheek and loose hand hold are generally fine when out in public.

4) There are restrictions on drinking alcohol

You can be served any drink you want in most restaurants and in hotels as long as you 21 and over. Enjoy it, but take care, if you are obviously drunk and making a nuisance of yourself you may find yourself sobering up rather quickly if the wrong person takes offence. The one place you cannot buy alcohol is supermarkets and shopping malls so don’t count on that night- cap on your way back to your hotel after a heavy night (not including your room mini bar of course!). Residents obtain a liquor license in order to buy alcohol for consumption in their homes.

4) Try not to travel to Dubai during Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan you cannot eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke in public during the day. Nothing is permitted to pass through your lips between sunrise and sunset, and foreigners must abide by Ramadan in public areas in which time locals fast during daylight hours for 29-30 days. The beginning and end of Ramadan is dictated by the Islamic Calendar but usually falls between June and July every year so make sure to check dates before booking your flights.

5) There i

It’s never not hot in Dubai. The average summer temperature is around 36°C and in the summer months can reach 45°C. However being a desert you can hardly be surprised, the highest temperature recorded was 52.1°C! Just make sure you have a high factor sun-cream on (even if you are just walking around) and enjoy. After all it’s rare to visit somewhere that can guarantee you glorious sunshine all year round.

If you’re a sensible traveller or have been to an Islamic country before you have nothing to worry about. Dubai is made up of 85% expats from all over the world and is a largely liberal and tolerant Emirate.

Mel x

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Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!