The number of UK passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates, especially Dubai, is ever increasing in popularity. Thousands of us flock to the glamorous city of Dubai for a holiday of shopping, glorious beaches and sightseeing. However us Brits can some times be a bit blasé about the local customs and laws of the UAE. So much so that in the past UK citizens have found themselves in trouble with the local police and even facing prison sentences due to a lack of understanding as to what is acceptable behaviour in the UAE.
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Amongst some of these laws is the fact that is illegal to drink on the streets or anywhere public; this is a punishable offence. It is also socially unacceptable for women to show too much skin, or their underwear, and the tops of arms and legs should be covered. Swearing, sex outside of marriage and public displays of affection are also against the law and offenders can be placed in prison for such acts.
The latest travel advice:
Most recently the foreign office has updated its travel advice so that visitors are aware of issues regarding the use of social media. Brits love updating social media sites with pictures from their travels but they need to be aware that ‘posting material (including videos and photographs) online that are critical of companies or individuals, or related to incidents in the UAE, or appearing to abuse/ridicule the country or its authorities may be considered a crime punishable under UAE law’, the foreign office has said. So what may seem like a bit of harmless fun; could result in serious trouble. My advice would be to avoid posting on social media when in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE, unless of course it’s absolutely necessary.
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