Dubai, the most populous city in the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai has become the dreamland for many people in the world if not everyone. I’m safe to say we all have our “Dubai Dream” either to visit, tour or even to live and work in this luxurious city of our time. However, it’s best to know a bit about this Emirate before you book your flight so as to prevent numerous unwanted surprises.
First of all, Dubai has a hot desert climate so don’t expect anything different. Summer in Dubai is extremely hot , windy, and humid, with an average high temperature around 41 °C (106 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winter is warm with an average high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F) in January, the coldest month.
This bring us to what to pack for your Dubai trip. UAE is known world-wide for its rich culture, high values, love for decency and discipline, and Emirate of Dubai isn’t different. Modesty is the keyword when it comes to dress-code so kindly leave the crop tops, mini skirts, tube tops, bum shorts and all the revealing see-through clothes behind. You can wear whatever you want in your home or hotel but when it comes to public places like the malls, theatres, restaurants, government offices, supermarkets etc. there is a strict policy guiding dressing and you might not want to go against that. Shoulders and knees should be covered at all times, no flaunting of cleavages and curves as well. Men are not left of the dress-code policy either, this means you should not show your bare chest in public. Avoid shorts, especially short ones, and don’t wear swimwear outside of the pool or beach area. Don’t unbutton your shirt to show chest hair. Men should not show their knees, either so kindly take note. Below are some fashion ideas to look classy without breaking the rules.
Secondly, there is no room for indiscipline and illegalities in the UAE that means, you cannot enter this great state and engage in any illegal activities or disrespect people no matter their race, religion, financial status or educational background and go scot-free. Kindly put on your discipline and respect cap when you book a flight to visit this dreamland.
In addition, public display of affection is prohibited in Dubai and the entire UAE. Kissing, hugging, holding hands, making out and over display of affection is considered indecency so save all these for the bedroom.
Also as a sign of politeness, always wave, greet or shake hands with your right hand. Note that you should always use your right hand for drinking and eating most especially in public places, as the left hand is regarded as unclean (as it’s used for ‘body hygiene purposes’). Similarly, you should avoid showing the soles of your shoes or feet, which implies that you think the other person is ‘dirty’, which is obviously highly offensive. You should therefore keep your feet flat on the ground and not cross your legs when you are with your Arab friends.
Furthermore, Ramadan is a holy month for all Muslims across the world so whether you are Muslim or not, if you are in Dubai you should respect that. Avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public places or in the mix of your Muslim brothers and sisters during the hours of daylight and don’t engage in any noisy behaviour to distract the peace of the holy month. Alcohol is rarely legally found in Dubai (except within hotels and certain high-end restaurants). Do not go around asking where to buy alcohol, and if you are drinking within a hotel, do so moderately.
Lastly, one important thing to also note is that weekend in Dubai – UAE falls on Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday widely known in the western world and other countries. If you want a weekend getaway to Dubai then you better land on Thursday evening or Friday morning to have a full glimpse of Dubai weekend. In addition, the name of the currency in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham or Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). It can also be commonly abbreviated to Dhs or DH. Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 dirhams.
Dubai is a modern city that welcomes visitors from around the world. It’s a city full of luxury, spectacular skyline, ultra-modern architecture and beautiful people who welcome everyone with smiles and opened arms. However, as it is also a Muslim city, there are certain factors to take into consideration in terms of dress code and behaviour. The people of Dubai believes that as soon as you enter into the country, you become one of them so kindly respect the values, culture, religion and policies of the country.
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