Dubai Warnings and Dangers

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  • Warnings and Dangers
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  • Warnings and Dangers
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Most Recent Warnings and Dangers in Dubai

  • Sharja Airport

    by chappa Written Jun 20, 2007

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    It was shocking and painful to go through Passport at Sharjah airport upon my arrival ,although I had proper visa. The lines and procedures are not clearly marked. When it was my turn after 30 minutes for passport control the officer told me"eyes" and I did not understand. Then he said "eye scan" and pointed me another line. There was another line for eye scanning so I waited in line 35 minutes.After getting my eyes scanned I was back in line for passport check. It all took 1.5 hours to go through passport control.

    The airport especially departure hall is dirty and stuffy. There are 2 toilets without urinates and there are long lines of waiting in the dirt toilets . I travelled all around the world but it was the worst I have ever experienced .

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    The biggest airport in the world

    by mccrorj Written Jun 1, 2007

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    A friendly word of warning. I travelled into dubai from Brunei arriving at about 12:30 in the morning it took us over an hour to get through immigration. It felt like the whole of the world were trying to get in. I'd love to say that the immigration officials were professional and smoothed out any difficulties but that would smply be lying. I found them disinterested, arrogant and unhelpful. The male officers I saw spent most of their time chatting up their female colleagues. I'm a reasonably placid bloke but this actually pushed me closer to my limits than I can remember being for a very long time. Sydney was always the benchmark for me as the least efficient most frustrating airport to arrive in but Dubai has knocked it clean of it's pedestal. If your tired and cranky when you get of the plane the immigration hall will enhance that feeling dramatically. Good luck and "welcome to Dubai," it's likely to be the last time you hear those words.

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    camel milk

    by call_me_rhia Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Camel milk is wonderful for your health: it is rich in Vitamin C, in iron and helps reduce diabetes and coronary heart disease. But... unless you have the possibility to drink it regularily, the only thing it'll give you is most likely an upset stomach and dhiarrea.

    Let's face it: it takes a while before your body gets used to camel milk - before it'll give most people stomach problems. I did not have any, luckily, but well... camel milk is very salty: I definitely did not like the taste.

    Ifyou are curious, just remember that you can buy it in any supermarket... but have some medicines with you, just in case.

    camel milk

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    Dubai is quite safe

    by zuyao Written Apr 11, 2007

    Nothing to be afraid of in Dubai. This city has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It’s very safe to travel in Dubai. In some parts of the city like Deira you will find a huge concentration of South Asian workers/ laborers. They give a scary impression but really they are just people leading a working life in a foreign land. Nothing much to worry about. Nevertheless, as is in any place, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take care of your possession and valuables and there’s nothing to worry about. Some places like Deira can be really crowded on weekend nights. So be sure take care of your belongings and younger ones.

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    THE BURNING SANDS

    by DAO Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    RED HOT !

    There are several beaches in the Dubai area and you may be enticed by the bath warm clear waters and the beautiful hotels beaches, but watch out! The sun superheats the sand from about April to October and you need flip-flops. If you think you can either run or tip toe across, forget it. You will end up with burns. I did.

    If you don't have sandals, buy some before you visit the beach!

    BEAUTIFUL AND HOT !
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    Weather:

    by jljpistol Written Jan 7, 2007

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    If you have never delt with extreme heat and humidity, it is probably best you plan this trip during the Dubai winter months. From March until October the temp could range from 30 to 60 celsius plus intense humidity. Drink plenty water, wear long sleeves and long pants. Especially fair skin people. Lots of sun block or just stay inside till dark. You won't have the sun but it still will be 40 celsius and humid till midnight or later.

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    Stay With A Group:

    by jljpistol Written Jan 7, 2007

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    This is especially for women. Anyone can tell you the men will hound you like the last hotdog in the pack. I't s not as bad as other middle eastern countries but always keep your eyes open. Guys will walk up to you asking you to come see there watches, purses etc. These guys, you stay away from.

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    Taxi service

    by jwilliams2005 Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    Please be aware of the taxi service in Dubai. Always agree on a price before entering the taxi. You can get an estimated price from browsing the internet. There are local private cabs that are honest and they provide good service, but always agree on a price before entering the taxi ! I have just returned from another trip to Dubai; Dec. 22-24th, 2006, and now there is a coordinated taxi service at the airport. There is a taxi stand located to the left as you exit the airport. Just stand in the line and you will be directed to the next taxi available. The taxis's are metered, and I believe it starts at 20 dirhams ($5.50USD) Very inexpensive ! So, presently I would recommend taking the metered taxi !

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    Driving

    by rossbaku Written Nov 26, 2006

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    If you're driving in Dubai, beware. The roads are a nightmare to drive on. What you think should only take 20 minutes usually will take an hour because of accidents, rush hour etc.

    Dubai has some of the most unsafe roads it has to be said, but the authorities are getting on top of the situation and are bringing in new measure to make the roads safer.

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  • Know your employer well before joining.

    by arvindpriya1 Written Jun 29, 2006

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    If you get a job in Dubai or any other place in UAE it appears as if you are in heaven but
    what comes later at most of the places (In private companies) that the employers
    will treat you nice for few days and they will take you in good trust. They will ask
    for your Passport and Visa and in most of the cases you don't have any other option
    then giving Passport and Visa to your employer.

    The real tragedy starts from the next day. If it is not a big company (even if it is big..)
    they will compell you to work for over 12 hours or more that too without giving
    you proper food in office or any over time compensation. Some of the employers
    (In departmental stores or in small organisations) will hold your salary and then
    start treating you like a slave.

    You are living fully on their mercy and when you ask for your Passport and Visa
    to leave the job or going back to your country they give you so many threats
    saying that they have good connection with authorities.

    I have not heard any rule in UAE that an employer can keep the Passport and Visa of the
    Employee. No body even the authorities in UAE are bothered to ckeck such conditions
    and checking the language of the agreements/contracts between employers and employees.
    Most of the labourers are not well educated and do not understand English whereas most of the contracts are made in English where employers write any thing in favour of themselves.

    My previous employer had taken my Passport and Visa and did not alow me go go home
    when I raised this issue with some influential people they gave my Passport, Visa and return
    ticket. But what happens to those who are helpless...

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    Four Wheel Drive Discomfort

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    In Dubai we opted to take the four wheel drive tour of the Emirates, and set off early in the morning. It was hot and we were relieved when our driver opened a cool box, took out cans of ice cold drinks, and we drank our fill.

    We drove up the high mountains along dirt tracks and next thing the heavens opened and the rain poured down. Dubai seldom sees rain, and certainly not of this nature. It cam down in a sheet and washed the road away! Our clever driver pulled in off route and waited for the rain to stop. To keep nerves at bay he passed around packed lunches and more cold drinks. When the rain eased and then stopped, we set off on our journey once again, crossed the border to Oman, and generally had a wonderful and interesting time.

    However, at this stage we all wanted to use the bathroom (we were full of ice cold drinks). There were none! In some other parts of the world you might get away with dodging behind a rock, but not in Dubai! We had to wait for literally hours until the driver brought us to a petrol station and there we used a hole in the floor which was infested with buzzing flies. The relief was palpable:-)

    In such a wonderful and beautiful country, it was a shame that we had to spend a day in virtual agony longing for a bathroom.

    Market in the Mountains
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    dusty driving conditions

    by uglyscot Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    When there is dust in the air , driving conditions are difficult as visibility becomes severely reduced. Dust swirls across the road, even in town.
    One morning it was windy and a bit dusty, but we wanted to go to Festival City on the edge of town. The drive became increasingly more difficult as we went further into the 'desert'. On our way back we saw a couple of cars who had gone off road and got bogged down in the sand.
    It was spooky driving with nothing on the horizon when you knew there were in fact multi-storey tower blocks ahead.
    Once away from the major construction areas things were better, but still far from perfect.
    Care is needed and remember Dubai drivers drive fast and don't obey rules.
    This particular dusty day made the headlines of the local papers.

    dusty day dusty 2 Garhoud
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    GET A ROOM

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    Yeah, we've all been there. You're with someone having a nice time, you're both kinda' tipsy, both itchin' to get back home. Pull over a cab, and start making out before the poor chap's even had the time to ask you "where to?" All good so far, right? Wrong, if the cabbie or anyone peering in happens to be from prudistan.

    Next thing you know, you're explaining to a cop how and why your lips were actually trying to extract some gloss from hers. Play it safe, save it all for later - unless you want your amorous activities to extend to your cell-mates down at Bur Dubai Central. Public shows of affection are a no-no, though it's pretty much all good if you're inside most bars/ clubs.

    Making out's strictly for the greati ndoors
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    CURB YOUR F***IN' TONGUE!

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    Here's a pretty common scenario which you'll hear or read about - some poor soul being stripped off about a grand or being thrown in jail for a month for letting his/ her mouth get the better of them.

    Even if you're in an expat-heavy environment, make sure that there aren't too many locals within earshot before mouthing off. Obscenity is a sin here, punishable by law, and all it takes is for some miffed off person to report you.

    Also, needless to add, no giving the finger while in a car. There was this amusing incident a while back of a guy flipping the bird big-time to a car wanting to overtake him. Turns out, it was a cop driving home from work behind him!

    In this uber-relaxed, perma-holiday environment, it's really easy to forget that you're actually living in a Middle Eastern country. A little respect towards the laws of the land isn't such a bad thing, really.

    Temper your behaviour with where you are
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    TAX-FREE*. MIND THE ASTERISK

    by Siddha3th Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    Many people intending to move to Dubai seem to think of it as some sort of idealistic utopia, where the money's easy and all for keeps.

    News-flash. The city is just Income-Tax free. Which means you're still gonna' have to shell out exorbitant moolah for your car, loans, repayments, flight tax, etc.

    This, coupled with the astronomical rent charges, are often a sobering realization for a lot of newcomers to the city. No exaggeration, rents will eat up more than half your income quite easily. And since it's a demand-driven market, unscrupulous landlords take pleasure in increasing rents by about 15% almost yearly. None of my friends & I have managed to save even a little bit of moolah while working here. You work hard, play even harder, and the money just keeps flowing away - as is the wont with most large cities. If I was even a little attached to money, I'd actually be pretty depressed about it! You have been warned.

    Ridiculous rents negate the income-tax free factor
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