Dubai has a great main street. Unfortunately many of drivers are not well behave in driving.
Although obtain the driving license in this city is not too easy, but still...it's not guarantee that the driver is well behave, once they obtain a driving license.
Be careful on driving, and watch your speed as well. In several places, road is monitored by radar. In certain place, the police park the mobile radar, which is more sensitive to the speed limit.
In residency area, the speed is around 60 km/hour. And in the highway, don't drive more than 100 km/hour.
A fine is 200 Dirham if you disobey the speed. For Dubaian people, we share the jokes that we won't get free picture by radar :)
Dubai Police Operator:
Telephone : + 971 4 229222
Telephone : + 971 4 269222
General Department of Operations
Telephone : +971 4 2694848
Fax : +971 4 2215158
PO Box : 1493 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
There is consequent for any development. With a rapid development in Dubai, construction in almost every corner of the city can not be avoided. There are so many detours for the road, noises from the non-stop construction works, which leads to sleepless nights for many Dubai residents.
But, it’s amazing to see how fast the building process is. One empty corner will suddenly has a high rise building, and the road has fly over bridge. One massive construction is going on Marsa Dubai, where there are many new sky scrappers compete to touch the sky.
The temperature starts to raise on May. June to October is the highest temperature. During the day, it can reach 40-45 Celsius Degree. If you just stay indoor, it doesn't give much effect. But, if you do activity outdoor, below are few useful tips.
1. Drink plenty of water. The ideal is 8 glasses a day to keep body cool.
2. Drink fruit juices.
3. Limit caffein intake. Coffee and tea will make you dehydrate under the heat. Limit your intake.
4. Use high SPF sun protection. Always use SPF 20 to protect your skin from burning.
And repeat the using after three hours.
5. The humidity is usually high, bring clean towel with you, or wet tissue to mop the sweat.
6. If you are sun bathing, make sure that you stay under the shadow to reduce the direct sun.
7. Going to the dessert is not really advisable during the summer season (especially in the mid day). The temperature is usually higher. If you do, just go early in the morning.
Hope this is useful to keep body cool in the summer heat :)
In July 2008 the story of a young British expatriate was plastered all over the local and international news: she had been drinking alcohol, then proceeded to have sex on a public beach (unmarried sex is illegal, but that isn't of importance in this case), and then assaulted a police officer by swearing at him and hitting him with her shoe.
Especially the Western media has been criticizing the approach of Dubai's "big-boys-in-charge" as excessive, and have been saying that this woman doesn't deserve a huge punishment and that she is being used as an example towards all other non-Muslims living or visiting the UAE.
Stop and think for a moment, before our media-bred Middle Eastern paranoia takes hold of us again:
Could you have sex in a public place and assault a police officer without any consequences in the United Kingdom, or in Germany, or in the USA?
No, you couldn't.
The woman in question had been living in Dubai for the past 3 years. If after all that time she doesn't know the law, then she doesn't deserve any better. She's currently facing up to 6 years in jail (I highly doubt that the Dubai courts will push for the maximum sentence) and will definitely be deported after her jail time.
So please, before we start pointing fingers at the "backward-thinking Middle East", please remember where you are and how to behave.
FULL STORY HERE: http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Police_and_The_Courts/10227570.html
And here is the story in the British media: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1398204.ece
And in case of any confusion, here is the official law:
Article 358 of the Punitive Law No. 52 of 2006 regarding "obscene public acts and violations of public decency" stipulates no less than a 6-month jail term would be handed to violators.
At least a year's jail term and fine of Dh10,000 will be imposed if the act is committed with a person below the age of 15, male or female, even if done in private.
Harassment results in one year and/or Dh10,000 in fines, followed by deportation for expatriates.
Article 360 says anything that provokes promiscuity could result in a year's prison term and/or a Dh5,000 fine. If done with a child of under 15, the jail term would be two years.
And here is a useful slide show on what's allowed and what's not:
With all the glitz and glamour of 5-star hotels, luxurious shopping malls, the beaches and the nightlife of Dubai, it's easy to forget that you are indeed still in a MUSLIM COUNTRY: This also means to adapt to the regional culture and religion by showing respect in the clothes you wear, and also note that SWEARING is absolutely unacceptable and punishable by law. There is also a zero-tolerance on driving under the influence, and exceptions are NOT made. You are also not allowed to drink alcohol in public (in a park, the beach, etc.) unless it's a licensed establishment.
Here is a final recap of all regulations in Dubai and the other emirates:
The UAE is extremely liberal, and I believe that these regulations are not difficult to adhere by. But if these restrictions and regulations seem to strict for you, then I advise that you seek a different country for your holiday destination.
--> UPDATE Aug. 2009: Dubai's shopping malls now have signs and leaflets requesting shoppers to please dress 'decently.' FULL STORY: http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Society/10338386.html
Although you're not likely to have any trouble, I strongly recommend that American visitors try their utmost to blend in with the scenery. I say this because I've heard of a few incidents in the UAE where people have been refused service because of their nationality. This is rare, but it CAN happen.
Unfortunately, Amercians are too often much too loud and -- all too frequently -- they make it abundantly clear to everybody that they ARE American. Announcing your nationality is something that gets up everybody's nose -- whatever it happens to be. I never lie about it when asked, I don't pretend to be Canadian or something. However, I don't make sure everybody knows it immediately, either. I find that if I'm quietly spoken, make it clear that I respect their culture and customs, and don't start arguments, I have no trouble.
And another thing: always remember that anti-American comments are virtually never directed at you personally; they're directed at the government. Unfortunately, too many Americans seem to think that others believe that people and government are indistinguishable from one another and take the flak the wrong way. That just isn't true.
Dubai has some wonderful shopping centers but some of them are so huge that you will often forget your way and keep moving around at same area just killing your time. It is in particular very difficult to locate a specific outlet without using a map in the shopping malls like Deira City Centre, Burjuman Centre, Wafi City and Lamcy Plaza etc.
The best thing to avoid all this is to keep shopping centre's map with you. These maps are available on main entrance of shopping malls. Customer service staff at each floor would also assist you to locate the desired outlet. Happy Shopping!!!
I really can't think of any warnings to give for Dubai. The only thing that comes to mind is when I arranged transportation to the airport on my final day. I paid the hotel 30 Dirhams for a drive to the airport ; however, when I arrived at the Airport, the driver of the cab said he wanted another 5 Dirhams. He was very kind about it and said the hotel only gave him 25 of the 30 Dirhams (which I had paid the Dubai Marine Resort)
If you’re a westerner like me and you had never been to the Middle East before. You might get a cultural shock, when you see the local men dressed in a white traditional dress and the women with there faces all covered up. I know you’re curious but do not stare at them or take pictures. It’s rude and very insulting.
DO use the seatbelt. Dubai is THE place for fast cars and poor driving skills.
IF involved in an accident, get out of it as quickly as possible if you have been drinking - you can end up being blamed for the accident eventhough you were not the one driving!
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.
Please be careful. Dubai is extremely westernized, but you have to remember don't be fooled by the lavish lifestyle, clubs, bars and skyscrapers. You will be arrested if you cause any hassle in any bar, club or public place. Absolutely no violence or misbehaviour will be tolerated. Public displays of affection are also another warning, especially if the person your doing it with isn't your husband or wife. No kissing in public, no matter how drunk you get in a bar or club. Holding hands is just about acceptable but don't go any further than that. It really is a case of if you want to get intermit, get a room!
It is a Muslim country and tourist must respect this. Check before you book your holiday that you are not coming during a holy festival or time of year, otherwise you could be in for a real shock and exceptionaly boring time. When you do get here feel free to wear short and t-shirts, but women must always respect the culture and not wear breast revealing tops and mini skirts. If you do, you will be treated with no respect (like a hooker) and encounter alot of sleazy guys, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Bikinis on the beach as allowed, but if you are seen topless you will be arrested and dont bother wearing you g-string bikini either.
this is more of a warning of getting your value for the money you pay about the general vacation to Dubai. that means, if you dont know the right places to visit in Dubai and the right itenanary for your trip, you can DRASTICALLY change the way you think of Dubai. if you choose the itenanary of e.g. staying in either the jebel ali or the jumeirah area on the beach, shop in the mall of the emirates (best mall in town) take a trip in the fabulous 7-star hotel at the burj al-arab, visit the beautiful and less crowded al-mamzar beach near Sharjah with nice sandy beaches with only a handful of people, do the desert safari trip and only visit ONCE to deira to shop for the gold and the only visit the Bur Dubai area to have a meal and smoke shisha by the creek at al-shindaga...Dubai is virtually the best place on the planet.
However, if you choose to stay at a hotel in the backstreets of Bur Dubai or Deira and do nothing but shop you will think of Dubai a COMPLETELY different city altogether! It is smelly run-down streets with rows of tacky shops and parlours that sell cheap goodsand almost all of the vending machines are rusty and not working. In Deira is a little bit better, but there is nowhere to sit and eat apart from tiny plain cafeterias at the corner of the streets, thus you are having to walk very far out to find a McDonalds in Deira. If you are in Dubai for the arabic culture I suggest you stick around the mall of the emirates area (burjuman mall, wafi mall and ibn battuta malls are good too) as where most of the arabs hang about. I was IN bur dubai hoping to sample the arabian atmosphere and (not to sound racist) I felt I was in Pakistan or India rather than the Middle East, selling saris, robes, curry etc Avoid the Bur Dubai area (go to al-shindaga for the arab culture with the shish kebabs, shisha, architecture etc) and head off to Deira once for the gold shopping. Also dont miss the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed rd either...that is also fantastic to experience!
Dubai is very hot in summer days, but you spent very few time outside.. However almost all covered places have an aircondition system and they are cooling till to quiet lower degrees, when compared with outside.. Many times we felt cold with a T-Shirt..
So you should be careful about the changing temperatures, too Hot and too cold could make you il..
If you need medical treatment, it is wiser to shop around. I needed some dental work done and went with my daughter to a private Dental Clinic in Dubai [I will not mention the name for obvious reasons]. My daughter had been recommended to go there, but had to wait 3 hours until she had 6 fillings done.
I had some minor surgery done which cost me an arm and a leg, and follow up was going to leave me with nothing left! So I asked my son-in-law to find somewhere else. I found a great Jordanian dentist in Sharjah who did the job for a quarter of the price.
I heard the first dentist discussing with his assistant how much to charge an Emirati woman for medication- four and a half times the price in the shops. Scandalous.
So either have all treatment done before you travel, and in an emergency ask around.
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...