Even though Dubai is the Most Liberal City in the Arabian Peninsula (Beirut in Lebanon is the most Liberal City in the Middle East), Please Remember that it is still a conservatic Islamic Society and hence Local Bars, Night Clubs, Lounges, Irish and English Pubs and late night hangouts must be closed by 1:00 am at the latest. So don't be surprised if your server of waiter in the bar will ask you for any last orders at midnight as the local police are strict in Enforcing that the Local Bars must close by 1:00 am or else they would face stiff fines.
An if you are driving a rental car, don't get caught drunk driving as they have a zero tolerance for Driving Under the Influence.
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.
Oooh you can sooo loose your nerves with these people. They will tell you how they know where is the place you need to go, but then they will drive you all around the town and then they will call somebody to ask for directions. They could switch on the GPS, but 90% of them don't know how to use it. Some of them don't speak English well. So ask the driver few times did he understood you and does he know where he needs to go. Also you could use metro if you are not in a hurry.
Alcohol Licence - obtaining one and why you should have one
An Alcohol Licence (or License) gives expats in Dubai and the UAE permission to drink alcohol - they need a residence visa before applying for an alcohol license. It is shown at off-licences or liquor stores in Dubai when making purchases. In theory it could be asked for at a bar or club but in practice it almost never is. Apparently the law says that only hotel guests may drink at hotel bars but it's unheard of for that to be enforced.
14 Nov 2006 news. A court case acquitted a resident for drinking in a bar because he did have an alcohol license, although the police arrested him because they claimed the license only allowed residents to drink alcohol at home.
Tourists do not need an alcohol licence since they are not in Dubai on a resident's visa.
Muslims are not permitted to have an alcohol licence (the application form asks what religion the applicant is).
Alcohol licenses are a legal requirement when buying alcohol from bottle shops like MMI, and A&E, and Spinneys in Abu Dhabi. How often it is asked for varies depending on emirate. Almost always in Dubai, sometimes not in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, and rarely, if ever, in Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.
Alcohol purchases can be made without a licence (illegally) at several establishments in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. Or you can present your license and buy alcohol legally. Where you're likely to get into trouble is if you have an accident between shop and home, and the alcohol is found in your car. Sharjah especially would be more risky as it is a dry emirate. Checkpoints with car searches are a possibility but very rare. If you do have a license then you are permitted to transport alcohol for personal use between shop and home. However, for those living in Dubai, you would be expected to buy alcohol in Dubai.
On 03 July 2006 there was a report in the Gulf News of alcohol purchasers being followed from Ajman into Sharjah by conmen, made to pull over and threatened with being reported to the police unless a ransom was paid. Figures were reported as being 2000 dhs to 10,000 dhs. An Ajman police official apparently told the reporter that non-Muslims were allowed to transport legally purchased alcohol through any emirate to their home. Note that you need to present your alcohol license in these 'hole-in-the-wall' establishments in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, etc to become a legal alcohol purchaser.
The licence shows a monthly limit for purchases which depends on the applicants salary. Usually the limit is somewhere between 500 dhs and 1500 dhs per month.
Tax on Alcohol
There is a 30% tax added to all alcohol purchases made when presenting an alcohol licence (last confirmed June 2006).
Your company obtains one for you. There'll be fees of around 200 dhs per year to pay, and you'll need the usual paperwork (passport with residence visa, photos).
You apply for one yourself. The easiest way to do this is through one of the alcohol shops in Dubai - A & E or MMI. They have the forms and will obtain the license for you (about 200 dhs per year).
MONEY STEALERS .... If this company has your credit card information, they will take money from your account. You have to sign a form stating that they are authorized to take money owing to them (damages, tickets etc). Legally, anytime they say you owe them money they will access your account without informing you and there is nothing you can do. I've never had a speeding ticket before and I found myself with 7 in a month, at a cost of over 4000 dirhams (fake tickets or tickets other people didn't pay that got past on to me). I found my bank account empty and I had no idea why. My advice is pay a little extra and go with a reputable company like Budget and know your bank account is safe.
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It is a big offense not either tag in or out of Dubai metros, litter it or seat in the female areas.
if you get caught or found wanting in anyway, you will be made to pay through your noise- i mean u will pay in multiple of like 10 of what the metro will have charged you.
if sleeping is not allowed, so please lets be guided when entering metros. Below link tells you more
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.
If you should decide to put a henna painting, take care to do it with red-brown henna. Never with black henna, it's too dangerous for infection.
-though sometimes you will so feel like doing this. You might meet them and their luxurious cars and wifes almost anywhere in Dubai...: )
do ensure you ask for permission before photographing the ladies.....it is strictly a non-kosher thing to photograph them unawares!!
Be careful when organizing your agenda to spend a day in the city of Dubai: traffic is more than chaos, is crazy. 2 hours from one place to the other is something very usual.
I use like low season.
The sensation of almost exclusive use of the hotel is nice, and the prices are better. But in Dubai, low season… burns!
No! I don’t recommend Dubai in summer.
I'm not an alki but when i'm on holiday i like a beer or 2. if you do, make sure your hotel is not dry one like the Coral Deira in Dubai.
In the summer extreme heat, the museum's freshness is a relief.
However, I think that women may need some precautions - when exiting, Marylin Monroe came to my mind. Guess why!