Don't be a lone wolf.
During offroad excursions such as this one in Al Hayl Valley, always travel in groups for some good reasons: (1) While the UAE is one of the safest countries, in remoter areas, we have encountered young ruffians on more than 1 occasion and (2) if 1 vehicle breaks down, the other could bring help.
For those who suffer from...
For those who suffer from spending mania:Control yourselves!
'A special feature of the International Airport, Duty-Free shopping offers a wide range of top quality merchandise at unrivalled prices. Choose from books, children's clothing and toys, cosmetics, designer wear, electronics, gifts, liquor, luxury items, perfumes and sports goods, all enticingly displayed in dedicated areas within the concourse.'
Apart from the heat - there...
Apart from the heat - there are none. A friendly safe place to walk around even if you are female on your own. But don't walk around in skimpy tops or shorts. It is frowned on by the locals. Be sensible, especially during Ramadan
For Women: Please note that if...
For Women: Please note that if you are travelling outside of the city of Dubai, please wear long sleeve shirts and pants/skirts with shoes (not sandals). Men in the more remote towns do not see many foreign women and treat them like sex objects. Do not be alarmed if they stare at you. This is normal as their women are all covered up and seeing foreign women's skin is rare.
SAND!….and it's everywhere!
In the event of a road accident always wait for the police to arrive. They will, however, nearly always take the side of someone local. If you're Western they know you'll have insurance so you will be named as the responsible party.
If you're female, a good tip is to cry at the officer accompanying that with a tale of woe about how angry your husband / father will be.
If you're male that probably won't work so you may as well accept the idea of being responsible.
The driving in the UAE is very...
The driving in the UAE is very unique in the sense that they are crazy be very careful! I have heard that to ride a motorcycle in the UAE you have to be medically certified by the doctor .. will check this out and update!
Do not under any circumstances...
Do not under any circumstances attempt to take drugs into the UAE the prison sentence is very high! Your Embassy will be powerless to help you! Also be careful about the amount of alcohol you take into the country they have very strict laws on the consumption of alcohol. Fortunately you can buy alcohol in restaurants and bars and if you are a resident they will give you an alcohol ration pass! NO JOKE!
Girls, watch out for some of...
Girls, watch out for some of the men who tell you to take a ride on their boat or in their fancy sports car. The Phillipino girls that worked their said the guys want to get in our American pants!!!! Unless, your into that, then by all means get a boat ride, a good meal and go for it!
Be very careful when you're...
Be very careful when you're driving in the UAE. It has one of the highest fatality rates in the world. People tailgate like crazy, run red lights, and generally drive like bats out of hell. Add to that unannounced speed bumps in the middle of nowhere on two-way highways and you have a recipe for potential disaster. Have fun!
Before getting into the sea...
Before getting into the sea please check with the authorities whether it is safe or not. Because some times the tides will be very strong.
2 is company, 3 is better
Always travel offroads along with a company. For example, we we had a flat tyre in a desert bashing expedition, help was readily available.
If you go in the dessert,...
If you go in the dessert, don´t go alone there. And take enough water with you. It is easy to get lost !!
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