Dubai, United Arab Emirates travel tips

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Crime is very rare in the UAE. That said, it is still wise to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

Tags: Safety
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If you are under age 21, you won't be able to rent a car in Dubai.

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There is no legal alcohol to blood ratio limit in Dubai for drivers.

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If you do not have an international drivers license but plan to drive in Dubai, check their list of qualifying countries to see if you can obtain a temporary local driver's licence there.

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When driving, note that speed limits are strictly enforced in Dubai.

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Despite being more liberal than most other Arab countries, Dubai is still very conservative with it's dress code.

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The Arabs are very pleasant in Dubai but are not punctual so be prepared to wait if there for a business meeting.

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Keep in mind that if your restaurant is not at a hotel, you will not be served alcohol.

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From fast food to exquisite dining, everything to suit any taste bud is available in Dubai.

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Despite being an Islam country, you can find a Hindu temple, two Catholic churches, an Anglican and a Protestant church in Dubai if you need a place to worship.

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You will be able to read the menus at any restaurant since they are written in Arabic and English.

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Don't worry about getting lost in Dubai as all the signs for roads and businesses are in both English and Arabic.

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All activities in Dubai including festivals, cuisine, dresses and weddings, speak to religion.

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Shops and businesses do not have to close during prayers, but if you are in the middle of a transaction, you may find that the man helping you disappears for a bit.

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If you find yourself the subject of an attempted conversion by an Emirati, know that it is well-meant. The more they like you, the more they will try to convert you, out of concern for your eternal soul.

Tags: Etiquette
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You'll find that people in Dubai are very hospitable, a legacy of their Bedouin heritage, of which they are very proud.

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Remember that, as in many Arab countries the weekend is Friday-Saturday.

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If you want to explore the undersea world at some of the world's finest aquariums, Dubai has four.

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Atlantis, The Palm is an iconic resort for families with a water amusement park, marine activities, entertainment and so much more. You cannot leave Dubai without visiting there.

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It's best to book your trip in advance as the hotels are usually full in Dubai.

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