THINGS TO RE­MEM­BER

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

The of­fi­cial re­li­gion of the UAE is Is­lam and even in rel­a­tively western­ised Dubai, Emi­ratis ad­here to a strict code of con­duct in line with Is­lamic re­li­gious laws. Dress mod­estly, cov­er­ing your shoul­ders and knees and keep a head­scarf handy.

Keep pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion to a min­i­mum, es­pe­cially dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan, when it is for­bid­den. If you visit Dubai dur­ing Ra­madan (from early June 2016 for 30 days), eating and drink­ing in pub­lic dur­ing day­light hours is also re­stricted.

It is against the law to drink or be in­tox­i­cated in pub­lic, so use taxis af­ter a night out. Al­co­hol is avail­able in most hotels’ clubs, restau­rants and bars, but may be pro­hib­ited in restau­rants out­side of hotels.

CLOCK­WISE FROM BE­LOW LEFT

The sprawl­ing Mall of Emi­rates; Dubai from the sky; a typ­i­cal Mid­dle East­ern meal

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