THINGS TO REMEMBER
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