Dubai Law

Rules of Conduct

Dubai is a very liberal city, however it pays to remember that you are visiting an Islamic country. It would be wise not to take these law lightly as you could face fines or imprisonment if someone takes offence and reports you.

Appropriate Clothing

In most public areas, short and skirts should be of appropriate length. This means that knees and shoulders should be covered Clothing should not indecently expose parts of the body, the transparent, or display obscene or offensive picture and slogans. If you are deemed to be in appropriately dressed in a shopping mall you may be requested to leave.


Alcohol is available in the hotel’s restaurants and bars. However restaurants outside the hotel are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Public intoxication is subject to fines or imprisonment.

Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, malls and shops. Smoking outside designated areas is subject to fines.

Display of Affection

Display of affection in public places do not sit well with the local culture. Holding hands for a married couple is tolerated, but kissing and petting are considered as offensive to public decency. Public displays of affection are liable to be punished by a warning or fine and in some cases may lead to imprisonment or deportation.


Tourist’s photography is allowed but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women and families. It is also a good idea to ask before photographing men. Photographs of government and military buildings should not be taken.


Searing profanities, and all kinds of vulgar language are strictly forbidden in Dubai. All types of aggressive or offensive gestures are considered offensive and liable to fires or imprisonment


Drugs are forbidden in the strictest terms. If you are caught in possession you could be sent to prison for up to seven years and then deported. Anyone caught smuggling drugs into Dubai are looking at a possible life sentence.

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