Dubai is modern and by and large tolerant, but visitors should also respect that it is a Muslim city. Here are some do's and don'ts:

  • Dress Both men and women should dress modestly. Swimwear is acceptable on the beach and by the pool only.
  • Public affection Holding hands is OK, long kisses or hugs are not.
  • Drinking Don't indulge in excessive public drinking, and never drink and drive.
  • Greetings Use your right hand to greet someone or take or give something. Don't offer to shake hands unless it is extended to you first.
  • Sitting Pointing the soles of your shoes at anyone or crossing your legs is considered rude.
  • Language Swearing and using rude hand gestures could lead to fines.
  • Photos Always ask before taking a photo of locals.
  • Conversation Don't bring up controversial topics, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.