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The most essential travel tips for Dubai

Deviously enchanting desert and impossibly constructed architectural wonders – that is Dubai for you in a nutshell. If you are in the mood of romancing this megatropolis, then before you board that flight to Dubai, ensure you are well-versed with what goes and what doesn’t in this fascinating land!

What to pack
Usually this query is more to do with the weather conditions in a city rather than what is allowed. But since we are talking about a Muslim emirate, one needs to pack keeping in mind the law of the land. Though Dubai, or rather the United Arab Emirates, is the most forward-looking of all the Muslim nations, there are still few things that do not sit well the people there. For women, there skimpy clothing and bikinis are best used only at the beaches, and nowhere else. Not even the glitzy shopping malls. All you have to make sure is that you pack those outfits that do not allow a lot of skin to show. Thongs shouldn’t really be a part of our public dress code. For men, it will do them good to keep that shirt on and buttoned everywhere they go to, but the beach.

So you are thirsty, and are thinking of quenching that thirst with your favorite drink? Forget it. If you are not a resident (incidentally even they need to carry an alcohol license), supermarkets and liquor store employees will not give you the time of the day. But hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs will definitely oblige the tourists. But, if you have to drive after drinking then consider calling a cab, as drunk driving is strictly prohibited here.

Also, book your cheap tickets to Dubai at impossibly low fares, keeping in mind the important religious dates and public holidays, during which consumption of alcohol in public places is not allowed.

Medicines and Drugs
Dubai’s tolerance for drugs is nil. So if the thought of indulging in something of this sort even crossed your mind, clear your mind now. Even when it comes to prescription drugs, you need to carry a letter from your physician along with a stipulated amount of medicine only. For some medicines you need to take special permission from the Ministry and for some, like Tylenol 3, there are restrictions. Make sure everything is sorted out before you board your cheap domestic flight to Dubai.

Public Display of Affection
Being governed under the Sharia law, Dubai frowns upon overtly public displays of love. If you are traveling with someone from the opposite sex, who isn’t related to you, opt for separate bedrooms. Also homosexuality is not looked upon favorably here.

Illegal Imports
Dubai has an interesting list of banned things listed mentioned under this category. Raw seafood, fruit and vegetables whose health standards are circumspect and unstrung pearls are few things you really should not be carrying along with you.

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