Visiting Abu Dhabi: What to Know Before You Go

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Visiting Abu Dhabi: You should be aware of and respectful of local customs, etiquette, and laws in any foreign site you visit. Not all of these are obvious or widely known. We have gathered some additional recommendations to make sure your vacation to Abu Dhabi goes off without a hitch, because being a responsible and considerate tourist entails learning about the local culture and rules.

With its diverse array of historic and contemporary cultural events, abundant food options, and one-of-a-kind desert sites, this Emirati territory has been attracting an increasing number of tourists. Families flock there because it is often considered to be one of the safest cities on Earth. We don’t want you to miss a thing when you’re at this fantastic destination, so pay heed to these tips (and notice that the government’s website contains extra information).

Dress code
Traditional dress is typically seen on Emiratis, who are known for their conservative style. Rest assured, though; abayas and kanduras are not required attire. Rather, you should be prepared to dress modestly, particularly in more conservative neighborhoods and public places like parks and shopping centers. Dressing loosely so as to cover the shoulders and knees is our recommendation for all sexes. Stay away from skintight or see-through clothing and think about going for a higher neckline. You are allowed to wear swimsuit at specific locations, such as beaches and hotel pools. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of many mosques that provide free abayas to ladies who visit to observe the religious dress code.

Image capture
Those who travel the world today, particularly those who use Instagram or take pictures, may find this one challenging. However, it is not always easy to take pictures here, much less share them on social media. Nothing gives you carte blanche to take pictures of or share anything online simply because it’s in a public place. To sum up, unless specifically authorized, you should not take pictures of any subject involving the government or its citizens.

Photographing someone in public places without their explicit permission is a crime since it invades their privacy. Although this is applicable to everyone, it is especially true when photographing women. Anyone who didn’t give their consent shouldn’t be able to be identified, regardless of how close they are in the background. Keep in mind that it is against the law to photograph any building or structure owned by the government, any military installation, or any aircraft, whether private or public.

Partaking in alcohol
It is against the law to drink and drive in Abu Dhabi, yet hotels that have the proper licenses can sell alcohol. It is against the law to be under the influence in public, so please get sober before you leave, even though you are allowed to drink here. Browse our Abu Dhabi drinking guide for more information.

PDA There are several signs all across town that will serve as a gentle reminder that PDA is inappropriate. Here, regulations pertaining to public decency and morals are seriously considered. Kissing and hugging in public is a crime against public morality and can result in jail time, however holding hands in public is acceptable for married couples.


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