Dubai might look like a luxury playground due to its abundance of high-class properties, hotels and resorts, but this city may not be as liberal as you would think. Dubai is still a part of the United Arab Emirates, meaning the Muslim culture is still deeply observed in the city.
You can have a wonderful time in Dubai, just as long as you follow all their rules. Here are some of the things you shouldn't do here.
Dressing inappropriately. Even if the weather is kind of hot, women must not, at all times, wear crop tops, short shorts or any clothing that doesn't cover your whole body. Muslims dress conservatively, therefore as a visitor, you must follow this rule as well. Men also have a specific dress code, and relaxed clothing such as sandos and board shorts are not allowed in public.
Displaying affection in public. Public display of affection is a serious offense in Dubai, so if you're a couple visiting the city, try to shy away from each other a little bit and avoid hugs and stolen kisses especially in public. Sex out of wedlock is illegal by law, and your cute moments with your partner might lead you to deportation or imprisonment.
Drinking in public. Dubai, compared to other Islam countries, is quite relaxed about alcohol consumption. But still, you should only drink in the designated areas of the city, which are mostly in hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Drinking in café's or sidewalks may not be a great idea.
Saying foul words. If you enjoy your freedom of speech in the West, you might restrain yourself here in Dubai. Cursing and other forms of profanities is a serious offense, and off-handed jokes will not be taken lightly. Several foreigners have gotten themselves in trouble because of this, so make sure to always watch your language, especially in public.