Tips For Traveling In And Around The UAE

The United Arab Emirates is not just a place, it is an experience. It is full of incredible things to see and near unlimited ranges of things to do. There is something for literally anyone to enjoy. Of course, as with any foreign environment, you cannot just waltz in without knowing where you are going and what you are doing. Here are some tips for first timers to have in mind when going to this awe-inspiring middle eastern oasis.
Safety
The UAE is actually one of the safest places to visit across the globe. In fact, the international travel industry has twice declared that it is the world’s safest holiday destination. So, if there is one thing you do not need to worry about in the UAE, it’s personal safety.
Clothing
You must be respectful of the local culture and customs. This means that you should not wear anything skimpy or revealing except at resorts. Even on public beaches, this is not allowed. Aside from this, it is important to note that the weather is generally warm, so light materials are suitable, especially for the various activities you will be trying out, like taking quad bikes on a desert safari. However, nights can get a bit chilly, so prepare for this as well.
Opening Hours and Public Holidays
If you are planning to do some shopping, note that the opening hours are generally from 9 am to 1 pm and then from 4 pm to 9 pm, although in some areas, shops are open all day and sometimes late into the night. If you are going on that morning safari, you are best off trying for any day but Friday, as this is the Islamic day of rest. Public holidays are generally based according to the phases of the moon, which means that you may not be certain about a public holiday until just before they occur.
Other Regulations
There are some other regulations you must adhere to. You cannot bring certain medications into the country if they contain any of the banned chemicals, mostly anything containing a form of opiate. Check online for a more comprehensive list if you are unsure, and obtain an authenticated and notarized doctor’s prescription if you must have it with you. Any form of narcotic is banned. Non-Muslim adults are limited to a certain amount of alcohol at customs, but you should verify the precise amount shortly before leaving in case of any changes in regulation.
These are the main points you need to keep in mind if you are traveling to the UAE anytime soon. Keep all this in check and you should have a once in a lifetime experience.