The UAE Warning For Travelers


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Dubai is a fascinating and wonderful place. This city has so much to offer that many tourists from all over the world visit it. It’s a vast city, which is full of modern and traditional elements. There are some things you should be aware of before you travel to Dubai. These warnings are in Arabic, but the language is generally English.

Travel To Dubai Can Be Hazardous

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The first warning is that travel to Dubai can be hazardous at times. Many countries, including the United States, have reported being attacked by Al Qaeda and Taliban sympathizers. The United States has designated the UAE as a threat to international terrorism. Therefore, there have been several attacks on tourist centers in the country. In one case, a Swedish national was murdered while he was dining in a restaurant in Dubai.

Be Very Cautious

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Another warning is to be very cautious if you plan on going to Dubai with your family or a friend. The country has an active terrorist presence. The country has a few mosques which are considered terrorist organizations. The government does not protect its citizens’ rights, and anyone can be arbitrarily arrested or accused of participating in activities deemed a terrorist. There have also been reports of torture and deaths from Egyptian and Saudi authorities.

Wary Of Traveling During Ramadan

Another warning is to be very wary of traveling during Ramadan. The month of Ramadan comes out about ten days after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During this time, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to sunset. Some countries, such as Egypt, implement a three-day fast. If you plan to travel to Dubai during Ramadan, you should keep in mind that your meals will be severely limited during this time.

Counterfeit Arab Money

The fourth warning involves the use of counterfeit Arab money in the country. You should avoid exchanging any money for cash in Dubai, as the rates are very high, and it’s easy to get cheated. It’s essential only to carry cash for purchases and it’s possible to become a victim of identity theft. The fifth warning relates to the use of cell phones while traveling in the country. It’s possible to receive calls while traveling, so it’s best to have a second phone for use. This is especially true during emergencies. You should also avoid paying with traveler’s cheques and credit cards in the country. It’s a good idea to carry a few thousand dollars cash in the form of cash, traveler’s checks, or bank transfers.

Sexual Relationships Outside Of Marriage

The sixth and seventh warning involves sexual relationships outside of marriage. If you’re over 18, a UAE national, and intend on having a sexual affair, you can expect trouble. This applies both to women and men. It’s illegal for a UAE national to have sex outside of marriage. If found, you face severe penalties, including jail time. The last warning relates to fraud. Someone can steal personal information, such as your social security number, from an expatriate’s home. Thieves can also obtain credit card information from ATMs in the country. These are all serious crimes that you should take seriously if planning to travel to the country.

Planning To Bring Along Your Family And Spouse?

If you plan to bring along your family and spouse, or perhaps two or more, you should be especially careful when carrying money or any valuable items. There have been numerous reports of stolen money from tourists who traveled to the country. Additionally, you might want to consider bringing family members using a standard payment method such as Western Union.

Some More Caution!

Another caution you should heed before traveling to the country is regarding security. Any reputable tour agency will be more than happy to provide security and other assistance if needed. However, there are specific locations in the country where crime is common. For instance, all travel agencies in Dubai advise against traveling to the Abu Dhabi region, which is considered a high-risk area. Security measures are usually very tight in this area.

In The End

The last warning relates to alcohol consumption. The UAE prohibits the consumption of alcohol within any establishment, whether public or private. Although alcohol can be purchased at most restaurants and bars, alcohol consumption is prohibited throughout the country. The penalties for consuming alcohol in the UAE can carry fines and even up to a prison sentence.

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