The attitude to drinking in Dubai is quite ambiguous. Despite the fact that every restaurant and bar serves a wide selection of beverages, their use is allowed in specially designated places only. Appearance on a street of the city in a drunken state is a violation of public order, and so in some cases such behavior can lead visitors to large fines.
Travelers should take into account a number of local rules of etiquette. When you enter a house or mosque do not forget to take your shoes off. Sending and receiving money, food and other items must be done with your right hand only.
Tourists are not allowed to photograph local people without their permission as this will be considered a sign of bad manners and disrespect. Women dressed in long black robes cannot be photographed due to religious reasons. Also, tourists are prohibited to take pictures of strategically important facilities (police stations, the city’s airport area or sea berths).
Do not forget to choose your clothes carefully when going for a walk. Extravagant and colorful apparel as well as too revealing clothes can cause confusion among other people. Visitors wearing too open or revealing clothes may be prohibited to enter the territory of religious sites and other attractions.
The best way to make phone calls to other cities and countries is to use special public phones that can be found close to all major shopping and entertainment centers. These pay phones are operated by plastic cards, which can be purchased at newsstands or in grocery stores. Calls from hotels are usually the most expensive ones.