Which? Holiday is offering tips for travellers on what’s acceptable behaviour in Dubai after a couple were found guilty of having sex on a beach there.
Michelle Palmer, from Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, from Bromley, London, were sentenced on 16 October to three months in jail and deportation from the Gulf state. They were also fined £160. The couple have appealed against the verdict, and a hearing is scheduled for 18 November, according to prosecutors.
The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country with local laws distinctly different from those in the UK. Public displays of affection are frowned upon.
What to do in Dubai
To get the best out of a holiday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, follow the advice below.
- Take care in the heat and sunshine – drink plenty of water and cover up with a high SPF sunscreen.
- Do take photos, but not of government buildings or military installations – this is illegal.
- Ensure that you dress modestly – women should cover up shoulders and legs and men should not walk around bare-chested.
- Do respect all local laws, traditions and religions at all times.
- Do check with the embassy if you need to take medicine with you and get a certificate from your GP if required.
- Do ensure that your passport is valid for more than six months from the date you enter the country.
What to avoid in Dubai
- Don’t engage in public displays of affection (people have even been arrested for kissing in public).
- Don’t drink alcohol outside designated areas – it is forbidden.
Which? Holiday has a full report with advice on travel etiquette in different countries.
The Foreign and Commonweath Office’s ‘Know Before You Go‘ website also offers useful tips to help you stay safe abroad.
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