Most people who travel to Dubai do so either seeking a job or to enjoy their vacations. Although there are tons of activities that you can do in Dubai for amusement, there are also some that could get you into deep trouble. If you plan to visit Dubai for business or pleasure, here are some of the do's and don’ts that you must keep in mind to make your trip a memorable one as well as safe.
If you think you can fly over to Dubai, get yourself stoned and wasted, and then go on a rampage tearing across town, you are sadly mistaken. Doing drugs, drinking, or even possessing narcotics or alcohol can land you in deep trouble in Dubai. If suspected of possession or consumption, you can end up spending a good few days in the lock up. If you are proved guilty, you will either be jailed or immediately deported after a heavy fine is levied upon you. So, when in Dubai, say NO to crack, pot, or booze and you'll be just fine!
Another precaution you simply must take in Dubai is following traffic rules. Many a times in your home country, you may have broken the speed limit on your way to work, being fully aware of the consequences as well as the ineptitude of the law enforcement. In Dubai, something as benign and harmless as running a red light or crossing the speed limit can get you in the bad books of the 'Shurta' - the local law enforcement body. Shurta are the Middle Eastern equivalent of Texas Ranger. In appearance, they look like a cross between a powerlifter and a bouncer - so they are tall, heavy, and scary. Believe me, you don't want to get in their bad books. So do yourself a favor and follow traffic rules!
Of course, it goes without saying that, when in Dubai, you should dress decently and appropriately at public areas. It is common for foreigners to dress inappropriately in public because they are ignorant to the laws of Dubai but they soon learn the error of their way - that too at a heavy price. While sporting a swimsuit or flaunting a six-pack is completely legal when you are at the beach, daring to do the same at the Emirates Mall or on Sheikh Zayed Road is akin to inviting a world of pain.