Did you Know that you could get fined, imprisoned and or deported for:
Transporting Alcohol without appropriate License
Possession of some prescription pain killers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants drugs and any other narcotics even if consumed the previous day before arriving in the UAE
Drinking or being under the effect of alcohol outside designated areas such as licensed Restaurant/bars/hotels
Driving without a UAE driving license, once you become a resident
Driving under the effect of Alcohol (even if consumed the previous night or in the shape of a crepe “Flambe”)
Eating, drinking or smoking in public spaces during daylight in Ramadan
PDA (Public Displays of Affection)
Sexting, or sending emails containing Nudity material
Pregnant and not married
Swearing, insulting using vulgar language and use of aggressive or offensive gestures
Bouncing a Cheque
Working without labour permit
Dubai is a city in the Emirate of Dubai which is a constituent of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) located on southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the Federation of the Seven Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm al- Quwain).
The United Arab Emirates dirham (AED- unofficially abbreviated to Dhs) is the currency of the UAE and is pegged to the USD (1 U.S. dollar = 3.67 AED).
Both Local and International Banks are located in Dubai and ready to look after your money for you, offering savings accounts through to off-shore accounts, personal loans and credit-cards.
In general, a valid UAE Residence Visa is required by all banks in Dubai to open up a bank account. Your employer may want you to open an account with a particular bank to facilitate the payment of your salary.
UTC/GMT + 4. There is no change in time keeping between summer and winter.
12% of the population of the UAE is local (Emirati). Asians are the vast majority of the expat resident population with Indians representing 50% of all foreigners living in Dubai.
Utilities & Telecommunications
The voltage in Dubai is 220 V (UK style 3 pin plug). Electricity and water are provided by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and gas canisters mainly used in stoves is home delivered by many private companies
The two Telecommunication Service providers are DU and Etisalat with both offering home packages (TV + landline+ broadband Internet up to 100-300 Mbps) and 4G LTE mobile networking.
Driving is on the right hand side. Car shops are plenty and many used-car shops buy cars for cash on spot, making the second hand market a very dynamic one with great bargain opportunities. Cars are less expensive than in most countries and run on petrol/ gasoline which is also quite cheap.
Rent-a-cars offer great short and long term renting/leasing plans.
Most freeways in Dubai are free of charge with the exception of the main Dubai Motorway which crosses the whole of Dubai (Sheik Zayed road- SZR), where Salik (an electronic road Toll) has been implemented. Motorists are required to buy a pre-paid card that is affixed to their windscreens.
Residents in Dubai need to apply for a UAE driving License.
Public Transportation has seen impressive development in the recent years with the addition of the Metro lines connected to the bus network and its air conditioned bus stops.
Taxis are cheap, plentiful, readily available and can also be easily booked through the hotline of the RTA (Road Taxi Authority).
Dubai’s health services are internationally recognized to be of good quality and comparable to other developed countries.
There is a large network of both Public and private hospitals.
The Dubai government, under its public healthcare service, provides free or very low cost health services to all residents through the public hospitals.
Health Insurance is Mandatory for all workers.
Many expats have through their employers access to private health coverage Insurance and opt for the Private health system.
Dubai Private health care system offers a wide range of Modern hospitals with state of the art equipment, and with doctors coming from all over the world. Dubai HealthCare city is a whole “city neighbourhood” dedicated to healthcare excellence and patient care.
There are many private and public schools.
Primary and secondary education in the Public schools is free of cost for all Emiratis and compulsory.
The more than 100 private schools in Dubai offer different curricula such as British, American, French, German, Indian, International Baccalaureate (IB), etc.
Many foreign accredited universities have been set up in Dubai International Academic City.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) licenses educational institutes and performs yearly inspections. It then ranks the schools from poor to outstanding. Most “Good” and “outstanding” schools have extensive waiting lists.
Islam is the official religion of Dubai, and the emirate is known for its tolerance and respect for all religions. Visitors and residents must however abide by certain etiquette and code of conduct, respect Islam and the rules of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims. During Ramadan, Dubai becomes more conservative than during the other 11 months of the year.
Below is a list of a few guidelines to follow during Ramadan period:
It is illegal to eat (this includes chewing gum), drink (this includes water) or smoke in public during daylight hours (including in your car).
It is respectful and polite to dress more conservatively during Ramadan, shoulders and legs should be covered.
Any alcohol related offences will probably be treated much more severely than outside the month of Ramadan.
Car stereos should be turned down - loud music is disrespectful.
Traffic jam times change - the morning is not much different but afternoons from 13:00 -16:00 is quite busy, and again just before Iftar as many people are trying to get to a desired location for Iftar. Every year there are numerous accidents and requests from Police to drive carefully at the time. For an hour or so just after Iftar, and from 16:00 to an hour or so before Iftar, the roads are relatively traffic-free.
Muslims will only work till 15:00 during the month of Ramadan.
All employees are able to leave work two hours earlier during this month as per UAE Labour Laws.
No public displays of affection as this will definitely be frowned upon, you may even be reprimanded by Police.
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