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5 Things every expat must know in UAE

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


UAE stands expats dream offering chance prosper financially

UAE stands out as an expat's dream, offering the chance to prosper financially and socially. Every expat needs to be aware of the benefits and challenges.UAE is well known for its tolerance and respect towards all faiths and beliefs.

Expatriates need to be well versed with the rules and regulations, the fines and penalties for violations, etc. Apart from that, there are a few things that might sound silly but are  important to follow to lead a peaceful life in the UAE. They are as follows;

Consumption of alcohol and drugs

Non-Muslims above 21 years of age are permitted to consume alcohol or alcoholic beverages in private spaces and licensed venues, but government regulations control the usage and quantity. Tourists can also purchase alcohol after registering at licensed alcohol stores. Driving under the influence of alcohol leads to imprisonment, regardless of the blood alcohol percentage. While smoking is banned in public areas, designated smoking areas are available throughout the city. The use of drugs is forbidden in the UAE, and there is a zero-tolerance policy for drug use, including narcotics.

Indecent activities & Public Display of Affection (PDA)

UAE prohibits and punishes making vulgar gestures at someone, stripping in public, clicking pictures of people and prohibited places without consent, creating a public nuisance, using the ‘F word’ or showing vulgar gestures, etc. Any public exhibit of vulgarity or disrespect towards the government, businesses, and people can cost you beyond imagination. UAE’s rules do not permit obscene or disrespectful acts. Cursing in any form is insulting. PDAs like kissing, cuddling, and hugging are against the law.

Traffic rules

UAE follows the black point system. Drivers should be cautious, as slight negligence can cost you your entire salary. There is no escape from paying the fines as vehicles are monitored and sensed from all sides. Along with this, pedestrians must abide by specific laws when using the roads. For example, they must only cross at zebra crossings and obey all traffic signals.  

Clothing restrictions

Expats residing in Dubai must ensure they dress modestly and exhibit appropriate decorum towards the local UAE culture. One should be mindful of their attire when in public to avoid chances of being penalized for public obscenity. While swimwear is acceptable on beaches and within pools, thongs or topless sunbathing is regarded as inappropriate. Being naked in public is a serious crime. 

Employment-related rules and schemes

If you're traveling to the UAE for work, you should be aware of the necessary permits, licenses, and other vital documents to bring. The job offer letter from the employer and, if available, the job offer letter from the MoHRE must be carried by expats. Keep a copy of your passport and any entrance permits issued by immigration officials. Expats should save their current copies of their passports, visas, work contracts with their ministries and employers, financial documents, company information, residential address, etc. 

 Respect all religion

UAE supports all religions and accords equality to all social groups. The UAE's official religion is Islam. Guidelines must be followed to prevent misunderstandings. In the UAE, it is against the law to disparage any religion, faith, or belief in any way. Offensive comments about religion are against the law.  Such an act can land you in deep trouble. You are not allowed to post your views on social media about religious matters which could hurt others. Do not violate practiced traditions, conventions, or heritage in any form.  

UAE has become the most livable country. It provides an outstanding level of well-being, encompassing housing, healthcare, education, and advanced infrastructure. The UAE is a forward-thinking nation that is advancing rapidly and has a promising future.

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