10 Things NOT to Do in Abu Dhabi
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If you’re in the mood for a vacation unlike any other, then the United Arab Emirates can truly deliver. Though the country’s most populous city, Dubai, gets most of the attention, there’s still plenty to see in Abu Dhabi . But before you go, check out these things not to do in Abu Dhabi.
1. Don’t Rent a Hotel Room Right Next to a Mosque
In Abu Dhabi, there’s a call to prayer five times a day. This call is particularly louder closest to mosques. So, unless you want to be up before the sunrise every morning, it’s probably best to pick a hotel room in a quieter part of town.
2. Don’t Expect to Get Anywhere Quickly
Abu Dhabi has about 2.7 million people crammed into a small oasis in the desert. It’s congested at the best of times, but during rush hour and on the weekends, traveling across Abu Dhabi can be like moving through mud.
3. You Can Drink in Abu Dhabi, But Don’t Go Overboard
There are some places in the city where you can find alcohol if you’re dead set on getting some. However, make absolutely sure that you’re only consuming in locations that allow it; outside bars, certain restaurants, and a selection of hotels, drinking is a big no-no.
4. Just Say ‘No’
The country’s authorities take illegal drugs very seriously, and pretty much everything is illegal, even some prescription drugs that are totally fine in America. You can spend several years in jail just because you needed to get your hands on a little hash.
5. Don’t Expect a Ton of Interaction with the Opposite Sex
Society in the United Arab Emirates is somewhat segregated by sex. It’s not a matter of oppression as much as it is a matter of respect. So, if you’re a lady who sits down next to a man on a public bus in Abu Dhabi, there’s a chance he’ll move away.
6. Don’t Go to Abu Dhabi During Ramadan
Don’t go unless you’re a Muslim hoping to get closer to your faith. This month is focused on introspection, fasting, and prayer. It’s a big deal to them, and they don’t need you hanging out at a bar and getting obnoxious because you’re on vacation.
7. Don’t Engage in PDA
Large, public displays of affection are very frowned upon. Though you won’t end up in the slammer, if you and your spouse kiss each other or hug each other too tightly, you might find an authority figure tapping you on the shoulder as a gentle reminder.
8. Don’t Be a Gutter Mouth
Seriously, keep it clean in Abu Dhabi. Not only should you avoid cursing and making inappropriate gestures, but you absolutely can’t bash ANY religion as its considered deeply offensive.
9. Don't Be Public About your Homosexuality
This one undoubtedly sucks rocks, but there it is. The United Arab Emirates’ government is extremely close-minded to the point where public homosexuality is actually really frowned upon.
10. Watch What Clothes You Pack
Make sure you keep the tank tops, short shorts, and thongs at home. You won’t be expected to wear traditional garb, but you could get in trouble if your clothing is too revealing. At the beach you should be fine with a one-piece bathing suit.
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