The United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is a Muslim state that has a culture and a legal system based largely on Sharia law. As travellers to the UAE, it is always worth familiarising yourself with the laws, rules and customs so you don’t find yourself unexpectedly in trouble. Here is everything all travellers need to know about Sharia Law when travelling to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or the wider United Arab Emirates.
Travellers to the United Arab Emirates do have to be more aware of cultural rules and norms than many other destinations, and the question of what travellers can and can’t wear in the UAE, especially in the tourist hotspots of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. So here are some helpful hints and guidance on what to wear in the United Arab Emirates so you can dress appropriately and avoid trouble.
Dubai is known for its glitzy shopping malls and mass tourism forays into glamorous high end lifestyles, not exactly the comfort zone of most independent travellers or backpackers, but there are some options for the more adventurous too.