Dubai

Our trip to Dubai was super spontaneous. Mark surprised me with flight tickets, since I am pregnant with our first child and I might not be able to travel as much when our little one will be born. My pregnancy was going well so far and I was totally comfortable with flying and traveling.

It was my first time there and Dubai was incredible! I enjoyed walking through the streets of Dubai but since it was super super hot I prefered to stay at the pool or indoor where they had an AC. In the evenings we went out for dinner with friends and we also did a little “sightseeing tour”. After 6 pm the temperature was so much more tolerable than during the day. Nevertheless I was sweating a lot! We went to a really nice restaurant and they had one of the most incredible buffets I’ve seen in my life. From that restaurant you even had the perfect view on the Burj Khalifa – the highest building in the world.

On the weekend we went on top of the Burj Khalifa. It was a little scary because you could barely see the people and the cars down on the street – every other building wasn’t nearly as high as the Burj Khalifa! It was so high that I couldn’t stand at the edge of the platform and even my legs were shaking it was definitely worth an experience!

Even though Dubai is the most liberal city in the middle east there are things you definitely shouldn’t do when visiting Dubai:

  1. Alcohol
    It is against the law to drink alcohol while walking in the streets and being drunk in public places. There are licensed restaurant and bars where it is allowed to drink alcohol as a non-muslim or residents with an alcohol license! If you’ll get caught drunk on the street you can be arrested! Drunk driving is also an absolute no-go and if you are found with even the smallest trace of alcohol in your bloodstream you will be put into jail.
  2. Drugs
    ….are strictly forbidden – consuming and carrying! Even if you are just on a transit flight via Dubai, you should never carry any kind of narcotics! Buying and selling narcotics is considered a serious crime which will be punished by the death penalty. There are a number of products that are on the UAE’s list of banned substances and mustn’t be brought into the country. For example, ordinary OTC cold medicine which contains phenylephrine are forbidden even if they are allowed in the US (or in other countries). So be aware that some everyday items may also be banned. Definitely make sure you triple check all the medicine you’ll take with you.
  3. Sexual relationships
    It is not allowed to sleep with your partner outside of marriage. Cohabiting (including in hotels) is also illegal. However most hotels in Dubai don’t enforce the “Only-Married-Couples” rules.
    If you get pregnant outside of marriage in Dubai you and your partner can be arrested.
  4. Kissing
    Holding hands for married couples is tolerated but inappropriate. However, kissing or hugging in public is considered a violation of the local culture.
  5. Dress Code
    It is recommend for men and women to keep their shoulders (and knees) covered, especially women not to dress revealingly. Clothing shouldn’t be transparent. Also you shouldn’t wear anything that displays offensive slogans or pictures (same for tattoos!)

Just make sure you check the law before visiting Dubai and be aware to travel in a season where the heat is tolerable 😉 Otherwise enjoy your trip!!

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