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Culture and customs

United Arab Emirates is a majority Muslim country in which Sharia Law (Islamic religious law) is the source of law.

It is forbidden to drive a car under influence of alcohol. Also drinking alcohol in public places and staying in public places after drinking alcohol is not allowed and you may be fined or detained.

It is forbidden to take pictures of anyone, women in particular, without prior permission.

It is not advisable to go into a mosque if you are a non-Muslim.

There are mosques welcoming visitors, the most famous of which is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, but the right outfit is required.

Ladies: headscarf; long trousers or skirts and long sleeves. Clothing should be not transparent and revealing. Please note: It is not possible to borrow an outfit on the spot if accompanied by a tour guide.

Gentlemen: long trousers, shirt with covered shoulders. There must be no images of people and animals on the clothes.

Children under the age of 10 years dress freely.

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