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The weekend used to be Thursday and Friday, changing in 2006 to Friday and Saturday to bring the UAE more in line with the rest of the world. In several other parts of the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen), the weekend is still Thurs-Fri. It still feels a little strange going back to work and school on Sunday.
Most ‘normal’ clothing is tolerated in Dubai as long as it is not too outrageous – although to be respectful of the UAE culture, some people only wear tops that cover their shoulders to go shopping. And you wouldn’t want to reveal your midriff or your ‘bits that are best left hidden’ in public as this would cause offence.
- Public displays of affection – kissing and hugging is considered an offence against public decency
- Sex outside marriage – even expats must be married to live together
- Dancing in public – allowed at home and in licensed clubs, but classed as indecent and provocative in public
- Drinking at home without an alcohol licence
- Bringing certain things into the country, including some prescription medicines, anti-Islamic material and pork products
- Photographing locals, especially women, without permission
- Flipping another driver off on the roads
~ Interviewed August 2012
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