24 most frequently asked questions about Dubai.

While visiting Dubai several times and also writing articles about it, I noticed people asking a lot of questions when they are planning a holiday here. These questions are repeating and don’t need an explanation for one whole article. Therefore I decided to put the 24 most frequently asked questions about Dubai in one article so that you can find them here in one place.

 

1. Can ladies wear shorts in Dubai?

Yes, ladies can wear shorts in Dubai. However, I would avoid very short shorts that can show more than enough. Also, shorts should not be worn in shopping malls. Plus it is very cold in the shopping malls, so it is better to wear something to avoid being cold. To get more info about dressing in Dubai, check my article here.

 

2. Is it expensive to live in Dubai?

Yes, Dubai is quite expensive to live in. If you really want to enjoy your life there, go out, and experience new things, then it is expensive. However, if you have a good salary, it is affordable as the salary is tax-free.

 

Roberto Cavalli Vodka in Cavalli nightclub

3. Can you drink alcohol in Dubai?

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Dubai, but only in places that are licensed to sell alcohol. For example hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. If you obtain a license, you can buy alcohol in shops that are selling alcohol and drink in your hotel room or at your home. You are not allowed to drink alcohol outside in public places. To find out more about the rules in Dubai, you can read my article here.

 

4. Is Christianity allowed in Dubai?

Yes, Christianity and other religions are allowed in Dubai. Dubai is an international city with over 80% expats. Dubai is open to all nationalities and all religions. There are Christian churches with Sunday Mass that people can attend.

 

5. Is salary tax-free in Dubai?

Yes, salaries are tax-free in Dubai and in the whole United Arab Emirates.

 

6. Can I drink tap water in Dubai?

No, do not drink tap water in Dubai. You can however use a kettle to boil it for tea or coffee.

 

7. Can unmarried couples stay in a hotel room in Dubai?

Yes, unmarried couples can stay in a hotel room or live in an apartment together in Dubai. The law has changed as it was not allowed before.

 

8. How safe is Dubai for tourists?

Dubai is very safe. Actually is one of the safest places in the world. Even at night, you can safely walk on the streets. You can read more about safety in my article here.

 

9. Can I buy condoms in Dubai?

Yes, you can buy condoms in Dubai.

 

Skyscrapers in Dubai

10. How much is the rent in Dubai?

This depends on the size of the flat and the location where you want to stay. For example, 2 bedroom flat can start from 40k AED per year in not lucrative locations and can go up to 150k AED per year in the best locations like Marina or JBR.

 

11. Does Dubai have nightclubs?

Yes, Dubai has nightclubs, actually, it has one of the best nightclubs. Check my article about nightlife in Dubai here.

 

12. Is chewing gum illegal in Dubai?

No, chewing gum is not illegal in Dubai. However, you are not allowed to chew gum, eat or drink on public transportation. Not following this rule can cause you a fine.

 

13. Can I use US dollars in Dubai?

I personally didn’t use US dollars in Dubai as I always changed them in exchange places that can be found in every mall or I used a card. Nevertheless, there are places that accept US dollars, like hotels and souks.

 

14. What is the best month to visit Dubai?

The best months to visit Dubai are March, April, September, October, and November. the weather is very nice, not too hot. Dubai is also popular during the winter months, December, January, and February but sometimes a little drop of rain or sandstorm can appear. Nothing dramatic though. Also, the sea is not that warm and at night you may need a thin sweater or jacket. Check my article when is the best time to go to Dubai here.

 

Shisha during desert safari Dubai

15. Can you smoke in Dubai?

Yes, of course, you can. Especially smoking shisha is very popular in Dubai.

 

16. What language is mostly spoken in Dubai?

Arabic and English are the main languages people speak in Dubai.

 

17. Can you live in Dubai without a car?

Yes if you don’t need it for your work. Meaning if you don’t have to visit your clients, you don’t need a car. There is great public transportation and taxis are used a lot too.

 

18. Can you go shirtless in Dubai?

No. You would cause yourself a big problem.

 

19. Can I live in Dubai without a job?

If you have a lot of money, you can. You will need to buy yourself a residency in order to live there.

 

20. How do people date in Dubai?

The same as everywhere in the world. 🙂

 

21. Can I kiss in Dubai?

No, kissing in public is not allowed in Dubai.

 

Arabic food

22. How much does a meal cost in Dubai?

It depends on what kind of meal and in what kind of restaurant. Fast food can go from 30 AED, and food in restaurants from 40 AED. I’m not talking about luxurious restaurants, but ordinary restaurants.

 

23. Do I have to wear a hijab in Dubai?

Definitely not.

 

24. What is not allowed in Dubai?

There are several things not allowed in Dubai. For example drinking on the streets, drinking and driving, drugs, eating, drinking and chewing gum on public transportation, kissing in public, wearing bikinis outside of the beach and pool areas, and taking pictures of other people without their permission. You can read more about what is not allowed in my article here.

 

Conclusion

These are the most frequently asked questions about Dubai. Of course, they are not all. Therefore if you have a question that is not mentioned here, please leave a comment below or contact me by email and I will answer you.

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