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Dubai - Lifestyle & Culture

Whilst Dubai is a beautiful and fascinating city to visit, welcoming people from all backgrounds, this otherwise relatively tolerant society does have certain rules that it’s wise to observe and learn before your visit.

Overt displays of affection are frowned upon in Dubai, with interactions between men and women being particularly sensitive. In Dubai it is even frowned upon for a man to shake a woman’s hand whilst in public.

Dress code is another vitally important area you should inform yourself of. Women should ensure they wear a shawl over their shoulders when they are not on the beach, and refrain from wearing short skirts in public places.

The consumption of alcohol is also somewhat of a sensitive subject. You are only allowed to consume alcoholic beverages whilst in a licensed venue, whereas the consumption on the beach or in public places is strictly prohibited.

Old Dubai

For a true taste of this exotic land take a trip to Old Dubai. This area houses a group of relevant historic and cultural attractions. Places like the Dubai Museum, housed within the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort, offers up a comprehensive look at Arabian life alongside various textiles, glittering armaments, coins and art that trace the region’s history of over 3,000 years. With dramatic dioramas on display you get an insight of life in Dubai before it became a tourist haven.

Jumeirah Mosque

If you head towards Jumeirah Road you’ll find the Jumeirah Mosque, which is one of the few mosques open to tourists. As the largest in the city, guided tours of this beautiful building - with its elaborate interior decorations - will give you a fascinating insight into the Muslim religion. Wander past at night and marvel at its beauty as it is illuminated against the black night sky.

Nightlife

It’s not just the daytime, with its stunning backdrop and scorching heat, that makes Dubai an excellent holiday location. The nightlife is amazing too.

Drinking

At night head to downtown Dubai and party to the sound of Arabian and Western pop music, live concerts, street performers and the hustle and bustle of the souks. With the alcohol flowing freely in the various bars and clubs, Dubai will show you an excellent night out no matter where you go.

The British pub, Double-Decker, Al Murooj Rotana, is a friendly two-tiered sports venue with plasma screens and pool tables. A good way to kick-start your evening, it’s extremely popular with tourists and those travelling to Dubai on business.

Clubbing

Head over to the Jumeirah Beach complex for some of the city’s hottest clubs, such as 360, a renowned club, bar and lounge that looks like it’s been transported straight from Ibiza. Other popular hot spots here include Sanctuary and Zinc, which are excellent for lovers of house music as they blast the best house music until the early hours.

For a more R&B vibe head to the popular Ocean Club Dubai, which is extremely popular with tourists, whilst Long Bar, located at the Towers in the Financial Centre, is the longest bar in Arabia: with all manner of specialist beers, and a young, lively crowd.

Traditional Dubai

For a more authentic Arabian entertainment, The Address in Dubai Marina attracts cabaret singers, and a slightly older, more relaxed crowd. Elsewhere, the hotels own cocktail bars offer a touch of refined elegance, along with great views, as the majority are situated on the higher floors of the hotels.