Dubai Laws & Regulations

Every country has its own laws and regulations and it is very important to know and be aware of these most especially if you are planning to visit the place. In Dubai, the applicable laws and regulations are that of the UAE. Although Dubai is known for its modern and glamorous lifestyle, it is a Muslim country and the laws are quite conservative and it is strict in its moral and ethical code.

Please take note of the Following Dos and Don’ts in Dubai

Statement from the Dubai government: Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan and all visitors are welcome.  However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.”

Dubai has over 10 basic laws and regulation that everyone must know before visiting the country from Alcohol, smoking, driving, dancing in public areas, over the counter drugs, prohibited drugs, dress code, sexual relationship, traditions and more.


Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption is allowed only by Non-Muslims in licensed restaurant, bar, clubs, private venues ad at home (for residents who have acquired an alcohol license).  Tourists will not be able to purchase alcohol in general stores and supermarkets, etc., alcohol in these stores are for residents who have obtained the required liquor license to purchase alcohol for consumption in their own personal use at homes.

It is against the law to drink alcohol whilst walking in the street or to be drunk I a public place.  For those living in the UAE a special license must be obtained before purchasing alcohol from the exclusive, specialized licensed stress.  This license is only a permit for buying alcohol.  It does not give any immunity for alcohol related criminal offences.  It is an offense to carry alcohol in your car if you do not hold the special alcohol license.  If you come to the attention of the police you may be arrested, even though you may have purchased the alcohol legally.  Alcohol may only be consumed by over 21s.  Alcohol is not available in Sharjah.


Other information of the laws and regulations of Dubai may be read from the link above.

Banned items according to the Government of Dubai:

  1. All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc..).
  2. Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
  3. Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
  4. Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
  5. Gambling tools and machineries.
  6. Three layers fishing nets.
  7. Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
  8. Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
  9. Radiation polluted substances.
  10. Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
  11. Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
  12. Forged and duplicate currency.
  13. Cooked and home-made foods.
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