Dubai laws: The costly ‘expectation’ Britons need to follow on holiday in the UAE

Dubai laws: The costly ‘expectation’ Britons need to follow on holiday in the UAE

Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a host of traditions and laws Britons should clue up on before going on holiday. The UK Foreign Office advises they do so in order to be fully briefed about what are very different regulations to follow, for both residents and overseas visitors. If a handful of customs are not adhered to, including food consumption or sharing images and videos, Britons could face hefty fines or even jail sentences. One specific procedure they should also take note of when enjoying nights out in the UAE has now come to light.

Travel gurus at have flagged how Britons should take extra spending money when going out to dinner.

They told “Emirati cities like Dubai require a 10 per cent service charge be added to restaurant bills, but staff will still expect an additional 15 to 20 per cent tip to be gifted as a token of gratuity for their work.”

This means food out could end up costing tourist more than they think, so they should make sure they are prepared.

However, this should not prove a barrier to sampling the eclectic cosines Dubai has to offer, with a renowned mix of Iranian, Filipino, Yemeni, Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani and Afghan varieties.

The spokesperson added: “Brits could be having the time of their life on holiday and then suddenly find themselves in a sticky situation when they receive the bill in a restaurant or the taxi pulls over.

“To avoid any confusion about the correct tip to leave when on foreign soil, we’ve produced a comprehensive international guide to gratuities.”

Meanwhile, previously reported how Britons are forbidden from consuming one particular food item when in Dubai – whether in or out of a restaurant.

A travel blog centred on life in Dubai, called Expat Woman, has advised chomping on an innocuous bagel could lead to time behind bars.

It’s not just a plain version of the bready treat which causes problems though.

Cinnamon, chocolate and ordinary are all permitted – yet it is the poppy seed alternative which is a complete no no.

Eating these versions of the carbohydrate treat is a violation both of laws in Dubai, and the UAE as a whole.

It’s down to the fact poppy seeds are the origin of two drugs, these being opium and heroin.

The stringent drug laws in these countries mean a traveller who has the item in their possession – whether or not they plan to eat it – will be arrested for drug possession.

A lengthy jail sentence could then follow.

Previously, a Swiss man was jailed for possessing just three poppy seeds which he had transported with him to Dubai.

Published at Mon, 06 May 2019 16:27:00 +0000