11 things Indians should never do in the UAE

11 things Indians should never do in the UAE
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Published: 3 April 2017 - 9 a.m.

The Consulate General of India in Dubai has put up an advisory for Indians moving to UAE on its website.

‘Local laws and administration in the UAE differ significantly from those in India. To provide safe and comfortable living to all residents of UAE comprising multi-nationalities, the laws are implemented strictly. It is strongly advised to familiarise yourself with UAE laws and Customs, before coming here or transiting through the UAE,” the consulate said in its statement.

It then goes on to list number of dos and don’ts Indians must follow while travelling/staying in UAE.

Which are as follows:
Dos
1. Always keep your passport and visa valid. In fact ensure that your Passport is valid at least more than six months always.
2. Keep all your cheque books, credit cards, and other financial documents in your personal safe custody; misuse of these even by anyone can cause trouble for account holder.
3. Islam is the major religion in the UAE; everyone should respect Muslims’ prayer 5 times a day.
4. Familiarise yourself with local laws and their impact on your personal circumstances before you travel.
5. Cross the road only from the designated pedestrian crossings and take particular care as vehicles will not always give way.
6. Must obtain a valid work permit from the UAE Ministry of Labour before taking up any form of employment in the UAE.
7. Before travelling to UAE, take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.
8. Respect the UAE's national symbols, flag and other national symbols.
9. Show special considerations during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting: it is not allowed to drink, eat or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset.
10. Keep the ID card with you at all times.
11. Before leaving the UAE, you must cancel your work visa and settle everything, including bank account, credit card, phone connection, etc.

Don’ts
1. Don’t sign any cheque unless you have balance of the same amount in your bank account.
2. Don’t misbehave with women; indulge in unwanted conversation, prolonged stares, ogling, glaring, shouting, touching, stalking or any other comments or other such behaviour that may offend and are considered harassment.
3. Do not take photograph of any one especially women, families, govt. buildings, etc.
4. Do not carry any medicine / drug without checking the list of restricted drugs or seeking approval from Ministry of Health,
UAE.
5. Do not drive without a valid driving license of UAE nor drink and drive.
6. No begging, it is strictly prohibited.
7. Do not be unpleasant with regard to the Islam or ruling family.
8. Do not Post photos on social media of local incidents, such as building fires and storm damage, can be considered a crime. It is strongly advice travellers and residents in the UAE to take particular care not to cause offence, including on social media.
9. Do not smoke in public buildings, it is illegal.
10. Do not indulge in any kind of fraudulent practices (e.g.; cheques without funds and non-payment of bills) are regarded as extremely serious offences and may result in imprisonment and fines.
11. All sexual relations outside marriage is illegal and punishable. Adultery, cohabitation, homosexual activity and cross dressing are illegal in the UAE and can result in a fine, prosecution, imprisonment and deportation

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