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Useful Tips for Traveling in UAE

Useful Tips for Traveling in UAE

When you want to travel anywhere in the world, you have to find useful information and learn about the place carefully to avoid trouble or bad situations. The post will show you useful tips and rules for traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is famous for strict regulations in daily life for all people who live there or want to visit. Therefore, before deciding to visit the UAE, you should read the post below for some tips on how to have a wonderful trip.

Drinking alcohol

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    Tourists cannot buy alcoholic drinks in supermarkets or grocery stores. Therefore, if you want to drink alcohol, you have to visit bars, restaurants, and clubs, because these places are licensed to sell these beverages. Furthermore, the legal drinking age is 21 in the United Arab Emirates, so if you are under 21, you should not attempt to purchase an alcoholic drink. If you do not obey this law, you will get in trouble with the local police. Drinking alcohol in public places can lead to imprisonment. In case guests are invited to visit native residents at home, homeowners should ensure that they have an alcohol license for the home.

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    Driving

    UAE laws are absolutely uncompromising when it comes to acts of drinking and driving. You will be fined and imprisoned if police discover any alcohol in your blood, even the smallest quantity. The fines for drinking and driving are very harsh, including confiscation of the vehicle. Furthermore, cameras and laser guns are installed in most streets and highways. The driver is required to wear a seat belt. If you cross the street and do not follow the proper markings, it is considered an illegal action, especially in Abu Dhabi. Guests may be fined if they do not know and obey the rules.

    Medications and narcotics

    Purchase, sale or possession of narcotics is a serious crime that carries a life sentence or the death penalty in the UAE. If an illegal drug is detected in your blood, you’ll face four years in a prison (at minimum) and deportation. This provision also applies to medicines containing sedatives or analgesics.

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    Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited in government buildings, offices, and shopping centers. Therefore, if you want to smoke, you should find an area reserved for smokers to do it.

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      Clothing

      Men have to wear long pants and women have to wear long skirts and avoid revealing body parts, especially a spot with a tattoo in public areas such as a shopping mall, restaurant or park. Displaying the nude form is prohibited, including sunbathing. You only wear swimsuits on the beach and not in the public sector, including on the way from the beach to the hotel.

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      In addition, tourists should not eat with the left hand, because in the Muslim conception, the left hand is not clean. You also should leave a little food on the plate after a meal because it is said to be more polite.

      Dancing

      Dancing in public areas is considered an impolite act, so tourists can only dance in a home or a club that is licensed for dancing.

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      Marriage relationships

      UAE prohibits couples from living together before marriage; extramarital relations are prohibited as well. Living together, even in a hotel, is seen as illegal. Therefore, almost all hotels in Dubai prohibit couples from staying together before marriage. For this reason, when checking into the hotel, you should indicate “husband/wife” rather than “boyfriend/fiancé” to prevent any problems that may occur.

      Showing affection in public

      You cannot hug or kiss in public areas. Holding hands is allowed only for a couple. Additionally, same-sex love is banned and regarded as a criminal offense; if this expression is seen, it could lead to sentencing.

      Although UAE has a lot of rules, it is still a wonderful and attractive place where tourists can enjoy special and interesting cuisine and culture. You should spend the time to visit at least once, and don’t forget to follow the above rules to avoid unexpected circumstances and have an unforgettable trip.

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      12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

      12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

      I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

      BS.

      After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

      Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

      I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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      There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

      Using Chemical Hair Dye

      I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

      Smoking

      Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

      Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

      When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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      If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

      Using Chemical Household Cleaners

      If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

      Using Mothballs

      When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

      Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

      I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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      Neglecting My Physical Health

      In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

      Drinking Alcohol

      Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

      De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

      I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

      Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

      I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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      Buying the Wrong Food

      I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

      While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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