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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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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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