Tips for visiting Dubai


Tipping is not expected, but is common practice. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Most restaurants add service charges to the bill. If this charge is not included, add 10 percent to the total bill.


Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for cooler nights and air-conditioned premises. Although the dress code in the UAE is generally casual, guests in the larger hotels do tend to dress more formally in the evening.

Since the UAE is a Muslim country, bikinis, swimsuits, shorts and revealing tops should be confined to beach resorts.

Women are usually advised not to wear short skirts and to keep their shoulders covered.


Many of the restaurants are located within hotels as these are the only places where you can drink alcohol with your meal (apart from a few associations and private clubs). You can go as expensive or as affordable as you like: either way, you will be guaranteed hygiene as the Municipality carries out regular checks on food outlets.