UAE Dos and Donts

Dos and Don'ts of Etiquette in the UAE: A Guide for Visitors and Expats

1. Dress modestly and adhere to the local dress code.
2. Greet others with a warm handshake, as it is considered a sign of respect.
3. Respect the religious customs and traditions of the UAE.
4. Maintain punctuality and arrive on time for work or meetings.
5. Follow the established hierarchy and show deference to senior colleagues.
6. Use polite language and avoid offensive or inappropriate behavior.
7. Learn basic Arabic greetings and phrases to show an interest in the local culture.
8. Be polite and patient when dealing with government services or local businesses.
9. Keep your workspace clean and organized to maintain a professional environment.
10. Observe the strict alcohol laws and avoid consuming or being intoxicated during work hours.

1. Don't engage in public displays of affection, as it is considered inappropriate in the UAE.
2. Avoid criticizing or speaking negatively about the UAE or its government.
3. Don't consume pork or bring pork products to the workplace, as they are forbidden in Islam.
4. Refrain from discussing sensitive topics such as religion or politics unless invited to do so.
5. Don't engage in gossip or spread rumors about colleagues or superiors.
6. Avoid using offensive language or gestures that may be disrespectful to others.
7. Don't chew gum during meetings or conversations, as it is considered impolite.
8. Avoid excessive public displays of anger or frustration, as it is seen as disrespectful.
9. Don't disrespect local customs by wearing revealing or inappropriate clothing.
10. Avoid public displays of drunkenness or excessive partying, as it goes against local norms.
11. Don't consume food or drink in public during the holy month of Ramadan.
12. Avoid photographing government buildings, military installations, or individuals without permission.
13. Don't engage in public protests or political demonstrations, as they are not allowed.
14. Avoid offering or accepting alcohol as a gift unless you are certain it is appropriate.
15. Don't ignore or disrespect the guidance of superiors or local authorities.
16. Don't engage in aggressive driving or road rage. Follow traffic rules and regulations.
17. Avoid discussing personal or intimate matters with coworkers or superiors.
18. Don't interrupt or speak over others during meetings. Wait for your turn to speak.
19. Avoid using excessive hand gestures while communicating, as it may be misunderstood.
20. Don't refuse hospitality or food when offered by colleagues or hosts.

21. Don't be overly persistent when conducting business negotiations. Patience is valued.
22. Avoid scheduling meetings or making requests during prayer times.
23. Don't disregard environmental practices such as recycling and conservation efforts.
24. Avoid excessive use of mobile phones during work hours unless it's work-related.
25. Don't disregard the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene.
26. Avoid discussing or promoting competing religious beliefs in the workplace.
27. Don't publicly criticize or question the actions of your superiors.
28. Avoid making personal jokes or teasing coworkers, as it may not be well-received.
29. Don't assume familiarity with colleagues and use appropriate titles when addressing them.
30. Avoid engaging in activities that may be illegal or unethical in the UAE.

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