Abu Dhabi

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Found 18th Mar
Shall be there for 3 full days, any advice would be very welcome as I have never been before! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO ANYONE WHO RESPONDS!!
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Good advice (?) for Saudi Arabia, but this is for Abu Dhabi.
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Very liberal place, just have fun, bit like Las Vegas
Edited by: "davewave" 18th Mar
Great place lots to do but just respect the laws and youll be okay
Hi mousey, you off globetrotting again Hope you have a wonderful time while you're there
Banned: Porn
Having porn on your phone, tablet or computer could land you in seriously hot water if you touched down in Saudi Arabia. Even illustrations of scantily dressed people, especially women, is banned.

Guess what? Customs officials can and will scan your phone for any pictures they deem to be inappropriate and then confiscate your equipment.

Banned: Taking pictures of buildings
You're on holiday so you're going to snap pictures all the time, right? WRONG. Photographing government buildings, military installations, and palaces is not allowed.

One should also avoid photographing local people - especially Saudi Arabian men without their permission - and don't point a camera in the direction of women.

Banned: Eating, drinking or smoking in public
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is a whole four weeks of fasting. Therefore it's forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan.

Banned: Sausage sandwiches
Talking of eating and drinking, don't expect to tuck into a full English breakfast every morning with a side of bacon, sausages and black budding. Importing pork products is forbidden, therefore making pork a banned substance.

Banned: Wearing anything red on Valentine’s Day
It been reported that flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on Valentine's Day. The rule was decided by the 'Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice' (CPVPV) It's thought the 'holiday' is not an Islamic occasion and it may lead people astray.

Banned: Going to the cinema
If you want to see the latest James Bond movie in SA you actually have to leave the country - why not make a weekend of it? It's thought cinemas are breading grounds for men and women to mingle unsupervised, This could lead to immoral actions outside the realm of marriage.

Many SAs take the short trip to Bahrain to watch movies.

Banned: Learning a musical instrument at school
The piano always looks good on a person's CV but if you want to learn as a child it has to be private tutorials. Music lessons are forbidden in public forums and therefore, if you want to learn, it has to be done 'underground'.

Banned: Going to the gym if you're a woman
If you're worried about your muffin top as a woman you want to hope you've got a flight of stairs in your house to run up and down. Private gyms for women WERE allowed to operate until recently when the Religious Police closed them down.

Banned: Worshipping any religion other than Islam
Believing in any other religion than Islam is frowned upon by Saudi Arabian officials. In fact, it's against the law for non-Muslims to worship in public - and you won't find a Church in the whole country. If anyone converts from Islam or abandons religion they face the death penalty.

Banned: Driving, only if you're a woman
Fancy a drive as a woman? Sure thing - as long as it's in the desert or inside private compounds, you're all good. If you need to go anywhere else, however, you'll have to get a driver because women are banned from driving.

It's thought it may cause women to leave their houses more often than they need to - possibly for uncouth reasons.

Banned: Having a drink on the aeroplane en route to Saudi Arabia
Do not arrive in Saudi Arabia under the influence of alcohol - and definitely do not have a drink on the plane. Penalties for the possession of, or trade in alcohol are severe, and both result in prison sentences.
Good advice (?) for Saudi Arabia, but this is for Abu Dhabi.
Saudi Arabia is more strict but most of those apply. Taking Paracetamol is banned as well
which I never knew (to Dubai) but thankfully, no one checked my luggage until I came back to UK.
Writing a bounced cheque will land you in jail as well.


Click me for Government Advice going there.
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davewave1 h, 2 m ago

Banned: PornHaving porn on your phone, tablet or computer could land you …Banned: PornHaving porn on your phone, tablet or computer could land you in seriously hot water if you touched down in Saudi Arabia. Even illustrations of scantily dressed people, especially women, is banned. Guess what? Customs officials can and will scan your phone for any pictures they deem to be inappropriate and then confiscate your equipment. Banned: Taking pictures of buildings You're on holiday so you're going to snap pictures all the time, right? WRONG. Photographing government buildings, military installations, and palaces is not allowed. One should also avoid photographing local people - especially Saudi Arabian men without their permission - and don't point a camera in the direction of women. Banned: Eating, drinking or smoking in publicRamadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is a whole four weeks of fasting. Therefore it's forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan.Banned: Sausage sandwichesTalking of eating and drinking, don't expect to tuck into a full English breakfast every morning with a side of bacon, sausages and black budding. Importing pork products is forbidden, therefore making pork a banned substance. Banned: Wearing anything red on Valentine’s DayIt been reported that flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on Valentine's Day. The rule was decided by the 'Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice' (CPVPV) It's thought the 'holiday' is not an Islamic occasion and it may lead people astray. Banned: Going to the cinemaIf you want to see the latest James Bond movie in SA you actually have to leave the country - why not make a weekend of it? It's thought cinemas are breading grounds for men and women to mingle unsupervised, This could lead to immoral actions outside the realm of marriage. Many SAs take the short trip to Bahrain to watch movies.Banned: Learning a musical instrument at schoolThe piano always looks good on a person's CV but if you want to learn as a child it has to be private tutorials. Music lessons are forbidden in public forums and therefore, if you want to learn, it has to be done 'underground'. Banned: Going to the gym if you're a womanIf you're worried about your muffin top as a woman you want to hope you've got a flight of stairs in your house to run up and down. Private gyms for women WERE allowed to operate until recently when the Religious Police closed them down. Banned: Worshipping any religion other than IslamBelieving in any other religion than Islam is frowned upon by Saudi Arabian officials. In fact, it's against the law for non-Muslims to worship in public - and you won't find a Church in the whole country. If anyone converts from Islam or abandons religion they face the death penalty.Banned: Driving, only if you're a womanFancy a drive as a woman? Sure thing - as long as it's in the desert or inside private compounds, you're all good. If you need to go anywhere else, however, you'll have to get a driver because women are banned from driving. It's thought it may cause women to leave their houses more often than they need to - possibly for uncouth reasons. Banned: Having a drink on the aeroplane en route to Saudi ArabiaDo not arrive in Saudi Arabia under the influence of alcohol - and definitely do not have a drink on the plane. Penalties for the possession of, or trade in alcohol are severe, and both result in prison sentences.


Most informative, glad it's just a stop-over en route to home from Melbourne.... think we might not leave the hotel after reading your lengthy reply. Makes me realise that despite our own issues, what a great wee place Northern Ireland is! Appreciate your advice and taking the time and effort, thanks, Mousey
When you step out of the airport your going to feel like your underneath a hot swimming pool, it’s a very weird sensation. Just be ready for that
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summerof764 h, 55 m ago

Hi mousey, you off globetrotting again Hope you have a wonderful …Hi mousey, you off globetrotting again Hope you have a wonderful time while you're there


Hi Summer, yes off to Melbourne to visit family, had not intended to visit so soon as they only moved there last year but unfortunately our son was diagnosed with Non-hodgkins lymphoma but his treatment is finished and results are very good - thought us visiting might be supportive as it's difficult when there are so many airmiles between here and Oz. Thanks for posting, keep warm! Mousey
I worked there for a while it’s fun go into the desert Alcohol is easier to get than in Dubai but it’s ok the mall is limited but for a few days to sit by pool is ok. It’s better than Dubai I think as less buildings and chavs. The mosque is impressive
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KellyWoodhead3 m ago

I worked there for a while it’s fun go into the desert Alcohol is easier …I worked there for a while it’s fun go into the desert Alcohol is easier to get than in Dubai but it’s ok the mall is limited but for a few days to sit by pool is ok. It’s better than Dubai I think as less buildings and chavs. The mosque is impressive


Thank you! I think we shall definitely visit the Mosque the photo's look very impressive indeed!
Visit Ferrari World
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Toptrumpet1 m ago

Visit Ferrari World


That sounds good, thanks!
The islands where thr st Regis hotel is good if you want to see turtles . Abu Dhabi far less built up than Dubai and less of a shopping destination. YAs where Ferrari works is is where the major tourist malls are
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KellyWoodhead57 m ago

The islands where thr st Regis hotel is good if you want to see turtles . …The islands where thr st Regis hotel is good if you want to see turtles . Abu Dhabi far less built up than Dubai and less of a shopping destination. YAs where Ferrari works is is where the major tourist malls are


Thank-you, Mousey
Don't touch anyone accidently (man or woman), that's a prison sentence right there.
You can visit the corniche area, near the beach, with the marina mall.
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arjanvirdi32 m ago

You can visit the corniche area, near the beach, with the marina mall.


Thank-you!!
People in Dubai don’t like the Flintstones
But people in Abu Dhabi do
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