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Rule of Conduct and Etiquette in Abu Dhabi

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Credit: Creative Commons/Antoine Taveneaux
Abu Dhabi has emerged as a vacationer’s paradise in the recent years due to huge developments in its tourism industry. But, in spite of being developed Abu Dhabi is still rooted in its age-old customs and beliefs. Read on to get a brief glimpse of the culture in Abu Dhabi.
Dress Code
Society in Abu Dhabi is quite conservative, so it is better if you wear clothes that are modest and which covers your legs, chest and midriff. Also, very short skirts are also a strict no-no when it comes to dressing in public. It is very common that ladies are asked to leave, if their dressing is deemed inappropriate.

Public Displays of Affection
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Credit: Creative Commons/Guérin Nicolas
There are many rules when it comes to the PDA in Abu Dhabi. PDA of any kind is forbidden if two persons are not related and are of opposite sex. Also, it is considered inappropriate if a woman greets someone by extending her hand first, women are expected only to reciprocate.

During Ramadan
As Abu Dhabi is a Muslim country, the codes of conduct during the month of Ramadan are very strict. Things like drinking, smoking and even eating publically are not allowed, and is considered disrespectful. It is advised to do the above mentioned things in private.

Alcohol
 
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Credit: Creative Commons/Magmar452
Alcohol consumption is permitted only if you have a license that allows you to do so, and only under certain circumstances. Also, you have to be in control of yourself and not cause any disturbance or trouble in the surroundings.

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