Dubai is a huge holiday hotspot for Britons seeking warmer climes in the temperamental springtime weather. The country, as is the case in the wider United Arab Emirates states, is subject to strict rules, regulations and customs steeped in tradition. This means those visiting would be best advised to double-check laws before travelling. One holiday activity, which is particularly commonplace but may get Britons in steep trouble, is taking pictures of government buildings.
This, coupled with selfies outside courts, military areas and lavish palaces could also see Britons fined or detained in the country, to face criminal charges.
The country’s laws forbid such pictures, with plane spotting also regarded as a similar offence.
Prison sentences can range from one to three months in jail or fine of up to Dh5,000, according to lawyer Yousef Al Bahar.
In a chat reported on website thenational.ae, he advised British holidaymakers to familiarise themselves with the very different photography laws by reading a book prior to travel.
He said: “In most of the areas, like public areas, there is a sign that you cannot take a photo.”
Meanwhile, Alison Couper at Kiwi.com exclusively told Express.co.uk: “Kiwi.com has seen an unprecedented triple-digit growth in multi-destination travel since 2014, reflective of wider consumer travel trends.
“With travellers venturing to more destinations, it’s important they acknowledge cultural differences across these areas and we encourage visitors to do their research and behave in a culturally appropriate way.
“In Dubai, visitors should aware of the laws surrounding alcohol consumption and public displays of affection to avoid causing offence and potentially finding themselves in legal trouble.”
Express.co.uk previously reported how sharing such holiday snaps on messaging app, WhatsApp, could also be regarded as an offence.
Meanwhile, tourists should also take extra care over the food they eat while on vacation.
A travel blog centred on life in Dubai, called Expat Woman, has advised chomping on an innocuous bagel could lead to time behind bars.
It’s not just a plain version of the bready treat which causes problems though.
Cinnamon, chocolate and ordinary are all permitted – yet it is the poppy seed alternative which is a complete no no.
Eating these versions of the carbohydrate treat is a violation both of laws in Dubai, and the UAE as a whole.
It’s down to the fact poppy seeds are the origin of two drugs, these being opium and heroin.