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Travelling To Dubai - Is It Worth It?
 
# 1 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 22:08
 
 
It's beautiful, vibrant and has the world's tallest building. But would you visit Dubai?

Last week, a British couple were given a one month jail sentence for sharing a kiss in a restaurant.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/Law/kissing-couple-faces-jail etc ...

Also, an Indian couple who work as air stewards have been jailed for 3 months for sending a "sexy" text message.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8573565.stm

For the first 10 months of 2009, 6,000 people were stopped on Dubai's beaches for acting inappropriately. This involved kissing, wearing the wrong swimwear and other acts which most of us would consider normal...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8418750.stm

There are lots of other similar stories.

Would you visit Dubai? Personally, their stance on homosexuality is enough to keep me away, but would you visit a country with such strict ways of life.

I understand it's the culture there and perhaps it should be respected. Have you been to Dubai? If so, did you find it difficult to relax for fear of doing something wrong?
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# 2 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 22:21
 
 
I think you would want your head examined, it seems to be reverting to its old Islamic ways.
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# 3 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 22:26
 
 
I don't know, no really I don't, I was invited by my best friend to visit a couple of years ago, and I thought about it, how he would have come to the airport and meet me, given me the low down on the rules, but expect me two break two of them at least, harmlessly. I'm now judging my friends perception rather than anyone hear.
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# 4 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 22:50
 
 
I know a couple few people that have lived or live there now. They seem to enjoy the lifestyle.
The rules are strict yes, but it's just a matter of being aware of what not to do.
I haven't been to Dubai, but I've been to the capital of U.A.E, Abu Dhabi. I had to stop there en route, it was only about a day so I didn't get to see much. But I don't think it was my cup of tea. I was pretty scared in case I did something 'wrong'

So yeah, I don't think Dubai is somewhere I would want to visit.
Besides I've got far too many other places left on my list yet.
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# 5 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 22:51
 
 
I used to travel all round the world with my job. My company issued guidelines as to the culture and Norms for each country. I did my homework and respected them. I never saw any differences from our Norms as a reason not to visit. I might not have agreed with all of the customs/laws but would never dismiss the chance to experience another culture. Travel broadens your horizons
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# 6 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:08
 
 
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# 7 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:12
 
 
Someone said :
I used to travel all round the world with my job. My company issued guidelines as to the culture and Norms for each country. I did my homework and respected them. I never saw any differences from our Norms as a reason not to visit. I might not have agreed with all of the customs/laws but would never dismiss the chance to experience another culture. Travel broadens your horizons

Very true Shovels.I was in Dubai 5 years ago and i found it an interesting place...........but yes as you said you respect where you go and i have done a lot of travelling to different places where though you might be in the same country of a place each area/town/province whatever has it's own customs and traditions.You have to experience don't you.
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# 8 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:13
 
 
It's one thing broadening your horizons and another having to worry about your every move in some over the top trashy hole in the sand. If i had to go anywhere in the middle east, it certainly wouldn't be dubai! I would rather see beiruit, damascus, tripoli or tehran.
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# 9 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:16
 
 
Agreed it wouldn't be top of my list but I would still like to give it a go.
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# 10 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:20
 
 
You can you knock a place you have never been too.It is all only people's perception and it is reality that people won't like a place and others will.That is a fact of life but it is still only an opinion of theirs.So for say a group of 100 for more to dislike does not mean anything.
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# 11 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:45
 
 
Never been anywhere I didn't like,apart from an afternoon in an inner city cell and a spa town for dying russians in the Czech Republic,both were worse than the other.
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# 12 : Saturday 20-3-2010 @ 23:51
 
 
Fuck that , don't think I'll be going there.
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# 13 : Sunday 21-3-2010 @ 15:44
 
 
No don't understand why people go there, when there are far more interesting countries in middle east like Syria, Lebabon, Jordan etc etc
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# 14 : Sunday 21-3-2010 @ 19:41
 
 
Yep Dubai is definitely worth it. If you follow some common sense it is ok. I stayed in a big western brand hotel and this was frequented also by the wealthy Saudis and I didn't have any problems. I was there with my ex-GF and she found it fine too. I wouldn't say we dressed conservatively but we did take account of what we wore. Just remember not to show the sole of your feet where possible, even with shoes on, as this is highly offensive in Islamic cultures. I have to admit I was a little intimidated when I arrived as we passed through immigration control, as had to get used to officials dressed in Arab clothing, but got over this quickly as people are very friendly.

Agree also with someone else's post when they said there are far more interesting places in the middle east. Not much history or sights in Dubai apart from the obvious. However, it is a Muslim country despite the impression they have tried to give, although not as strict as others. There are stories of people being detained at customs and kept in jail after microscopic traces of hash were found on their shoes which they could have picked up anywhere.

P.s. dont forget to haggle when paying, they really do expect you to do it and its not as hard as you'd imagine, just name a price or really pretend you dont want something and they will practically give it away.
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# 15 : Sunday 21-3-2010 @ 21:11
 
 
I can't see what is beautiful about this place? Sand, sun? It is not like there is a shortage of that in countries that don't execute homosexuals...
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