The Dark Side of Dubai

Dubai hotels and stores are known to be the most lavish and luxurious in the whole world. Although it recently went bankrupt, the state of Dubai is still considered one of the few financial paradises in the world, with opulent lifestyles and wealthy sights. But this paradise also has a dark side. Here are some things you should be aware of before going to Dubai.

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Try to avoid driving. The United Arab Emirates have the highest death rate on the roads per capita in the world. There is an accident once every two minutes and 1 person dies every day. Especially during Ramadan, due to the low blood sugar rate of the locals, the accident rate in Dubai boosts by 200%.

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Make sure you book a hotel far away from a construction site. Inform yourself about the location of the hotel before booking it. All over Dubai there are skyscrapers being built and there is no break in working. Therefore, expect a 24 hour construction noise.

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Keep an eye out for snakes when swimming in the sea. There are at least 7 known species of sea snakes in the Arabian Gulf. They are not generally aggressive, but they will bite if provoked. Encounters with the snakes are pretty rare, but if it happens and you get hurt, call an ambulance immediately.

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No public displays of affection. As weird as it sounds, if you’re going there with your soul mate try not to get carried away in public places if you don’t want to explain your gesture at the police station. Quick kisses and holding hands are allowed, but keep in mind that you’re in a Muslim country and the laws there are more strict.

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Prepare for extreme weather. Plan your trip to Dubai during winter months if you never dealt with extreme heat and humidity. From March until October the temperature could range from 30 to 60 degrees Celsius (86 to 140 Fahrenheit degrees). Drink plenty of water, wear long sleeves and long pants and apply sunblock.

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8 Comments for "The Dark Side of Dubai"

Mari says on March 26th, 2010 at 11:10 am:

It is not true! Dubai is realy one of the most best destinations in the world, hotels, service ..the best shopping malls, restaurantss and so onn… , also my friend is leaving thier and it is very easy to drive thier, i am also using rent a car service all the time. as for constractions..you just have to choose your hotel on right place and thats all!! also i have never seen snakes thier, and i go to dubai 4-5 times evry year. and about temperaure, even when it is to high if you are in a right hotel you will never fill it even near the pool or on the beach!

FM says on June 18th, 2010 at 6:21 pm:

That´s why I don´t want to go there! I never have and I never will!

Shirish Shah says on November 23rd, 2010 at 1:15 pm:

Dubai is a concrete jungle, there are far more other beautiful and interesting places to visit. Jordan is one of these places

Judith says on February 14th, 2011 at 2:57 am:

After visiting Dubai a couple of weeks ago I advise visitors to be careful when a pedestrian in Dubai. The driving speeds are excessive especially in the city, speed limits are simply ignored and pedestrian crossings are of little or no use to pedestrians. Be alert at all times. I know of a recent incident where a couple were crossing on a pedestrian crossing, the husband (a retired doctor) was knocked over and killed. All witnesses to the incident just left the scene. The wife was interrogated for four hours by police. She was advised by relatives back home to collect the body and to just get out of the country asap.

Sasikumar says on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am:

Dubai is one of the most beautiful and secured place in the entire world. We have not faced any of the problem you mentioned. The Arabs and expatriates are living harmoniously. its very nice to be here.


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