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Do's and Dont's in UAE for OFWs

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Overseas Filipino workers in Dubai or UAE should conform to the prevailing customs and laws of the emirates.

Among the do’s and don’ts in the UAE are:

  • Bathing suits are OK only in hotel pools and private beaches
  • Men are also expected to dress decently with no bold overtones
  • Absolutely no cross-dressing
  • Holding hands and kissing are unacceptable and can lead to arrest
  • During Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, people are expected to abstain from alcohol, dancing, chewing gum, smoking and singing in public during the day
  • Eat/drink with your right hand as the left hand is considered to be unhygienic in this part of the world
  • Don’t show the soles of your feet or shoes as this implies disrespect to others — that you are comparing the person to soles or ‘dirt’/’trash’
  • If a Muslim is praying, do not walk in front of him or stare at him
  • If you have not accepted Islam as your religion, take prior permission before entering a mosque
  • Do not point fingers at others as this is considered disrespectful
  • Taxi passengers should avoid sitting in the front seat of a taxicab; “small talk" can be misinterpreted as over-friendliness or even a form of propositioning by taxi drivers
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications are often considered illegal or a controlled substance
  • Keep your medicines in their original containers and bring a letter from your doctor as well as a copy of your prescription with you
  • Possession of illegal drugs, or the presence of an illegal substance in a blood or urine test, clothing, body, or in your luggage, could lead to arrest
  • Don’t drink and drive; Alcohol is served at bars in major hotels but is intended for hotel guests
  • Drinking or possession of alcohol without a Ministry of Interior liquor permit is illegal and may lead to fines and imprisonment
  • Avoid making obscene hand gestures, using inappropriate (foul) language to a police officer

Source: GMAnews.tv

First time OFWs in UAE can learn more of the do's and don'ts with the planned released of a handbook. A 50-page passport size handbook has been prepared by Filcom, a community group in Dubai and the northern emirates. This bilinggual(English & Filipino) handbook will serve as a guide for Filipinos should behave while in UAE. 10, 000 copies of this handbook will be printed and will be distributed on June 10,2011.

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