Find out more about the common misconceptions about Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
You can’t drink
Lies! Tourists and non-Muslim residents can drink at licensed bars and restaurants and in their hotel or at home, though for the latter you need to get an alcohol licence
You can’t eat pork
Rubbish! Pork is freely served in restaurants that are within a hotel. Many larger supermarkets have a pork section for the use of non-Muslims and you do not need a pork licence; however ,cooking up pork at a public barbecue is a no-no.
Women have to cover up
While it is important to remember where you are, women are free to dress as they please and don’t have to wear a veil or cover their shoulders. Wearing a bikini at the beach is fine too. But out in crowded places, souks or shopping malls, a micro mini and boob tube will attract stares, and out of respect to the local culture, it’s best to dress modestly. You should also dress more conservatively during the holy month of Ramadan.
Women are not allowed to drive
Piffle! Women are subject to the same driving laws as men.
Homosexuality is illegal
True, as are all hetero liaisons outside of marriage. As gay marriage is not recognised here, all homosexual acts are considered illegal.