Ramadan warning for Dubai tourists

Foreign office warns Britons to respect Holy Month while in Dubai

Britons holidaying in Dubai this summer have been warned that failure to comply with the rules of Ramadan could land them in prison.

The Foreign Office has warned British tourists that eating, drinking or smoking in public during Ramadan could get them arrested.

On the first day of the Islamic month of fasting, The Foreign Office has published on its website that "failure to comply" with local laws "could result in arrest" and that "discretion should be exercised" even in the case of young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Dubai police have said non-Muslims will receive one warning before arrest.

It reads: "Do not eat, drink or smoke in public view during the daytime (including in your car). This is considered highly disrespectful. It is also against the law and failure to comply could result in arrest. Pregnant, nursing women, and young children are exempt from the provisions, but discretion should be exercised.

"The majority of eating and drinking establishments will be closed during daylight hours, but you can find some coffee houses with screens that are intended to allow people to eat during the daytime away from public view.

"Be careful about your dress during Ramadan. Skimpy clothes should not be worn at any time in the UAE, but during Ramadan the standards may be policed even more carefully than usual."

For advice on travelling to Dubai, click here.

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