British expats in Dubai have been given a festive warning about laws and customs they are expected to obey in the United Arab Emirates over the festive season.
Staff at the local British Embassy have recorded a Christmas song pointing out some of the issues expats should bear in mind while they celebrate in the sun.
‘Rupert the Expat Reindeer’ is loosely based on the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – but only borrows the tune.
“More than 100,000 British expats live in the United Arab Emirates and another million or so visit during the year,” said a British embassy spokesman.
“Dubai is a great place to visit, but some visitors need reminding that some attitudes here that are less lenient towards bad behaviour than at home or in other countries.”
Warnings about local customs and laws
The song runs through warnings, such as:
- Watching out for sun burn if spending time on the beach or golf course
- Wearing skimpy clothes that may offend Muslims
- Not drinking alcohol without a licence
- Making sure driving documents and insurance are in order
- Not behaving offensively in public or online
- Taking out travel insurance
- Having the correct visa and passport documentation on entering the country and not overstaying time limits
Information about Christmas in the UAE
“The idea is to make visitors aware of their responsibilities before they arrive and not to mock local laws and customs but to raise awareness in a fun way,” said the spokesman.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes extensive information about visiting the UAE online
Visitors and expats living in the UAE can watch a video of the song online.
The British Embassy Rupert Song
British expats in Dubai have been given a festive warning about laws and customs they are expected to obey in the United Arab Emirates over the festive season