In this post you can find some information about the public behavior basics in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi dress code
The dress code in Abu Dhabi does not impose restrictions. However, considering that Abu Dhabi is an Islamic country and how much important is to respect the traditions of an host country, in public places, such as streets or malls, it is recommended to avoid transparent clothes, skirts and shorts, and cover up from the shoulders to the legs included.
This rule applies to men also.
To visit the Great Mosque of Abu Dhabi, an appropriate attire is required: to plan your visit also from this important detail, have a look on our Special Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque >>
On the beach, women are allowed to wear a bikini, thong or topless are not allowed.
Men are allowed to wear a swimsuit not too short or tight, like bermuda.
Appropriate clothing is also required by the particular conditions of Abu Dhabi climate: covering clothes defend not only from heat and sun rays, but also from air conditioning.
Relations and behavior in public places
In Abu Dhabi public places are not allowed displays of affection, even between husband and wife.
Couples can hold hands, but not during Ramadan. Holding hands is also allowed as a sign of friendship between men or between women. Of course, during COVID-19, social distancing (2 meters/6 feet) prevails over everything.
Are considered offenses: homosexual activity, sex outside of marriage and adultery.
Are prohibited lewd or offensive language and gestures.
Photographing in Abu Dhabi
In Abu Dhabi is forbidden to photograph military and government buildings, ports and airports. In some public areas, reserved for women and children, the use of cameras may be banned.
Before photographing people, you have to ask for permission.
Alcohol and pork meat consumption
Alcohol consumption in Abu Dhabi is allowed within the licensed restaurants and pubs, which are mainly located in four or five stars hotels, and at home.
According to a circular issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (as reported by the main local newspapers on September 23d, 2020), residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, diplomatic staff and tourists over 21 years of age, they no longer need a license either for the consumption of alcohol, in authorized premises, or for purchase from official retailers.
For detailed information, please refer to:
In the emirate of Dubai, the license continues to be required, albeit with some simplifications of the procedure, compared to the past: see the updates on The National.
Drunkenness is not tolerated and driving after drinking even a minimal amount of alcohol is considered a crime.
The consumption of pork meat is restricted exclusively to non-Muslims. Preparations of pork can be found in restaurants within the hotel and are specifically mentioned on the menu. In supermarkets are “isolated” departments where non Muslims can buy pork.
Regarding the guidelines to follow during the pandemic in Abu Dhabi, it can be useful to have a look on the latest updates you can find in the post dedicated to the main measures adopted in Abu Dhabi during COVID-19.