The climate and nature of the Arab countries are very attractive for travelers, but many are deterred by the harsh mores and rules of behavior in them. We tell how not to cause negative emotions among the indigenous population of Arab countries.
A considerable part of the time the traveler spends at the hotel. Therefore, it is important to understand what you can do here, and what it is better to forget before returning to your homeland.
- Sunbathing in a bathing suit or bikini by the pool.
- Drink alcoholic beverages in the bar or throughout the hotel, smoking.
- Wear open (reasonably) clothing.
- Eat and drink during the day of Ramadan.
- Hold hands, hug or kiss the opposite sex.
You can not:
- Offer staff alcohol as a gift or in gratitude.
- Show ardent feelings (even to the spouse).
- Touch the opposite sex personnel.
- Sunbathing topless.
Arabs are hospitable people. Therefore you should not be surprised if an unfamiliar person is invited to visit and call to the house. The main thing is to follow the rules of decency so that the meeting is pleasant for both parties.
- Politely, in a streamlined formulation, be interested in the health of the host family.
- Greet each other with a small bow. A handshake in Arab countries is a sign of special location, it is not carried out just like that and with unfamiliar people.
- Bowing his head, silently wait the namaz, if he came at the time of the visit.
- Bring souvenirs and small gifts (except alcohol).
You can not:
- Enter the house in the shoes.
- Refuse to treat.
- Hurry to leave or show impatience.
- Ask questions about the wife of the owner.
- Invite women from the host family to the table.
- Sit, turning the foot in the direction of the interlocutor.
- To discuss religion, government, women and the political structure of the state.
- Move sharply, actively gesticulate, hide hands in pockets.
- Take a treat with his left hand.
What else to go to hot countries, if not for a beach holiday? But while basking on the sea, do not forget about the national taboos.
- On the private beach you can sunbathe and swim in a swimsuit, for the municipal will have to buy burkini.
- Swim, play outdoor games, take pictures.
- On Wednesdays and Sundays, only women and children can visit public beaches, then you can wear a swimsuit.
You can not:
- Sunbathing topless.
- Photograph other vacationers.
- Show tender feelings or affection (applies even to spouses).
- Drink or smoke.
Excursions, grocery trips, walks ... but what if there are many reasons to go to the city? In order for the evening promenade not to end with a scandal and a call to the police, you need to remember what is possible and what is not.
- Visiting, viewing and photographing museums, monuments, natural attractions.
- Use public transport and taxis.
- Seek help from the police or ordinary locals.
- Buy food, things, change money, talk on the phone, etc.
You can not:
- To examine women, even briefly holding their eyes on them, point at them with a finger, discuss loudly.
- Touch people of the opposite sex.
- Wear open clothes, high heels, bright makeup.
- Photograph strangers without asking their permission.
- Photograph government agencies, military facilities, palaces of rulers and airports.
- There are standing or on the go.
- Drink alcohol or smoke.
- Throw trash past the urn or out of the car window.
- In case of detention, offer a bribe to a police officer, show aggression or familiarity.
The holy of holies in any Arab country is a mosque. Not all of them are allowed to the Gentiles, but if such an honor turns out to be a tourist, he is obliged to follow a number of simple rules.
- Attend a working mosque, if you are a man, and if a woman, then only mosques that are considered architectural monuments.
- Take off your shoes at the entrance and leave it there or take it with you in the bag.
- Silently, standing in one place or slowly moving along the wall, inspect the mosque.
- Even at the entrance to the mosque-monuments, women need to put on closed clothes, cover their heads and take off their shoes.
You can not:
- Women are strictly forbidden to attend existing mosques.
- Men - to come to the mosque in short trousers, shorts or T-shirts, in shoes.
- Talk loudly, actively gesticulate, interfere with praying.
- Photograph those who prayed.
- Discuss the religion and expediency of daily fivefold prayers.
Trade and bargain in the Arab countries love and know how. And yet, knocking out another discount, you can not cross the line, otherwise the purchase will fail, and the seller will be very offended.
- Bargain long and hard, appealing to market value, own poverty and competition.
- Appeal to others.
- Returning to the same shop several times, trying to reduce the price.
You can not:
- Immediately give the named price (the seller does not rejoice, but only considers the tourist a snob or a fool).
- Scold the proposed product.
- Insult the seller, calling him a fraud, or claim that he deliberately overstated the price.
- To be interested in the place of sale of narcotic substances.
Bedouin Code of Honor and Arabic Etiquette
The decisive influence on modern Arab culture and etiquette had religious norms of the Quran and the Bedouin code of honor. This concerns not only the life of Muslims, but also business, communication, meal. Even before the advent of Islam, the concept of "Muravva" existed, defining the obligatory virtues of a man who observes Arabic etiquette:
- responsible for their words
- the ability to give love.
These virtues were sanctified by religion, but underwent some changes. For example, generosity should be deliberate - a true Muslim will welcome a guest, but is not obliged to deprive his family of his last food for him. It is the observance of the golden mean in all virtues that is important for all who honor the requirements of sacred texts. Studying Arabic etiquette, keep in mind that the possession of oratory is highly valued, so you should abandon the cautious and reserved line of conduct. Brevity and categorical will not play into your hands.
Arabic etiquette in clothes
The vestments of a foreigner must comply not only with the peculiarities of the climate, but also with the strict ideas of the Arabs about morality. Muslims themselves prefer to wear loose, light-colored clothing. Internal Arabic etiquette requires the additional use of a fitting cap (kefii), topped with a special scarf (gutra). The headgear is fixed by a cord called an agal. However, a foreigner should not dress like this if he does not want to be considered rude and ignorant.
Most Muslims wear lightweight suits for business meetings. A foreign partner is expected to do the same. Arabic business etiquette for conducting meetings, negotiations requires wearing a long sleeve shirt and a tie. Even in the hottest weather, open-necked shirts are not allowed, although the jacket can sometimes be removed. Business women wear lightweight loose dresses or suits with a length below the knee, minimal neckline and closed sleeves.
Arabic etiquette: acquaintance and communication with the Arabs
Ancient Arabic etiquette suggests hospitality, but this does not mean that your further conversation will be easy. At first, it may be difficult for a European to engage in dialogue, since the Arabs in every way avoid clear answers, certainty, the words "yes" and "no." The etiquette of Arab countries provides oral congratulations on any event (except for the tragic): arrival, departure, purchase, etc. It is very important to maintain direct eye contact, to remove sunglasses.
An acquaintance or a simple meeting of men is necessarily accompanied by a handshake, for which they use only the right hand. Also, when they meet, men may slightly embrace, patting each other on the shoulders or back, and touch each other with both cheeks alternately. According to Arabic etiquette, such actions against women are completely unacceptable. Before leaving, they do not always shake hands, but you should definitely say “Fay amalan illah” (God bless you), learn a few phrases from the language. Do not remind of the upcoming visit at the door: arrange, pause, and only then proceed to the farewell.
Arabic Business Etiquette: Negotiation and Communication with Business Partners
Europeans should be patient when negotiating with Arab colleagues - it is possible that your conversation on a working day will interrupt the appearance of a new guest. Business etiquette of Arab countries provides for the utmost openness of the management of communication with visitors. So that your efforts are not brought to naught, immediately sit down as close as possible to the interlocutor, if necessary, persistently but politely draw his attention to your words. The host party will definitely try to secure cooperation with cordial communication and a feast, which cannot be abandoned under any pretext. Eat not too fast, only with your right hand and only what is offered.
In the etiquette of Arab countries are important compliments regarding food, country, clothing, art, but not girls. Show mutual politeness, demonstrate openness, sincerity. Consider that oriental businessmen rely not so much on logical conclusions as on persistent beliefs. Even business issues are solved in a friendly atmosphere, humor is appropriate. Do not be surprised at the use of personal names, because for the most important cases, Arabs prefer to use dating and connections. Demonstrate a deep interest in working with this person.
Gastronomic etiquette of the United Arab Emirates and Majlis
The etiquette of Arab countries in the field of feast is inseparable from the business conversation, which is partly during the meal. Reception of guests is carried out in a specially designated building or a separate part of the house - the Majlis. This place is decorated with carpets and pillows to ensure comfort. Any person who came in peace is considered a guest, he is brought to the Majlis. Visitors are treated to strong coffee with cardamom, and instead of sugar they serve dates.
In the business etiquette of Arab countries it is stipulated that the owner is the first to enter the tent. Razuvaytes everywhere where others slip out, sit down so that your feet are not addressed to those present. Drink to the guest will pour constantly, until he shook a slightly empty cup, before you put it on a tray or give it to the owner. Before and after meals, your hands must be washed. You can take, transfer and offer food only with your right hand. Usually they eat without appliances, but foreigners are offered forks, so you can choose a convenient option.
Remember that the one who invited you will not be able to finish the meal before the guest, but you should not hurry with the consumption of food. In the gastronomic etiquette of the United Arab Emirates, it is not customary to thank for a treat, but it’s worth praising the taste of the dishes served. No need to ask or offer alcohol, pork is an absolute taboo for a pious Muslim. Usually in the Emirates they eat 2 times a day, but the visitor does not have to follow this custom. Breakfasts and dinners are varied, replete with hearty dishes, but the tactful guest will not eat too much. Bread is served only white, in small quantities.
Do not be surprised if after a meal you hear a burp from the others present, as this is one of the compliments for a delicious lunch. For dessert, usually served fruit, not sweets. According to business etiquette in Arab countries and the general canons of behavior, smoking is prohibited in most public places. The only exception is hookah, if it is offered to you by the receiving party. Otherwise, it is worth waiting and smoking only in the place permitted for this. In general, the main thing is a relaxed atmosphere that you can appreciate.
This palm has traditionally been used for intimate hygiene, therefore it is considered to be “unclean” in absentia. This rule also applies to foreigners, even if they themselves do not make a clear separation. Do not take food, transfer items with your left hand. If you accidentally touch the dish can immediately remove from the table. If you are left-handed and you can not do right-handed, be sure to warn about this in advance.
In addition, the left hand is strongly associated with failures, misfortunes, so you should limit the gestures of this part of the body as much as possible, do not point with your finger, minimize touching it to other people. Details about the role of the left hand in the Arabic etiquette Scanavi reasons in his book. It is recommended to read it to anyone who is going to build business or friendly relations with Muslims.
Rules of conduct in the UAE in public places
How to dress in the UAE for tourists
If you spend all the time in a hotel or hotel with its own beach and entertainment, then you should not worry that the locals may misunderstand the desire to sunbathe topless. But if you are dressed in a too open and vulgar swimsuit on the city beach, then you may well be detained for three days! Muslims are very strict about any manifestations of disrespect for the traditions of their people and honor the rules of conduct, even fanaticism.
Tourists are strictly prohibited: communicate with Arab women, violate personal space, take pictures of buildings, locals, joke, throw out trash where it is not necessary, look at the girls in the veil ...
And if you decide to flirt with the girls - a penalty of several (!) Thousand dollars is guaranteed. If you are planning a trip to the city, it is highly recommended to give preference to modest clothing, covering your knees and covering your chest, despite the intense heat. The hotels are less strictly related to the dress code, so the laws of Dubai here are not acting at full strength. Order is very strictly honored in the Old City in the emirate of Sharjah.
What absolutely can not be done in the United Arab Emirates
In addition to the above rules of behavior in public places, in the United Arab Emirates it is strictly forbidden to look at the person in the process of eating, touch the other person with a hand during a conversation, ask about the family, come to visit and not take off their shoes, defiantly behave on the street, get into the wagon for women and children. It is also forbidden to smoke in places not set aside for these purposes, to be rude, to behave impartially and defiantly.
Alcohol: where you can and can not
Remember the rules of conduct in the holy month of Ramadan!
In the United Arab Emirates, Ramadan is dry. This means that tourists can not buy alcoholic beverages in any of the institutions. On other days, according to the law, you can transport up to one liter of wine, but if you increase the volume of the “souvenir”, you can get a fine. Drinking alcohol in public places is also punished and severely hits the wallet. Also, you will not get rid of responsibility if you wrap the bottle in the bag. For such an act, you easily go to jail. To this violation also add a drunk and driving while intoxicated.
Remember that the local people of the United Arab Emirates are millionaires and oligarchs, therefore, they have corresponding fines. You can drink cocktails with a degree in cafes, bars, restaurants, your own hotel room.
What else is forbidden in Ramadan
During Ramadan, it is strictly forbidden to eat, smoke and drink in public. And this rule applies to tourists. Also, any public events, including clubs and discos, are completely prohibited.
For example, there is a taboo for alcoholic drinks in Sharjah. In other emirates, drinks can be bought in special stores or bars.
Shop with alcohol in the UAE
Separately about alcohol shops here
Traveling together with a friend? Settle in different rooms, otherwise you can get 10 years in prison!
Arabs have a special attitude to the public expression of feelings. In short, they are simply banned here. And a simple kiss will be a good reason to accuse of violation of public morality. Particularly serious here are homosexual couples. For example, if two men settled in the same room just for the sake of economy, then at the first suspicions you can be brought to justice. By the way, it is punishable by a prison for 10 or 14 years, depending on the particular emirate.
Rules of communication with local residents
The country does not impose its own rules on anyone, but is very scrupulous about any manifestation of disrespect for the centuries-old traditions of local residents. There are a number of arches on the correct behavior of tourists in the UAE, which you are obliged to observe as a guest of this state.
Так, деньги, напитки и предметы подают только правой рукой, при встрече собеседнику всегда пожимают руку, хвалят его за гостеприимство и вкусную пищу, не разговаривают ни при каких обстоятельствах с местными женщинами, не разглядывают их, не влезают в личное пространство, при встрече смотрят в глаза, что запрещено делать во время принятия пищи.
Кстати, кушать можно только сидя. Ни о каком приеме пищи на бегу не может идти речи!
Традиции гостеприимства в ОАЭ
Despite strict laws and unshakable sovereignty of etiquette, local residents are happy to receive familiar tourists as guests, and do so with all due respect to the centuries-old history of the country and its etiquette.
So, the guest will be delighted with the tea ceremony, which can not be abandoned, as it will be regarded as a sign of disrespect. Drinks are served in special drinking bowls, bowls. By tradition, sugar is not added to the drink. You can pick up items and food only with your right hand! Away is to behave very modestly and restrained, greet first with the senior.
What else can you do in the UAE
- Bring home medicines that can be considered drugs. For example, the substance included in validol is strictly prohibited by the laws of the UAE. The spread of drugs is punishable by death.
- Wear open clothes. In public places it is necessary to cover the open parts of the body - even thin translucent fabric will do.
- Be drunk on the street.
- Make noise and attract the attention of local residents.
- Smoking in the wrong place.
- Most mosques have no entry for non-Muslims.
- Till 21 years the purchase of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
- It is not recommended to wear bright clothes during Ramadan.
- On public beaches, women are encouraged to be in closed Muslim swimsuits.
- Electronic cigarette smoking is also discouraged.
- In the subway of the city of Dubai is not everywhere you can drink water or snack.
Do not take extra medication in the Emirates - you can pass for drugs
Going to the UAE, be careful about the choice of drugs. The fact is that in this country the smuggling of drugs is taken very seriously. And those drugs that are considered legal in your country may be banned in the Emirates.
What drugs can not be taken in the UAE
For 7 years you can be put for expletives in public. Even if you spoke jokingly to your friend.
Separately for women
Particularly unpredictable may seem laws for women in the UAE. First of all it concerns clothes. Women are strictly forbidden to wear not just outright clothes, but transparent, dresses and skirts that open up zones above the knee, and you shouldn’t show your belly, shoulders and back. Special attitude here and to local women. They are forbidden to ask the way, look and, of course, be rude.
The situation is difficult with photos. If you take a picture of a street, a building, or just a place, then you will have to ask permission from everyone who hit the shot. The fact is that photographing people without their consent and knowledge is punishable by law.
For what they put tourists in the UAE
Most Sharia laws in the UAE apply to tourists. If for dinner with alcohol and pork dishes the guest is not planted, then he can go to jail for an innocent selfie. A death penalty may be sentenced only for particularly serious crimes, including for the distribution of narcotic drugs. But for the use of illegal drugs you can get a punishment of 10-15 years in prison.
On the Internet, stories about imprisonment after unlawful photo and video filming, uncivilized attitude towards local residents, casual touch are “walking”. In fact, these rumors are somewhat exaggerated, since the UAE is quite patient with tourists, because the scope of this business brings people considerable income. Therefore, a long time for drinking a bottle of beer in the wrong place is more likely an exception than a rule.
The United Arab Emirates is a real treasury in the literal and figurative sense of the word. Only now this treasure will be a cage or a gift - it's up to you.
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General rules of conduct in a Muslim country
First of all, it is worth making a reservation regarding the tourist areas - hotels, water parks and other entertainment facilities. Here, in principle, you can look and behave as you please - relax, sunbathe, drink, no one will say a word to you.
Another thing is the time you spend outside the hotel.
The most important thing: nudism is prohibited everywhere, regardless of whether you are on site or on the municipal beach. Outside tourist areas you can swim in men - in regular swimming trunks, women - in closed dresses or burkini, and, of course, there can be no topless tanning.
Remember that most often in Muslim countries on the beaches there are special women's days - at this time the entrance is open only to women and children. In this case, the ladies are allowed to wear swimsuits - because there are no greedy men's eyes on the beach.
In the East, you should never abandon the food offered to you - this is perceived as an insult or even an insult.
Always eat and drink only with your right hand. The left is considered to be unclean - according to one, more down-to-earth version, because hygiene procedures are sent to it, according to another, mystical, the Devil himself was lucky to be born left-handed.
By the way, the rule of the right hand is applied not only in food: it is customary to submit items to the right, to grope goods on the market - again to her. In general, in public from time to time, if you do not want to cause resentment of faithful Muslims, you will have to do with one limb.
Bread is usually not cut - it is served in large chunks and broken open by hand (the rare case when the left one can still be used). Do not eat on the go, and also try not to keep your eyes on the chewing person. Both are indecent. Probably, it is not necessary to mention about pork: Muslims do not eat it, and one kind of good Zaporozhye fat can lead to a state of combat valkyrie.
Alcohol and smoking
Drinking alcohol on the street is simply unacceptable. Smoking - only in designated places. Depending on which country you are traveling to, such restrictions may also apply to bars and restaurants. Even if you managed to safely hide from prying eyes the very process of use, still try not to appear in public places after libation.
They get drunk with a very, very severely — they are fined, and they even deport them for particularly violent excesses. Drunk driving in general is fraught with: in the UAE, for example, for this you can easily run into a dozen stick strokes on the heels.
An Arab will never be happy with alcohol presented as a gift, even if it is an elite and terribly expensive. The proposal to "figure out for three" is also likely to be perceived with hostility.
Banned by Sharia. No options. It is impossible. Refuse.
Photo and video
Islam as a religion refers to the creation of images with a high degree of mistrust. Over time, of course, loyalty rises, but still it is worth knowing what and who should not be photographed: people without outright consent, government agencies and military facilities, palaces of rulers. For example, if you are on an excursion in the UAE, the guide will most likely tell you about this, but if you are walking in the wild, be careful.
Also banned (attention!) Airports. Pay attention to this and try not to forget.
Shopping and deals
Buying in the East is a particularly delicate matter. In any store, with the exception of large malls, you will bargain with foam at the lips. Try not to get annoyed. Nothing can be done about it, so relax and have fun. This, by the way, is quite realistic if you remember the undoubted advantage: in the heat of hot bargaining, you can bring down the price quite strongly, sometimes even a half to two times.
If you are going to conclude a deal or receive any service, be sure to agree in advance on the amount and conditions. Precisely, clearly and point by point. Better yet, sign an agreement or contract.
Muslims are very hospitable: a guest in the house for them is always a joy. Invited guest, of course. It should not be done without an invitation or prior arrangement. Avoid, so to speak. Take off your shoes before entering your home. Do not refuse food and do not rush anywhere - in the East this is not accepted. Do not invite women to sit at the table: if it is customary in the family, they will sit down themselves, if not, they will have dinner later or in another room.
Communication with Muslims
Unfamiliar people in the East do not shake hands, greeting each other only with a slight bow. When meeting, try not to actively gesticulate, avoid sudden movements and be sure to take your hands out of your pockets.
Hand Arabs served only as a sign of friendship. In this case, the handshake lasts a little longer than is customary in European countries. In case you greet or say goodbye to a close friend, use both hands in a handshake.
When talking with a Muslim, avoid asking questions about your wife. Want to ask your family - use the most common words and wording. If you are sitting sitting, try not to turn your foot towards the other person: the soles are considered unclean, and from the view - offensive. Communicating with the Arabs, never take your time anywhere. Speak slowly and just listen slowly. Eastern people are rather slow, again, by European standards.
It is also worth remembering that in the Arab countries the following topics are prohibited: condemnation of religion and mockery of it, as well as rulers, history, women and national ideas. No, it is clear that in any other country it will be incorrect, but the East treats such verbal excesses with particular bias.
Five times a day, the life of Muslim countries stands still so that every believer can offer a prayer. At the same time, those of the Muslims, who did not have time to be in the mosque at the appointed time, spread a rug and fell to the ground where they were summoned by a muezzin.
So the picture of a person praying right in the middle of the road should not surprise you. When you see a prayer, try not to disturb his prayers, stop or carefully walk around him.
The holy month for Muslims, Ramadan, has no fixed date and is shifted annually for several days. So, if you are planning to go to an Arab country, first ask if it is necessary to have Ramadan during your holiday.
The fact is that this holiday can bring you some inconvenience: during Ramadan, Muslims are forbidden to eat and drink before sunset, smoke and even touch people of the opposite sex. All this is forbidden to do and tourists - of course, we mean public areas, not the territory of hotels.
So, in Ramadan, outside the hotels, you will not be able to eat, smoke a hookah, or hold your own spouse by the hand without running into a condemnation of those around you.
Mosques and holy places
Entrance to the mosque for women is prohibited. Men should not enter the holy places for Muslims in short trousers. It is forbidden to remove worshipers, wander between them, or in any way interfere with the namaz.
When entering the mosque, be sure to take off your shoes. If you are afraid for its safety - put it in a bag and carry it with you, this is not forbidden.
As for the police, the situation in different Muslim countries can vary quite a lot. We have written a separate article on how law enforcement officers are in each particular country: how to behave with a policeman abroad.
The general recommendations in terms of dealing with Muslim policemen are as follows: do not raise your voice, do not be nervous, do not joke. That is, appeals like “boss”, “brother” are not just irrelevant - they can bring you even more trouble.
Never offer bribes and do not argue. Remember: most often the law is on the side of tourists, but it all depends on how much and what you violated.
The police are acceptable to ask for help, but they do not have to tell you the way - remember this and do not be outraged if you are denied a guide.
How to behave a man in a Muslim country?
Do not talk to unfamiliar women, do not flirt, let alone laugh at them. It is also not worthwhile to closely examine women and moreover point to them with your hand or finger.
In the event that you are officially represented as a Muslim woman, do not stretch your hand first - if a woman finds it acceptable, she will give a hand first.
To avoid an awkward situation, just tilt your head slightly as a sign that you have a pleasant acquaintance. Another rule also follows from this rule - do not take unmarried and especially married Muslim women by the hand or even by the elbow: this is indecent.
With respect to men's clothing, Shari'ah laws are much more loyal: short-sleeved shirts and even knee-length shorts are allowed for men. However, all loyalty ends at the threshold of the mosque.
Visiting mosques and holy places
Men are allowed to enter any mosque, both museum-type and operating ones. However, it is worth remembering that you should be worn long pants - in clothes, even slightly opening ankle, you will not be allowed into the holy place.
Before entering the mosque, you must remove your shoes.
How to behave a woman in a Muslim country?
It is no secret that Arab men are famous for their loving nature and, to be honest, belong to foreign “Natasha” in a very peculiar way. But to limit their attention to his person is quite simple.
The first and most important rule - do not walk outside the hotel alone or even with friends. You must be accompanied by a man. This, of course, is not a categorical limitation, and everyone has a choice, but by following this simple rule, you will avoid 90% of the trouble.
Another sure way to restrain the pressure of passions is to wear a wedding ring and sunglasses. They treat a married woman with a bit of respect, and glasses will help hide your gaze, not allowing men to regard it as appealing or flirtatious.
Perhaps you will be shouted on the street or try to talk to you. In this case, do not smile and all the more do not answer. Try to lower your eyes altogether and take the most modest and humble look you can. You will be silent with a haughty facial expression - just exacerbate your interest or, good, cause aggression.
If you need help on the street, contact a woman or a policeman. Getting into public transport, take a position closer to women. In many large cities, the first cars are designed exclusively for women.
When going for a ride on a camel or a horse, never sit down with an unfamiliar Arab man - this behavior is regarded almost as an intimate connection. Either with her man, or with a friend, or alone - and nothing else.
Everything is simple: nothing slinky, nothing open and nothing transparent. Hands should be hidden below the elbow, legs - below the knees. Do not bare the back and especially the chest. Do not wear pants.
Going to a Muslim country, buy yourself a pair of spacious and most closed cotton dresses, as well as a headscarf. So you will save yourself not only from lustful looks, but also from the sun, which is very, very aggressive in the south.
Wearing a swimsuit and even more so bikini on public beaches is unacceptable. Want to sunbathe - go to the pool of your hotel. And if you want to swim in the municipal beaches, you will have to buy a burkini - a fully enclosed bathing suit consisting of trousers, a dress and a cape on the head.
Entrance to existing mosques is strictly prohibited for women. If the mosque is only a monument of architecture, you can visit it, however, here it is necessary to observe propriety - to cover your arms, legs and head. And, of course, do not forget to take off your shoes before entering.
Despite the impressive amount of text that you had to master, in fact, the rules are not so many and remember them is not difficult. Even less effort is required to fulfill them. The reward for such efforts will be unsurpassed, uncluttered rest among the beauties of the mysterious Middle East.
What you need to know?
In fact, everything is quite serious: in some Arab countries, for example, the UAE, rash actions can entail bitter consequences that start with heavy fines and end up in prison, urgent deportation from the country with a refusal to re-enter its territory. For example, this refers to alcohol.
It is not a secret for anyone that in Muslim countries there is a “dry law”, where it can be used only on the territory of special bars or restaurants, as well as in the hotel’s own hotel room or on its territory.
In no case can he be drunk on the street or in other public places, even to appear in a society intoxicated state is highly undesirable, since you can be arrested.
For example, in the Emirates on the street can arrest or fine a person with a bottle of closed alcohol. Local police are always on the alert, on the other hand, this is good, because here you can absolutely not worry for their safety. You can not sell your existing alcohol, offer it to hotel workers or try to find out somewhere from the sellers in the market where you can get something "hot".
Behavior in public places
Будьте готовы к тому, что местные жители 5 раз в день совершают намаз – это такая молитва у мусульман, которую они не пропускают и проводят там, где оказались в данный момент времени. Нельзя рассматривать молящихся людей, тыкать пальцем или пытаться их сфотографировать в этот момент.
In general, with regards to photos and videos, there are laws here: for example, it is forbidden to rent military and government buildings, as well as beautiful mysterious mansions hidden behind high fences. In addition, such bans also apply to the filming of local residents: women are strictly forbidden to take pictures of women, men - only with their permission.
In Arab countries, it is customary to observe a certain culture of behavior on the street: for example, women should not be considered, especially those who wear hijab, vulgar jabs and jokes should not be let off, so you risk paying a fine. It is important to keep the streets clean, for example, again in the Emirates, indecent behavior is punishable by law, throwing garbage past an urn and so on.
You also can not show ardent feelings in public, even if you are in a formal relationship. The beach is a separate topic. Muslims are extremely negative attitude to the favorite pastime of our girls - sunbathing in a bikini, and indeed, to the habits of exposing most of the body.
Therefore, on the municipal beaches, even foreign tourists should sunbathe in burkini - special swimsuits for Muslim women, which consist of trousers, tunics and a headscarf. Men in this regard a little easier - they can easily sunbathe in swimming trunks or shorts.
On Wednesday and Sunday, only women and children can appear on municipal beaches, so these days they can appear there in swimsuits of free styles. On the territory of the hotel you can sunbathe and swim in regular swimsuits, you can also wear open clothes there, albeit within reasonable limits.
Walking around the city, you will see many mosques around. You should know that for women of other faiths the entrance to them is almost always forbidden, except for mosques that are no longer active and function only as a cultural monument.
Men can attend mosques, however, for this you need to take off your shoes and wear sufficiently closed clothes (shorts, breeches are forbidden). If you wander into the market, then everything is simple: bargain well, though, do not even think to call the seller a fraud.
The price can be shot down several times and, in general, if you do not bargain, you will be taken for a stupid tourist. As you can see, the rules are not so complicated and scary, if you follow them, then your holiday in Arab countries will turn into real pleasure.
How to behave in a hotel?
We spend most of our time at the hotel and, although it is believed that everything is possible there, there are some things that we should forget about before returning to our homeland.
You can not:
- Sunbathing or moving around the hotel is topless.
- Treat staff with alcohol.
- To show attention or to touch the staff of the opposite sex.
- Break the rules of decency and show ardent feelings for the satellite (of course, except for the territory of your number).
- Wear a swimsuit or open clothes.
- Eat, drink alcohol, smoke, including Ramadan
- Kiss and hug satellites, walk with them by the hand.
How to behave at a party?
Residents of many Arab countries are very hospitable. Therefore, if you are interested in something, do not be surprised at the invitation. True, only men can count on it. They also have to abide by a number of strict rules.
You can not:
- To enter the house shod, and, sitting at the table, to turn the foot to the interlocutor.
- Ask the house owner about his wife, contact her directly or invite her to the table (applies to all women in the house).
- Discuss politics, religion, government, disease, and women.
- Refuse from the proposed treats or take food with his left hand.
- Hurry up, show impatience, move sharply and gesticulate.
Food in the Arab house, photo by Petra_metzes
- Greet each other with a bow, do not stretch your hand until the owner of the house does it first (the handshake here is a very intimate, family gesture).
- Bring small souvenirs or tokens, with the exception of alcohol.
- Silently, bowing his head, wait out the prayer (prayer of the Muslims), without interrupting the hosts and not commenting on what is happening.
How to behave on the beach?
Hot Arab countries are traditionally famous for their beaches, but they also have solid cons. If in the same Egypt or Jordan, you can safely walk to the city beach and sunbathe in a swimsuit, then in the UAE or Morocco this can lead to arrest.
You can not:
- Sunbathing and swimming topless.
- Show to the companion tender feelings.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Photograph other swimmers or show increased attention to them.
On the beach in the Arab countries
- Sunbathing in a bathing suit on private beaches and in burkini (a closed female costume consisting of trousers, a tunic and a long headscarf) - on municipal ones.
- Swim, play sports, take pictures.
- For women and children there are some days when there are no men on the beach and you can come in closed swimsuits
How to behave on a trip?
You can get acquainted with the daily life of the city only on its streets. So feel free to go into reconnaissance, while not forgetting prudence.
You can not:
- Consider and discuss people of the opposite sex, touch them, take pictures without their permission.
- Eat on the go, smoke or drink alcohol.
- Take down the palaces of the rulers, the military and political institutions.
- Wear bright and open clothes or wear high heels.
- Women can not enter the existing mosque, men, though the entrance is allowed, but only barefoot and in closed clothes.
- In addition, you can not throw garbage on the street in the wrong place or try to bribe the police, but these rules apply to any civilized country.
- View and take pictures of museums, monuments and palaces.
- Ride by taxi and public transport.
- Ask for directions or advice from any local (better yet, that it was a man).
- Buy food, things, go to restaurants, exhibitions, museums and cinemas.
How to behave in the market?
Trade and bargain in the Arab countries love and know how, so you should take a whole day shopping. However, the art of churning prices also need to learn, because otherwise you can not only remain without a purchase, but also upset the seller, showing himself a savage.
You can not:
- Scold goods, comment on its quality and overpriced.
- Insult the seller.
- Immediately pay the specified amount and leave without bargaining.
- Try to find out where they sell alcohol and drugs.
- Appeal to the market value, the conscience of the seller and the lack of funds.
- Several times to return to the same shop or store.
As you can see, the list of rules is not so great, and to follow them is not difficult. Suffice it to respect the traditions of others, with respect to the rest was pleasant for both parties.