Visiting Dubai as a Tourist or looking for a job Opportunity? Learn what you should not do in this world class city.

Guide for Dubai visitors as tourists or seeking new opportunities.

Visiting Dubai as a Tourist or looking for a job Opportunity? Learn what you should not do in this world class city.

5o years of history 50 years of rich culture and heritage, mixed with traditional and modern infrastructure, lifestyle, safety, and advanced technology has made Dubai one of the most glamorous tourism, shopping, and realty destination in the world. The 10 million people in Dubai have only 11.48% Emiratis, and the rest 88.52% Expat population emanate from various demographics. 


Visiting Dubai as a Tourist

Dubai organizes events, exhibitions, and shopping festivals to attract millions of international tourists every year. Dubai gives visitors the chance to experience the most prominent, largest, and best in the Eastern hemisphere. As a tourist, what are the things you need to keep in mind:

Don't smoke or drink in public:  Although alcohol is not illegal in the country, it is prohibited to drink or smoke in public. 

Dress Appropriately:  Dubai's cosmopolitan culture allows residents and tourists to wear anything they wish. Although, you must refrain from wearing inappropriate clothing in religious places and some areas. 

Don't Drink or Eat in public during Ramadan:  Ramadan is the sacred month for Muslims. Eating and drinking in public places during Ramadan are prohibited. Most meal joints, restaurants, and hotels remain shut during Ramadan. However, the food courts operate in a covered area at the mall that stays open to meet non-fasting individuals' expectations. Even cinemas now allow bringing food in the theatre. You must refrain from eating on roads, building, public transit, and cars to respect the culture. 

Social Media Freedom:  While you're in Dubai, refrain from posting random statements and negative remarks about anything and everything. Dubai maintains a safe and calm public and social media environment and doesn't tolerate biased or agitating comments.


Visiting Dubai as a Candidate and Seeking new Opportunities

Dubai generates thousands of jobs every year in various sectors and roles and invites applicants from the global market. The pandemic has changed how recruitment worked in the past and has made it easier for recruiters to hire virtually.

If you're looking for work in the UAE. There are some things that you need to keep in mind.

  • You cannot work in the UAE if you are on a visitor tourist visa. Working on a visitor or tourist visa will result in fines and deportation. Although, employers prefer to hire individuals on visit visas, which can later be changed into work permits. It allows them to interact with the person face to face.
  • You must get an offer letter from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the UAE (MOHRE) if you are offered a job in the United Arab Emirates.
  • According to UAE labor law, the sponsor (employer) is liable for paying recruitment costs. 
  • A residence visa cannot be processed while the applicant is outside the country. A resident visa can be awarded only when the applicant is within the UAE and has entered the country on an entry permit. 
  • Refrain from paying to the recruiters and avoid recruitment scams. No agency or company in Dubai charges a candidate.  


If you're looking for Hospitality jobs in the UAE, you must check for new opportunities in the market. is a leading networking website connecting students, professionals, companies, and suppliers. The job marketplace on allows candidates to register and apply for free. Candidates can register and apply for jobs for free on's job marketplace.

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Written by Vandana Raj Bhatt, MD, Hozpitality Group