|Camel Meat Sandwich|
Despite the strict rules about displaying public affection and dress codes; prostitution is very widespread in Dubai.There are a few streets famous for having prostitutes, I won't name them.. Anyway it IS illegal and you can still get jailed/fined/deported for a lot less than that. For instance making out in public (or even in private)if you are not married to the girl. Also you are not allowed to live with someone from the opposite sex unless you are married to the person.
|Ramadan mass Iftar meals from Mosques.|
It's very interesting experiencing the Holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, few notes about Ramadan. For those who do not know what Ramadan is, it's a holy month for Muslims where people refrain from eating/drinking during daylight hours.
-Companies are legally obliged to reduce working days by two hours during Ramadan for muslim AND non-muslim workers. Pretty cool.
-It is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours. It's not highly enforced but if somebody saw you eating and called the cops, you will be fined heavily.
-Mosques offer free Iftar meals to basically anyone during the month, also pretty cool especially that you do not have to be a muslim to take advantage of that !
-No matter in which part of Dubai you are in, you will hear calls to prayer at least five times a day. Even in shopping malls, the calls to prayer are put out over the speakers, to remind Muslims that it is time to pray.
|Nissan GTR - Just a Police Car in AbuDhabi, Dubai Civil Defence Cars are Corvettes !|
-Speeding is Dubai’s national sport, Seriously! You will understand when you come here.
-Dubai has one of the best road networks in the world in terms of quality..However,
-Driving can be very very scary at times. Just to compare: UAE has six times more deaths from road traffic accidents per year than the USA & Europe. SIX TIMES! and here is an exert from a study done on this traffic accidents in the UAE:
"Careless driving is identified as the most important factor in RTAs over the period of study, accounting for over 35% of all incidents, while excessive speed was the second most common cause." (Link to the study)
|That piece of metal with the number one is worth millions in Dubai, no joke.|
There are ‘No Taxes’ in Dubai but it’s more of a marketing thing because you end up paying shitloads of government fees and whatnot for everything that you do. A more accurate statement would be "less taxes than North America and Europe".
|Traffic is a killer in Dubai (Photo of celebrations after the 2009 Gulf Cup win via Gulfnews)|
I dont think there is any country that has zero racism but in UAE its much worst, as much as people hate to admit it, your passport pretty much determines your salary. It goes something like this:
High Salary: North-American/European
Low-range: South Asia
So a German doing the same job as a person from Nepal could be paid twice as much.
-Summer (may-august) is very harsh, you can't go out till the afternoon because the temperatures are above 40C (thats 100+ Fahrenheit 90% of the summer days)
-For the rest of the year, the weather is amazing ! oh yea and we get less than 20cm of rain per YEAR.
|Palm Jumeirah - one of the bigass space Tattoos we have.|
Or lack thereof, there is NO proper address system, no house/street numbers... everything is done by description and locations are relative to landmarks or famous streets
What about deliveries or online purshaches? same thing, that's the main reason why shopping online is not as common in UAE.
-Well, the population doubled since 1995, and 80% of the population are foreigners.
-When do you get UAE Citizenship, if you were:
Born here ? nop
Lived here for past 10 years ? nop
20 years? nopmarried a local girl ? nop
married a local guy? maybe
30 years, owner of big business and I know shitloads of important people? if you really want it, yes.
|After Dubai Metro was opened in 2010|
-The Craziest/Biggest Buildings are in Dubai.
-Facebook penetration rate in UAE is more than 45% which is almost same as the USA. That rate is highest among the Arab countries and one of the highest in the world.
-At some point Skype,Hi5 and Flickr were blocked throughout UAE, not sure if they still are.
UAE has one of the highest youth literacy rates in the world (97% for boys, 93% for girls)
|Burj Dubai; Because we can.|
13.Celebrities in Dubai
It's easy to find the celebrities in Dubai because there are only a handful of places where they visit and live in, some of the places: The Palm Islands, Dubai Marina, Dubai Mall, Burj Dubai and Burj Al Arab. If you really have nothing to do then pass by all those places and keep your eyes open and I guarentee in a few days you will find some famous peeps.
|A photo of Ronaldinho drinking something is interesting because he is famous|
|Sheikh Mohammad making sure Tom Cruise is having a good time, part of his duties as Vice President.|
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