If you’re in the mood for a vacation unlike any other, then the United Arab Emirates can truly deliver. Though the country’s most populous city, Dubai, gets most of the attention, there’s still plenty to see and so in the UAE’s capital and second largest city, Abu Dhabi, the glittering jewel of the desert. Of course, if you’re planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates, you should be prepared for something of a culture shock. It’s not America, and they do things a little differently. What’s more, the punishments in the UAE run much stricter than they do in the states, so before you step into a potential international incident, check out a few things to avoid doing in Abu Dhabi.
1. Don’t Rent a Hotel Room Right Next to a Mosque
In Abu Dhabi, there’s a call to prayer five times a day. This call can be heard on radios and speakers throughout the city, but it’s particularly louder closest to mosques. So, unless you want to be up before the sunrise every morning, it’s probably best to pick a hotel room in a quieter part of town.