Dubai Tipping Advice

Tipping is not a widely established practice in the UAE, as restaurants prefer to include a service charge. Given the low salary of many waiters however, tips are greatly appreciated.

 

Greeting Someone in Dubai

Usual practice is the use of “Sayed” (Mr) or “Sayeda” (Mrs) followed by the first name. The first name should always be prefixed with the honorific title, especially in business situations

 

Dubai Business Hours and Banking

Dubai’s business community work Saturday to Thursday 08:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. Banking hours in Dubai are from 08:00 to 13:00, Saturday through Wednesday, although some also open from 16:30 to 18:30 pm. On Thursdays, banks are open between 08:00 and 12:00.

 

Dubai Smoking

Attitudes to smoking in Dubai are the same as in Europe and in most cases it is obvious where not to smoke. Visitors should remember that during Ramadan, it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public.

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