(Contrary to what is printed in some guidebooks, the souks in Abu Dhabi were torn down in 2006 and no longer exist.
The souks in Dubai are still wonderful to explore, though.) Alcohol is widely available at many restaurants and bars in Dubai and in the tourist hotels of every other emirate save Sharjah.
Major international chains such as Ikea, Carrefour, and Geant have a presence and fast-food chains (nearly all from the U. On the other hand, there are still a few crowded traditional souks filled with products from around the world and rug stores.
These can be hard to find for the average traveler, as the malls tend to gain an overwhelming amount of attention.
There are elements that some overseas travelers may be unaccustomed to, such as fully veiled women, but as this is "their way", tourists should show respect and will be offered the same in turn.
Ramadan Ramadan is the 9th and holiest month in the Islamic calendar and lasts 29–30 days.
Muslims fast every day for its duration and most restaurants will be closed until the fast breaks at dusk.
Nothing (including water and cigarettes) is supposed to pass through the lips from dawn to sunset.
Despite that, Emiratis use water at an alarming rate: there are broad swaths of grass in the major public parks, for example, and landscaping can be extensive in the resorts or other public places. In the summer, temperatures soar and humidity is close to unbearable – it is widely suspected that the officially reported temperatures are "tweaked" to cut off the true summer highs, which can go above 50°C, or 120°F.Europeans (mostly British and French) and Sri Lankans form the next largest communities. Many Arab countries have passed policies like the UAE's Emiratisation, which is a policy that prevents migrants from taking all the job opportunities and provides more jobs to local Emiratis. Only 20% are 'real' Emiratis; the rest come from the Indian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka (50%); other parts of Asia, particularly the Philippines, and Malaysia (another perhaps 15%); and "Western" countries (Europe, Australia, North America, South Africa; 5-6%), with the remainder from everywhere else.On any given day in Dubai or Sharjah, for example, you can see people from every continent and every social class.Supermarkets offer a vast assortment of products from Europe and the U.S., depending on the shop, along with local and regional items.