UAE | Tourism

Guidelines in 12 languages to foster awareness among tourists

Guidelines in simple and clear format in order to instil a sense of safety among tourists

  • By Iman Sherif, 
Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 July 5, 2012
  • Gulf News

The Abu Dhabi Police issued a flyer, as a guide for tourists, in 12 languages. The flyer contains guidelines of the ethics and values of the UAE along with the expected behaviour from tourists.

The campaign aims at fostering awareness among tourists about the UAE culture, customs and traditions and enhancing the tourism concept. In addition, it is intended to make tourists aware of emergency contacts should the need exist for them to call for help.

The flyer is issued in Arabic, English, Russian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu.

“The flyer will provide tourists with guidelines about appropriate conduct, along with uncivilised behaviour that are not acceptable at tourist areas. This will promote awareness among tourists in order for them to enjoy their stay in the UAE,” said Brigadier Omair Al Meheiri, deputy director general of the operation room at the Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters.

The flyers provide guidelines to prevent tourist from getting into trouble with the law. As an example, the information makes it clear that possession of drugs and drug usage are illegal in the UAE.

It also addresses other illegal acts such as prostitution, driving while intoxicated, alcohol consumption without licence, etc..

Additionally, the flyers provide guidelines on how to behave in public and behaviours that may be tolerable in other countries but considered either illegal or inappropriate in the UAE. It addresses issues such as physical displays of affection, attire, smoking, drinking or eating during Ramadan, respect of religious sites and occasions, attire for beaches, photography in restricted areas, etc..

Recommendations on safety are also included, such as carrying cash, use of credit cards, need to carry identification and emergency contacts.

“The guidelines are explained in simple and clear format in order to instil a sense of safety among tourists and protect them from unpleasant incidents that occur to them. The flyer is a way of communication with tourists that offers preventive guidelines for their safety,” he added.

Brigadier Al Meheiri called on tourists not to hesitate to call tourist police should any emergency occurs by dialling 999 or 8002626.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 10:11 July 5, 2012

    GN Could have published the guidelines?

    Umer Yousuf, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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