By Parag Deulgaonkar
The Consulate General issues new advisory to its citizens
The Consulate General of India, Dubai, has issued a new advisory for nearly 2.6 million Indians living in the UAE.
The advisory, which has been put up on its website, reveals 11 things that Indians coming and residing should never do that includes not to take photographs of anyone especially women, families, government buildings, not to post photos on social media of local incidents such as building fires and storm damage, and never to issue a bad cheque.
Here is the list of 11 things that need to be avoided, at all cost:
1. Don’t sign any cheque unless you have the full balance of the amount in your bank account.
2. Don’t misbehave with women or indulge in unwanted conversation, prolonged stares, ogling, glaring, shouting, touching, stalking or any other comments or other such behaviour that may offend and are considered harassment.
3. Do not take photographs of anyone, especially women, families and government buildings.
4. Do not carry any medicine/drug without checking the list of restricted drugs or without seeking approval from the UAE Ministry of Health.
5. Do not drive without a valid driving license from UAE or indulge in drink and drive.
6. Avoid begging, which is strictly prohibited.
7. Do not be unpleasant with regard to Islam or the ruling family.
8. Do not post photos on social media of local incidents, such as building fires and storm damage, as it can be considered a crime. It is strongly advised travellers and residents to take particular care not to cause offence, including on social media.
9. Do not smoke in public buildings, as it is illegal.
10. Do not indulge in any kind of fraudulent practices (issuing cheques without funds and non-payment of bills), which are regarded as extremely serious offences and may result in imprisonment and fines.
11. All sexual relations outside marriage are illegal and punishable. Adultery, cohabitation, homosexual activity and cross dressing are illegal in the UAE and can result in a fine, prosecution, imprisonment and deportation.
Re #8 - just recently, there was a fire and pictures were up on multiple social media sites including on Dubai bloggers pages - probably still there as well. Should we be reporting them? and if yes, to who?