Tipping in Dubai.

Old May 11th 2016, 5:14 pm
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Last year during Ramadan both Dubai Mall and Mall of Emirates had large food courts open during the day. They were screened off.

I imagine it'll be the same this year as the almighty tourist dollar can't be too ignored these days.

Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix
Excellent tip Meow. Will bring some Sterling with us then.

Shame we are coming when it's Ramadan but we knew this when we booked it. Will have emergency British biccies in our luggage to cope. That's if there's any room in our luggage after buying clothes in GB, shopping in NZ is shocking.
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Last year during Ramadan both Dubai Mall and Mall of Emirates had large food courts open during the day. They were screened off.

I imagine it'll be the same this year as the almighty tourist dollar can't be too ignored these days.
I'm sure we will cope. Can't really offer a full tourist experience if you don't then allow said tourists to eat and drink when they want at certain times of the year!
Have you noticed a gradual relaxation of the rules around Ramadan in more recent years?
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The mall food courts being open is a change from a few years ago when they were solidly closed.

You're staying at the Madinat and on the beach side of the hotels there will be food/drinks/smoking during daylight hours. Just no alcohol till sunset.

The biggest challenge, more than anything else, will be during the day when you're out and about and want something to drink but not even water in public is allowed, although I discreetly drink water in my car w/o a problem. Frankly, the worst that will happen to you if you drink water openly during daylight hours is a reminder from a security guard that it's Ramadan and to be respectful.

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I'm sure we will cope. Can't really offer a full tourist experience if you don't then allow said tourists to eat and drink when they want at certain times of the year!
Have you noticed a gradual relaxation of the rules around Ramadan in more recent years?
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Re tipping the petrol station guys - maybe worth asking if they actually get to keep the tips. I remember back in 2012 before we left DXB asking one of the guys in an E**rat station this question and he said that all tips were taken by the station operator/oil company. We gave him fruit juice and a sandwich instead.
you are guys sure about this - because they seem so happy to receive it and so I can only assume its them who is actually getting it
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you are guys sure about this - because they seem so happy to receive it and so I can only assume its them who is actually getting it
That happened for a period but there was an outcry. It wasn't all petrol stations even then. I just check with the guys every few weeks to ensure they receive it and they have all said yes for the longest time.
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That happened for a period but there was an outcry. It wasn't all petrol stations even then. I just check with the guys every few weeks to ensure they receive it and they have all said yes for the longest time.
Thanks MEOW - good to know.
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