Originally Posted by roadwarrior
Will we feel out of place if we want to do things that involve drinking (we're huge wine drinkers)? I've heard that things are getting very expensive in Dubai. Will this negate our intention to save a lot of money while over there (living tax free)? Any additional thoughts would be welcomed as well.
You can have alcohol license to buy alcohol in dedicated places and bars but you shouldn't expect a life like the US. Dubai, although very liberal can be as traditional as Saudi Arabia in many aspects. Porn and anything inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates is censored in the web. You have to abide with the culture, for example, kissing in public and even light public sexual affections are not accepted. Freedom of speech, although better than most of Arab countries is still limited.
I thought that I need to tell u because some came while being ignorant about almost everything here. So they have a cultural shock and want to go back. You are going to a different league with people natives having a different mentality !!