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This article was the Collaboration of the week between 20 Mar 2006 and 26 Mar 2006.

Translation[edit]

Here's a handy link to an English translation of the Japanese Wikitravel article which seems to have a lot of content:

Here's the Systranbox[1] version as well:

Note: Be careful not to edit the babelfished version by mistake!

This is absolutely hilarious! "11.1 you stay -- Flophouse!" Jpatokal 21:54, 15 Feb 2006 (EST)
Indeed! I love this one: "Walking: If some movement which is while blocking it is possible also to turn with walking. However, because it is very hot country, you pay attention to the hear stroke and the like. You take the moisture mainly, overstrain excessively and walk and in order not to turn, (above thinking, you consume the physical strength)." 12.27.44.149 22:21, 11 April 2006 (EDT)

External links[edit]

Why are these located here and not on the main page? They will be overlooked as people generally will not look at the discussion page.

See Wikitravel:External links. Some of these are OK, but most are not. Jpatokal 01:53, 30 July 2006 (EDT)

To make this is clear as possible: These links are here to help us find information to add to the actual article. This is not part of the guide, and they'll be deleted soon. - Todd VerBeek 18:43, 9 June 2007 (EDT)

(nuked) Jpatokal 02:35, 27 January 2009 (EST)

Jpatokal: Would be helpful to keep these links here, especially when if someone plans to add more content to the article on Dubai, acting as a good reference point but understand that some are perhaps not the most relevant/apt. By on large, most add value to any authors editing the main document. Why all this nuking? :)

They've been sitting there for two years and the list is just growing, not shrinking... Wikitravel is not a link farm. Jpatokal 10:29, 27 January 2009 (EST)

Then I propose a revised list of all of the most relevant and informative sources. "...Wikitravel is not a link farm." Thanks for clearing that up!


Useful site for info[edit]

The above is not a government site! Please see http://www.dubai.ae/portal/en.portal?dea_visitors,dae_visitors_accommodations,0,&_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=package -- which is run by the Dubai Government.

Erm[edit]

Surely something about the draconian drug laws that can lead to a jail sentence even if you have a small speck of cannabis on your shoe or have eaten a poppyseed bagel are worth pointing out here. 128.227.179.138 09:32, 29 February 2008 (EST)

A while back, I added a fairly detailed description of several cases where travelers were imprisoned for those kinds of "crimes" and how human rights groups have tried to intervene and warn travelers who plan to fly into Dubai, but someone deleted what I wrote almost immediately. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 65.81.165.32 (talkcontribs) 08:46, 2008 July 30

Hi, welcoome to Wikitravel, both of you! I've never been to Dubai, so I'm glad to see people with specific knowledge thinking about contributing it. It's certainly fine to add information about drug enforcement. My suggestion is to make sure that it's factual not advocacy, and informative not sloppy. Some people put in out-of-place strangeness like this, which most experienced WT editors would revert right away. Offhand, "a small speck of cannabis on your shoe or have eaten a poppyseed bagel" sounds a bit anecdotal, and "human rights groups have tried to intervene" sounds like advocacy. So take some care to craft something useful and good. I look forward to seeing your contributions! JimDeLaHunt 00:57, 31 July 2008 (EDT)

Jpatokal[edit]

Sorry, Jpatokal but I think your wrong. What part of "Roller Coaster" does not make it clear that this is not a "Merry-Go_Round" ? What makes you think the driver will not stop and give you a break if you do start feeling bad ? (Try that on a roller coaster !) And if you do insist on keeping this "Warning", can you at least word it so it does not sound like a five year old whining ? Woodstock 09:45, 27 March 2008 (EDT)

'Twasn't my wording, but I've edited it. And seriously, it wouldn't have occurred to me that people get car-sick from dune bashing. Killed, mangled, or just shaken up, yes, but not nauseous... Jpatokal 12:25, 27 March 2008 (EDT)

Kissing[edit]

Nothing here on how it's illegal to kiss in public, surely this is extremely important for someone traveling to the state? Just wondering if there's any reason it's not detailed.

Please go ahead and add this warning. It probably belongs at United Arab Emirates, and can be referenced from Dubai. --Burmesedays 10:41, 14 March 2010 (EDT)

As a Dubai resident I would like to clarify - kissing is not "illegal" but necking is! There is a difference and I think it is important to note this! --Shafeeq

Districts[edit]

Dubai is actually divided into districts or municipalities. Will it be helpful if I add the list of districts? --SnappyHip 14:57, 24 April 2010 (GST)

Yes. I would suggest starting an Orientation sub-section of Understand and putting the information there.--Burmesedays 02:15, 25 April 2010 (EDT)

about the warning note.[edit]

The warning note seems to be inappropriate in the article. The article is talking about a city/emirate of UAE. However, the warning note seems to imply the UAE as a whole. I was thinking of moving that warning note from this article to the United Arab Emirates article.--Dark Paladin X 17:00, 4 May 2010 (EDT)

xl[edit]

I have noticed the following paragraph:

Recreational drug use and distribution is a serious criminal offence, even when in the company of the person consuming the material. A few grammes can lead to a prison sentence of several years, while production and distribution could land yourself in front of the firing squad. Passenger baggage is screened quite thoroughly when entering Dubai. Even prescription drugs or ones that you bought over the counter in your country can lead to a prison sentence. A list of banned medication can be found [2], with an official UAE list of controlled drugs found at [3].

The links appears to be helpful but, I am in doubt if they are in accordance with our external link policy, any thoughts?, --ClausHansen 14:56, 31 July 2010 (EDT)

I'd say definitely keep moh.gov.ae, since it's the official page (like we do keep links to ministries of foreign affairs for full explanations on visa issues). I'm not sure about the other one but since it seems very useful and is not explicitly listed at Xl#What not to link to, I'd say (borderline) keep it as well. And the list of fairtrials.net looked more user-friendly to me at first glance. I wouldn't mind removing it in order not to set a precedent for external links, though. – Vidimian 15:22, 31 July 2010 (EDT)

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