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Going to Dubai

Me and my girlfriend are planning on going to Dubai in September. We are not married and are worried that could affect our holiday because of their strict rules. I already am aware of the clothing and alcohol rules but is it true that being an unmarried couple in Dubai is dangerous? Mainly im worried about the hotel as I heard staying in the same room could cause some alarms with different surnames on passport? Please help me on this topic!!!

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1. Re: Going to Dubai

If you don't tell them they won't know. Many married females keep their maiden names and many couples share a room too with no problem.

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Many married people from the middle east and for eg South America have different surnames, so that on its own will not raise that much interest. There are many hotels where it is easy to get a room; we did it last year. Do a google search; there is lots of information. Some hotels do ask for a marriage certificate though ie the Hyatt asked a guy from work (married) for a copy at booking.

There is always a chance you could get busted although I doubt, if you are discrete, Dubai wants the attention.

Edited: 07 January 2014, 17:17
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As above, the fact you have different surnames is a none issue.

No need to do a google search as it is one of the most common questions on here and you'll find tons of other posts.

There are thousands of unmarried people in hotel rooms all year and whilst strictly it is illegal no one will care or know unless you tell them and they will simply assume you are married. It is also common to refer to people as Mr First Name and Mrs First Name so the surname is irrelevant.

Certain hotels have an issue with gentlemen being visited in their rooms by ladies with whom they intend to share very little - this is particularly noticeable by the docks or the airport, so in that sense I'm not surprised about the Hyatt comment.

Stick to the more popular tourist areas and you will be fine.

Incidentally, it is overlooked by the authorities unless you draw the attention of the authorities by behaving in public in a way you wouldn't want your mother to see - if you follow that advice then you'll be fine.

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You'll be fine if you don't come to the attention of the police for another reason - getting in a bar fight, falling down drunk in public etc. The hotel staff will not care about your status. Just refer to each other as husband and wife and nobody will know you are not married.

Many, many unmarried couples visit Dubai and live together in Dubai with no problem.

Search this forum for many other threads on this subject.

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