Bearing all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that as in many other Middle Eastern countries you should dress conservatively and that there are laws governing this.
So, leave the bird watching or plane spotting for places where you're less liable to look like youre up to something dodgy basically.
In keeping with this attitude, equipment such as satellite phones, radio transmitters, listening or recording devices, powerful cameras with a zoom lens, binoculars or telescopes which may be legal elsewhere, may require a licence of use in the UAE, so be sure to check if that is the case.
This legal attitude extends to even minor public displays of affection such as holding hands and kissing in public which are socially unacceptable in the UAE and there have been arrests for such behaviour.
Of course there'd be no tourism industry at all if there weren't slightly different rules in the confines of the western hotels, but even there, don't go overboard!
Be careful if you plan on any recreational boating or fishing near the island of Abu Musa, located approximately 30 kilometres from Dubai.
Iran and the UAE have a long-standing disagreement regarding the jurisdiction of Abu Musa.
Be aware of your actions to ensure that they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
There may be serious penalties for doing something that might not be illegal in the UK.
Distributing and preaching non-Islamic religious material to Muslims is punishable by imprisonment and deportation, although it doesn't work the other way around.
This may even include a simply discussion of over faiths and people have been deported for just that reason, even when they didn't think they were preaching at all.
Harassment includes unwanted touching, conversation, insults, rude gestures, glaring, shouting, stalking, and just about anything you would normally consider to be rude basically.