The United Arab Emirates, the land of colors, light and magnetism has been subject to a number of misconceptions and assumptions - just like any other country in the Middle East.
But, when people think UAE ... they think the following 5 things are true:
1. "Celebrities are everywhere"
Yes, a number of celebrities have expressed their undying love for Dubai time and again.
Some have even decided to move there, even if it was just for a short period of time.
But that doesn't mean you're going to bump into celebrities left, right and center. Do you go to Los Angeles expecting to meet and greet with A-listers?
Didn't think so.
2. "Alcohol is illegal"
Drinking alcohol is not illegal in most parts of the UAE - but there are certain rules and regulations that one must follow.
You can buy alcohol if you're at licensed restaurants/hotels/clubs and at home (of course, you need to get a liquor license for that).
However, getting too tipsy in public or crossing the line for that matter, is considered illegal.
The legal age varies across the UAE (21 in Dubai & 18 in Abu Dhabi).
Drinking alcohol in Sharjah is illegal.
3. "The place is a pure desert ... and it never snows"
I know you fantasize about sunbathing in the UAE, but one should not expect it to be sunny the whole year round.
Just one example is how badly it's been flooding here in the past few weeks. In fact, earlier this month it even snowed in parts of the UAE - with temperatures hitting record lows.
There's no such thing as 24/7 sunny days. Never.
4. "The UAE is all about Dubai ... and only Dubai"
Though Dubai is arguably one of the most attractive cities in the world, there are many interesting and fascinating places to explore in the other emirates as well.
Looking at Ras Al-Khaimah alone, one has so many sights to choose from including the hot pools in Khatt Springs, the village of tombs, Shimal and the exotic Iceland Water Park.
5. "You can party from dusk to dawn"
Who would not like to party in Dubai? The world-class night clubs in the emirate makes the place lively and happening.
Yet, it doesn’t mean that there is no full stop to it.
As per law, nightclubs in Dubai are required to be shut down by 3 am. Violating the law can definitely land you a heavy fine.