05 Nov From GulfNews.com – Etiquette instruction has become necessary in Dubai Hotels
Hotels issue brunch etiquette norms
By Kevin Scott, Staff Reporter
Dubai: Expatriates and visitors to Dubai are being reminded of what is considered acceptable behaviour at the city’s notorious brunches.
Several hotels have taken steps recently to inform guests of the etiquette expected of them at the popular events, which have become something of a Dubai institution.
Al Qasr Hotel, part of the Jumeirah Hotel Group, has started leaving cards on dining tables that list the do’s and don’ts of brunch behaviour. The move comes as a British couple await an appeal hearing after being found guilty of having sex on a Dubai beach. The pair had consumed a large amount of alcohol at one of the city’s brunches prior to engaging in the “activity”.
When contacted, Marco Nijhof, Senior Vice-President, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Jumeirah, said: “At Madinat Jumeirah, we have taken the initiative to inform our guests about local culture and customs here in Dubai. We have therefore produced information cards which are distributed throughout Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr and which advise our guests about acceptable dress codes, public displays of affection, drinking and other… behaviour.”
Cynthia’s comment: This is another example of tourists visiting a country without learning the local culture, etiquette and protocols.