You can buy bibles, crosses and the such at the local churches here. I've brought Bibles and little statues through customs and have had no problems. I've also had them in a suitcase that got shipped over and was opened by customs and they did not even bat an eyelid. Christianity is one the religions that is actually recognised as being a 'true religion', so I doubt that they will kick up much fuss over a bible.You are not allowed to bring a bible or any other non muslim, books or artefacts. You are also not allowed books that criticise Islam or the UAE.
As for movies it's a bit hit and miss, obviously no pornography. There are a few titles on the banned list but after that it's up to the particular customs guy that day.
I wouldn't use that as a rule at all! Loads of things on sale that could potentially get someone into trouble at the airport.I think if you can find something on sale here, then you an bring it.
If someone has a bible for personal use, it is not an issue. Now, on the other hand, if you rock up with boxes upon boxes of bibles and religious artefacts, singing praises all over the place, you will definitely have some explaining to do! There is a major difference in having a bible that you read every night and actually going out and preaching about your religion and trying to get people to 'sign up' to your religious views and customs.I wouldn't use that as a rule at all! Loads of things on sale that could potentially get someone into trouble at the airport.
I can't remember the link but did read off a home office website or similar that while churches and christianity is respected within the UAE it is not allowed to be promoted. As such you shouldn't bring in bibles etc.