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Are there any restrictions as to books or media we would be allowed to bring into the country? We have nothing extreme, mind you, but for instance a Bible, fiction or Western music, movies (non-adult).
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.

Up to the point when I managed to drop it down the drain in the bath, I also used to wear a chain, with a cross pendant - always visible.

I think if you can find something on sale here, then you an bring it.

I actually know someone who had a DVD seized by customs and decided to fight against it and lo and behold, the DVD was returned to her, without any fuss!
 

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Some of the shops at the Souk Madinat sell statues of the Virgin Mary and framed pictures of Jesus.
 

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U shouldnt have any issues to bring ur own books/dvds as long as they are within UAE culture and none is a porno type
 

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I think if you can find something on sale here, then you an bring it.
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.
 

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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.
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 think the source of information should be the Dubai Government/ Customs website or those who have experience of the process involved in doing something. It's all well and good for different Government to produce guidelines for their citizens but rules change so quickly here that it's impossible to keep up with them and a lot of times, hearsay and rumours also get published as facts.

I think the idea is to use common sense when packing and deciding what to bring. I chucked a lot of stuff that I didn't even need to when I moved over because of those infamous Government websites and their advice and that's the reason why I also say that they sometimes publish hearsay amongst the facts.
 

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I brought lots of books and they were all inspected by customs. Mind you they were all about work and personal development. Perhaps I was not lucky, but after the inspection it was cleared. Based on that experience, I feel they have strong reservations about books.
 
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