DUBAI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- You think Singapore is a strict city? You may be right as for now but the Gulf Arab metropolis Dubai is hard on the heels of the Southeast Asian business metropolis.
Dubai, with its total population of 2.2 million people, is part of the seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which celebrated its 40th anniversary on Dec. 2. None of the other six sheikhdoms has as high standards as Dubai in relation to dos and don'ts, rules and fines.
Dubai aims to become the leading spot for business and tourism in the region, and this motivated the emirate to take steps for security which no other Arab sheikhdom or state has taken.
It aims to harbor 15 million tourists per year from 2012, and this requires the state to observe not only the respect for Islamic traditions but also for providing a stable environment with low crime rates and insignificant traffic offenses.
Businessmen, such as Vijay P. from Kerala, India, also prefer safe places. The Indian man, who travels regularly from Kerala to Dubai for business, said he wants to spend his next holiday in the Gulf emirate.
In Dubai, "I never had the feeling someone was chasing my briefcase, even not when I am out late," he said.
Hotels and shopping malls demand their guests to dress conservatively. Once known as a "laisser faire" place, the Gulf Arab sheikhdom of Dubai adapted a "zero-tolerance" policy towards bad behavior and reckless driving.