Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: 1990 500 SEL, 2003 Range Rover HSE
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
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You're right. Save Saudi Arabia, who has its share of religious tourism, more Arab Gulf cities are being promoted as attractive, modern tourist destinations. Dubai is among the most successful and it's getting more and more popular among tourists from India and Europe (especially the former Soviet Union) among others.
Abu Dhabi is trying to build a cultural tourism to its name while taking hints from Dubai's success story. Maybe tourists from the Americas are less targeted because of the distance factor. Contrary to what you'd expect, many haram activities are allowed. A tourist should only worry about being caught with drugs/narcotics.