Toilets and Water
Toilets are generally very clean
and accessible. You’ll have no problem in the malls or hotels. Moving to some
of the outskirts or further into the desert, you may encounter very dated
toilets, which essentially are holes in the ground, along with douche sprays.
You’ll also encounter douche sprays in many modern toilets, and sometimes a few
puddles! If you are in the very rural areas, you may need to carry a roll of
toilet paper with you, or you’ll have no friends.
The official line is that the
water is fine to drink. The Emirates spend a small fortune on desalination to
get the water drinkable and usable in the home. The reality is that the
expatriates don’t drink the tap water and instead go for bottled water. If you
are at a restaurant ask for Masafi or Al Ain Water or the equivalent. Evian
will be more expensive. Despite this – the UAE is not somewhere where you are
going to get an upset stomach from the water, so it is completely safe to brush
your teeth etc.