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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 February 2019

‘Rupert the Expat Reindeer’ aims to advise Britons on UAE customs

British Embassy devises take on classic Christmas song as a reminder for its nationals to not fall foul of local customs as they celebrate over the festive period.

DUBAI // The British Embassy has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the UAE’s laws and customs in the run-up to Christmas.

Staff at the embassy have recorded a Christmas song that gives advice for Britons in the country.

The song is inspired by the Johnny Marks classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

“The UAE is home to more than 120,000 British nationals, and is visited by about a further million British nationals every year,” said Philip Parham, the British Ambassador to the UAE.

“I am pleased to say that only a very, very small percentage of them need to seek the help of our consular team.

“We want everyone to have a trouble-free festive period, so we take the opportunity of this season to raise awareness of UAE laws and customs in a fun way and, at the same time, to wish the British community here a Merry Christmas.”

The song, which was released on the embassy’s social media channels on Tuesday, is called Rupert the Expat Reindeer.

The lyrics follow the story of a group of expatriate reindeer who get a crash course in getting to know the local laws, customs and climate the hard way.

The song covers issues such as alcohol licences, drinking in public, wearing appropriate clothing and the use of offensive language.

The campaign is running on the embassy’s Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and YouTube accounts.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Updated: December 15, 2015 04:00 AM

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