Dubai is the best and most tolerant of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Its economy may be dependent on increasingly on tourism, but it is still a Muslim country.
Dubai is a place of contrasts for many reasons, and rules of its dress code are the perfect example of that. It attracts many outsiders such as tourists, so keeping its clothing styles decent. Everyone is warned to dress modestly and respectfully in public places. Although westerns style of dressing such as t-shirts, long skirts, and trousers are allowed, women are expected to keep their skin covered. To sum it up to anything and everything goes as long as you remember that you are in the progressive Islamic Emirates.
When you’re outside the resort, it’s best to wear a modest and decent dress. Short sleeveless summer clothes, bathing are acceptable as long as you wear them within the ground of the resorts. So avoid wearing banned clothes. You’re going to be in trouble if you choose banned clothing items in Dubai, so it is best to avoid them entirely.
If you are going to Dubai to the world’s biggest mall, here are few things that you can keep in mind when picking your wardrobe:
At the Malls and Souks
The largest and large malls of Dubai are some of the places in the city that do have a policy on what constitutes as a good outfit. They are also the places where you will see the dress code very unashamedly ignored, especially by foreigner tourists. For women wearing shirts that cover the shoulders and pants or skirts that cover the knees. For men no muscle tanks or short shorts, men have to cover their knees too.
At the Beach
Sometimes cold air of the AC just won’t do the trick to cool you down. There are not many choices regarding modest swim wear; ladies have the green light to bust out those bikinis in Dubai. Just leave your bikini style belt at home, and don’t even think about sunbathing topless because that’s illegal here. Men can wear their favorite outfit at the beach or by the pool. Whether or not anyone should wear outfit is an entirely different argument, but the option is available and acceptable in Dubai.
Many seaside restaurants, you’ll see people in their shorts, tank tops, sheer cover ups or even their bathing suits, but leaving the water, you should include up again. It’s is not South Beach, Miami, people. Again, it is a matter of respect.
At the Desert Safari
Desert Safari very popular tourists place in Dubai so you can assume to be with people from all over the world. On the safari, shorts and tank tops are fine. You’ll be riding camels, sand boarding, dune bashing and then sitting on carpets in the sand for dinner and a show. Loose or flexible pants are great or even leggings (legwarmers).
Anything that allows for a range of sign so you can comfortably sit on the floor. As the top, you choose, keep in mind that in the desert it does get cold at night and hot in the day time. Change in temperature is also another reason to consider not wearing shorts during the evening at Dubai Safari.
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At the Mosque
If you are visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, you must wear the complete dress. Even though you are just a visitor, but it is still a location of worship for many other people. If you don’t have clothes that would be fit, the mosque provides abayas for women and kandourahs for men to borrow. Smaller mosques may only be able to give headscarves for women to cover their hair. So keep that in mind if you plan to visit a different mosque, whichever mosque you decide to attend, you should remove your shoes before going inside.