Dubai holidays can make for the trip of a lifetime – but only if Britons follow the correct rules and regulations. Failure to do so could mean a dream vacation quickly turns to a nightmare. Rules in Dubai and the wider UAE are largely based on longstanding cultures, tradition and Muslim religion. One particular regulation which could affect female travellers from the UK is centred on clothing restrictions.
In a hot country, many would be understandable inclined to pack bikinis, strappy tops and skimpy skirts.
Yet in Dubai, these garments will get females into trouble.
Instead, women need to adopt a much more conservative dress code.
The UK government website issues advice on the matter and states: “Women should dress modestly when in public areas like shopping malls.
“Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible.
“Swimming attire should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools.
“Cross-dressing is illegal.”
Failure to do so can result in a three year jail sentence.
Most malls and public places, as well as sites of historical interest, have a sign on their gate asking visitors to dress appropriately.
Meanwhile, the UK government issued further guidance for travellers, and urges them to be aware of all the regulations before travelling.
It added: “The UAE is a Muslim country. Laws and customs are very different to those in the UK.
“You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times.
“There may be serious penalties for doing something that might not be illegal in the UK.”
Mohammed Talal Al Tamimi, a lawyer at Tamami & Co, told website Khaleej Times: “There are no context or law that regulates or controls clothing limits or set penalties for it, but there is the Article 358 of the Federal Penal Code of the State, which says that indecent actions or anything that might be prejudicial to public morals made by a man or woman in public and could be considered as indecency would be punishable by six months to three years and deportation, according to the first paragraph of the Article 121 of the same law.”