Dress code would not apply to beaches

A proposed federal dress code in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would not affect tourists, experts have said.

Members of the Federal National Council are concerned about the number of people in the UAE dressing “inappropriately for Muslim country”, the National reports.

It is understood the proposed dress code would only apply in public places such as shopping centres and would not prevent tourists wearing swimwear on beaches or dressing in summer clothes in places where they are unlikely to cause offence.

Gaurav Sinha, the founder and managing director of a Dubai-based company, told the National that tourists should be unaffected.

“The law would not be restricting people from enjoying this part of the world but help them enjoy the culture,” he explained.

Although centres like Dubai, which will welcome 8.8 million international visitors this year, have become more westernised in recent years, it is important respect is shown for the local culture as failure to do so can land you in trouble with the police.

Written by Ruth Norris

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