UAE takes swipe at 'immodest' outfits

2012-06-12 17:39

Abu Dhabi - The main public advisory body in the United Arab Emirates says it will push for stronger measures to discourage revealing clothing worn by tourists and others in the Gulf's most socially liberal country.

The Federal National Council backed the proposal on Tuesday after the country's culture minister, Abdulrahman al-Owais, supported efforts to emphasis the conservative traditions of the UAE — which is now home to nearly all of the world's nationalities in cosmopolitan centres such as Dubai.

Some council members have urged for airport fliers and other publicity campaigns to encourage less flesh-showing in public. The half-elected, half-appointed council has no law-making powers and any decision rests with the UAE's government.

In recent weeks, a social media drive by two Emirati women has appealed to foreigners to avoid "immodest" clothes such as tiny shorts and skimpy tops in public.

  • Press - 2012-06-12 18:13

    The UAE ambassador probably blew his chances for an invite to the Zulu's annual reed dance . . . . . .

  • Anthea - 2012-06-12 18:46

    That's only fair. When in Rome , do as the Romans do. When we went to Dubai, we respected their culture, even though they didn't enforce it.

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-06-12 19:38

      But that should go both ways. We respect their culture, but they don't respect ours?

      Yusuf - 2012-06-12 21:15

      Marina you visiting their home they not visiting you and that's the fundamental difference. If they visited here they would have no right to tell us anything because they would need to respect the culture of South Africa

      sven.gohre - 2012-06-12 21:50

      @Anthea, then could you please explain why they do not for example respect the culture of Britain. The Burka is a garment that violates everything that Western culture stands for, but they threaten to kill politicians in Europe that want to have it banned. They expect all Westerners to fall in line with their religious beliefs, but have no intention of ever falling in line with any other culture's beliefs and sensibilities. It is all one sided, do you not agree?

      Anthea - 2012-06-13 08:34

      You are not responsible for other people's behaviour , only your own. It's called respect, something your parents should have taught you.Their religion dictates that they wear those outfits, but nowhere in the Bible does it say, thou shalt wear a bikini top and skimpy shorts to the mall. I don't agree with their culture , but nobody is asking us to like it, only respect it.

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  • Preshen - 2012-06-13 08:40

    Only ensure that tourist shave their legs before wearing these items

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