UAE Laws

Dress Code for Women in Dubai

If someone approaches you for your dress in Dubai - a security guard, a member, a local woman, etc. - whatever happens you must remain friendly.

You can wear whatever you want at your place of residence or inside your hotel room. There’s no restriction when you are indoor or you are at your home.

What to wear in Dubai Public Places?

In public places, there is the dress code that is applied to streets, markets, malls, in your car, metro or public buses, supermarkets, public area of the hotels or in restaurants. Women should dress modestly when in public area. They can wear skirts to the knees or longer, their tops subsequent to sleeves, their clothes should not be too tight or revealing or transparent. Undergarments should not be visible through the fabric in public area. Underwear, such as bras and panties, must be covered all the time without any brief.

In short, clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible.

Restricted Clothing in Dubai

If you’re at the public beach or round pools, topless bathing is not allowed for women – swimsuits only be worn in such places. If you’re coming from the beach or pool to a shop or to the mall without changing your swimsuits, e.g. bikini tops with shorts or your wet swimsuits from which underclothes can be seen – this is unacceptable in Dubai. So, you should make sure to redress yourself before going out of the pool or sea. Redress yourself after the gym too, your dress for the gym is also not acceptable in public area.

Cross-dressing is illegal.

Or else, you’re at risk of fine or jail.

What If Someone Catch You?

If someone approaches you for your dress – a security guard, a member, a local woman, etc. – whatever happens, you must remain friendly. Apologize and dress modestly.

Warning for foreigners in Dubai

Importantly, you’ve probably heard the stories that foreigners in Dubai are roaming freely with outfits or dresses that are not appropriate for Dubai Culture and laws. Also, probably you’ve heard that people are drinking alcoholic beverages freely, or having sexual relations with an unrelated woman, or sharing the same hotel room with an unrelated woman or with your girlfriend. The reason behind it: no one had lodged any complaint or legal petition against actions done by foreigners.

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Arif Mohammad

Independent Blogger, ECommerce Retailer & Social Media Marketer. Worked previously in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi & Riyadh. NRI from the Rajasthan State of India.

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