Law on UAE dress code proposed
The Federal National Council is considering implementation of a law on UAE dress code, so that, the local culture and sensibilities are respected by force of the law.
The issue will be discussed with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, said Hamad Ahmad Al Rahoumi, a member from Dubai.
People in the UAE will have to be respected. Residents and tourists should dress modestly, for children to see and imitate. The FNC representative emphasized that the dress code should ensure that residents and visitors respect the tradition of the country, and do not misuse the freedom.
Further explaining, Al Rahoumi said that although it is not a must that visitors or residents need to wear the traditional clothes worn in the emirate, but, their dresses should be respectful and not revealing. They should not offend UAE culture and local sensibilities.
The law targets tourists and expatriates who violate the traditions, particularly with regard to the dress code.
He further suggested that the law should also tackle other "unacceptable behaviours" such as displaying affection in public, which will also affect the behaviour of children.
He emphasized that dress code brochures be given out at the airport, and when the passport is stamped with the visa. Also, there should be big posters in malls mentioning the rules, and how women should dress decently.
Posted on 11/6/2012
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