How to dress up is a big question if you are new to a place. Dressing is most crucial part of the personality that shows our culture, values and our thinking level. The most important part of the clothing decision depends over where you’re. You should obey and follow all the rules and regulations regarding dressing of a certain place and be civic!
Dubai is a Muslim country with very strict Sharia’h law but still, it is one of the most desired center of tourists from all over the world. This multi cultural city is host to millions of people from hundreds of nations, all with a different dress code. And this makes it really difficult for the local authorities to define any specific dress code while in Dubai. For tourists, i’ll try to list dress code for various places of interest in Dubai so that you know what to wear when you’re visiting any of these.
Dress Code for Shopping Malls, Souks & Streets in Dubai
Though, Abayas for women & Kandourahs for men are the regular outfit of all the Middle Eastern Arab Muslim countries but while in streets, souks or malls, women can wear any top that’s not sleeveless and a trouser or a short that goes down to cover the knees. Else, you can use an Abaya to cover your whole body. Simple, ain’t it? 😉 Many of the malls in Dubai have pasted the notice on their entrance door about the dress code & how to be dressed up before you enter in the mall.
Somewhat same rule goes for men. Wearing a jeans or a comfy trouser is a good idea but shorts can also be used as long as they cover your knees. For top, a t shirt would do!
Dress Code for Beaches & Pools in Dubai
It seems like pools & beaches in Dubai are not actually in a Muslim country. The dress code here changes altogether & women can wear swimsuits or bikinis. Topless, no no no! You can’t go topless in Dubai. Beaches & pool of your hotel is the only place where you can wear bikini but don’t think about having a sunbath topless!
Men can wear Speedos without any worry around pool & beach.
Dress Code for Bars & Nightclubs in Dubai
There’re a very few hotels in Dubai with the license to sell alcohol & host nightclub parties. Although, you can go as western as you want in here but no topless!
Dress Code for Desert Safari in Dubai
Desert safari is a big tourist attraction in Dubai. You should wear loose and comfortable clothing, avoid wearing any jewelry and forget about heals open shoes. The sand in deserts can make your whole safari trip a bad experience so better to wear some kinda sneakers. Also, take some light shrugs or cardigans with you because sand becomes cold at night.
Dress Code for a Mosque in Dubai
Mosques in Dubai are a stunning and magnificent attraction for architecture lovers. If you’re one of those who’re in love with building designs & finished structures, you should definitely visit the mosques. Mosques are a holy place & you should respect that by covering your head with a scarf or any clothing (for women). Rule for wearing a top & trouser are the same as of malls & streets. Your whole body should be covered except the face, hands & feet. Abayas for women are always available with mosque authorities in Dubai & if you’re not dressed accordingly, you can always ask for an Abaya before entering the mosque.
Men, on the other hand, have a little relaxation like they don’t have to cover their head & can wear a t shirt or even shorts but the short should cover the knee. Or, you can also ask for a Kandourah from the mosque authority.
The most important thing to take care of is NOT to wear shoes while in the mosque. That goes for both, men & women.
Dress Code for Ramadan in Dubai
All rules become more strict in the holy month of Ramadan. It’s not advised to visit Dubai during Ramadan because it won’t be a fun. Still, if you are visiting Dubai during Ramadan, you have to follow all the above dress codes & regulations more efficiently.
I hope this guide of dress codes for Dubai is helpful. Share your thoughts & experience in the comments below!