It's not required to wear traditional dress in UAE. It's a very cosmopolitan destination with a large tourist industry, so they're accustomed to all styles of dress. Not the place to go shirtless down the main shopping mall (save that for the beach or the hotel pool), but otherwise it's fine for men.
Women can sometimes experience some unwanted attention for very short shorts and tops showing too much skin, but generally the only time your dress style gets you into trouble is if you're drawing attention to yourself by behaving badly in some other way, then they decide to "throw the book" at you and get you for everything and anything. Stay nice and show a little respect.
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Phil at the safety hub about 5 years ago
I'm a tourist and is it legal to wear traditional emirati clothes? over 4 years agoAnswered by george via WorldNomads.com