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    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.
    Read more here:
    http://safety.worldnomads.com/United-Arab-Emirates/88115/What-Can-I-Wear-UAE
    Phil at the safety hub almost 5 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I have Western male friends here who sometimes were local dress much to the amusement of the locals. It is accepted but not expected. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com
    • A bit like wearing a hat with corks around it in Australia, hey Sam? Ask Phil over 4 years ago
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    I'm a tourist and is it legal to wear traditional emirati clothes? over 4 years ago

    Answered by george via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    If you mean you want to wear the dishdash/kandura for men, or the shayla and abaya for women, then this would be allowed. It is not illegal for you to wear it. over 4 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com

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