The Foreign Office has warned tourists travelling to certain beaches in the United Arab Emirates to cover up after new regulations have been enforced that could land unaware tourists with a hefty fine. The new rule comes three years after a British woman was arrested in a Dubai mall for wearing only a bikini on the top half of her body.
Public beaches in Ras al-Khaimah will now have posted signs warning tourists of possible fines if their swimwear is seen as inappropriate or disrespectful. Women sporting two piece bathing suits and men in revealing swimwear such as Speedos have been warned by the Foreign Office to cover up or face being fined.
However, beaches more commonly popular with tourists such as the ones in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah have not followed in the footstep of Ras al-Kahimah and are still allowing bikinis on their beaches. Instead tourists have been advised to cover up when in other public locations such as shopping malls or restaurants.
Advice from the Foreign Office recommends that "clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible. Swimming attire should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools."
Across shopping malls in Dubai signs requesting that women wear “respectful clothing” have been introduced to prevent upset and arrests occurring. Messages on LCD screens asking women to cover up have also been introduced around shopping malls throughout the United Arab Emirates.
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