Dubai: Tourists breaking the dress code could be jailed (Image: Getty)
Dubai tourists who dress inappropriately could face up to three years in jail.
A recent video went viral in the country after an Arab woman reported a woman dressed in clothes she didn’t deem appropriate, resulting in the woman being given an abaya to cover up with.
There are signs in many of the malls warning tourists to dress modestly.
Mohammed Talal Al Tamimi, a lawyer at Tamami & Co told Khaleej Times there is no law which regulates clothing.
However, in Article 358 of the Federal Penal Code: “Indecent actions or anything that might be prejudicial to public morals made by a man or woman in public and could be considered as indecency would be punishable by six months to three years and deportation.”
This could cover dressing modestly, and by not doing so, tourists could be seen as being indecent.
The UAE government advise dressing modestly to avoid offending locals and Islamic values.
This often means covering shoulders, arms and legs in loose-fitting clothing for both men and women.
Dubai: Malls in the country have warning signs for modest clothing to be worn (Image: Getty)
However if leaving the resort, then the local laws should be followed to avoid causing offence.
The UK Foreign Office advises tourists about the local does code.
They explain: “Women should dress modestly when in public areas like shopping malls. 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.”
They also warn “Cross-dressing is illegal.”
Dubai: Tourists should abide by the local laws (Image: Getty)
There are a number of laws and regulations tourists should be aware of when visiting Dubai.
Being drunk in public could result in huge fines or even jail time.
Dr Ellie Holman was travelling from the UK when she was jailed for filming airport staff, although was also checked for alcohol levels.
She had one glass of wine on the flight and therefore was found to have alcohol in her blood.
Tourists are advised to be careful when drinking and avoid causing any public commotion.