I'm heading to Dubai on Friday and I'm curious as to what sort of clothing is appropriate for women? The weather will be scorching but I don't want to be disrespectful. Is it ok to wear bikinis at the pool/beach?
The weather is getting a little cooler - was only mid 30s today, although the humidity has risen again slightly. For us, this is a tad chilly !!
Dubai is very cosmopolitan and you are going to see women dressed in everything from traditional shayla and abaya, totally covered up with gloves on and socks, to women wearing the skimpiest of things which can and does cause some problems. There was an incident recently in one of the malls where a woman was wearing a bikini top and sarong and this caused outrage.
I dress for work the same as I did in the UK - smart suits but with sandals/heels as opposed to boots and tights.
For going out, jeans, tops, skirts, dresses - anything goes really but I am more comfortable not wearing very revealing or skimpy clothes, and to not wear spaghetti tops but thats just me.
You could walk around in hot pants and a boob tube if that was your desire, but you will attract attention from everyone - locals, expats, workers, tourists - and you may not want this.
Beach attire is perfectly okay for the beach or pool - bikinis, shorts, sarongs etc, but to go out to the malls, then definitely longer shorts, capri pants, trousers or skirts and a t-shirt or shirt would be better. Also, everywhere is totally air conditioned and you will freeze!!!
For the evening, Dubai is a real metropolis and smart/glam is definitely the motto of the day if you want to go to places like the Buddha Bar. For somewhere like the Irish Village then jeans would be right thing to wear.
When I go out, I will usually wear linen trousers and some sort of floaty top and flip flops and take a shawl/pashmina with me, although some restaurants will have some. If its a nice place, then a dress and heels but others will be there wearing jeans and t-shirts, albeit completely designer.
Anyway, hope you have fun. about 10 years ago
even simpler--cover your shoulders and knees during the day in public places and you can't go wrong, and you won't insult the locals. hotels and beaches have more international standards--dress the way you would in London and you'll be fine. about 9 years ago