Dubai is a very popular destination. With amazing malls, great beaches and legendary parties, no wonder millions of tourists visit this city every year. It is the most popular and open emirate in the United Arab Emirates. We need to keep in mind that the UAE is a muslim country. This means that there are laws and customs that might be different from our own, but that we need to respect.
People often ask me what to wear when travelling to Dubai. Can you wear open dresses and shorts? Are you able to wear a bikini on the beach? Will breaking the dress code get you arrested?
When we packed our bags to move to Dubai I threw out a lot of my clothes and bought a ton of knee-length and sleeved dresses. All blog posts I read told me to dress modest and to cover up as much as possible. I said goodbye to my favourite dresses and decided to invest in some more modest clothing. I regret doing this every single day.
Why? Because Dubai has no dress code! Yes – you read that right. Unlike in Sharjah, you will not get prosecuted for wearing clothes that do not cover your shoulders and knees.
There are a few “buts” you need to keep in mind when travelling to Dubai. I will elaborate below and explain how I deal with it and what kind of clothing I wear.