There are some new (and shocking!) rules recently being implemented in Dubai. Couples - unmarried ones, would have to stride away from the habit of holding each other's hands in public, mini-skirts are now a no-no, even dancing is now taboo. Here's a news report explaining why...
Dubai Issues List of Phohibited Public Behavior
Playing loud music, wearing short shirts, dancing, nudity, kissing and even holding hands in public are all considered inappropriate behavior under new guidelines laid down by the authorities of Dubai, according to a press report on Saturday.
The Dubai Executive Council issued a list of special standards governing public behavior that requires Dubai residents and visitors to respect the customs of the Muslim country and avoid what the council considers inappropriate behavior, the Arabic-language Emarat al-Youm reported.
The rules, which apply to all public places, include a ban on all forms of nudity, playing music loudly, dancing, kissing between men and women and unmarried couples holding hands.
In addition, the council ordered that anyone caught under the influence of alcohol—even a small amount—outside designated drinking areas would be fined or imprisoned. Any breach of the guidelines, by nationals or expatriates, carries a possible prison penalty or deportation, the paper said, adding that the guideline have been distributed to governmental departments and private companies.
The order also requires all visitors of public places, such as government buildings, shopping malls, streets and restaurants to dress in “appropriate” clothing, otherwise they would be denied entrance.
“Pants and skirts have to be of appropriate length and outside clothing should not expose body parts indecently and should not be transparent,” according to the Dubai Executive Council, the guidelines stipulate under section “public behavior.” Slogans or pictures considered "insulting" to any group or religion were also prohibited.
Uh, oh... I'm sure there would be a lot of negative reactions to this as Dubai is known to be a melting-pot of cultures. I have a feeling this would not be a welcome change to a lot of expatriates and tourists who come here. On the other hand, the government has every right to impose any rule, this is after all their country, and while we are temporarily staying here, there is no other choice but to respect and adhere to these rules, whether we like it or not.
News Source: Al Arabiya News Channel