Swimwear alert at new Dubai beaches

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Women are being asked to cover their bikinis and dress modestly at two new beaches along Dubai’s most popular stretch of coast.

Areas either side of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club have been declared families-only, with the municipality putting up bright pink signs to mark them out.

Staff are on hand to ensure people obey dress rules and to keep away groups of single men.

Signs state that the beaches are “dedicated to women and families only” and order all visitors to “wear respectful swimwear”, which means “women must be fully covered”.

It is the first stretch of public beach in the emirate to have such rules. Al Mamzar Beach Park, which charges an entrance fee, has women-only days on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Vaishali Raj, head of fashion design at Amity University Dubai, said it was an important cultural move. “Emiratis dress conservatively and expats are expected to do so as well,” Ms Raj said. “Visitors often lose recognition of the fact that Dubai is very much a part of the Islamic world. (Source credit – The National)



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