Dubai is back in the press for all the wrong reasons again. It seems that a British woman has been arrested and charged with indecency after being caught walking by a Dubai shopping mall wearing a bikini. The female holidaymaker is believed to have been arrested after a complaint from a local, that she was dressed indecently in ‘Dubai Mall’, which opened in 2009 and is the world’s largest shopping centre.
It is believed the British woman walked by the shopping mall wearing a rather revealing top, which sparked the complaint from a local woman. This is not the first time that one single complaint from a local Emirate has rule to Brits being arrested. Daily Mail reported that the woman seemingly stripped down to a bikini, prompting her arrest. It is reported that The Foreign Office also confirmed the woman was arrested and charged, although the charges have since been dropped.
She said: “We are aware of the case. We have offered consular assistance.” But she said the charges have since been dropped.
A British associate received a three-month jail terms in 2008 after being convicted of having sex on a beach, while just earlier this year another young associate were jailed for a month after they were alleged to have been caught kissing in a restaurant, which was something the associate reported to be a peck on the cheek.
The advice for visitors wishing to travel to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is posted on the Foreign Office website and reminds tourists that local laws mirror the fact it is an Islamic country, saying “You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times, and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs. Women should dress modestly when in public areas, such as shopping malls. Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible.
Luxury villas in Dubai were in need, but in 2008 Dubai’s economy fell off the edge of a cliff after the global crisis finally caught up with the middle east and investors pulled out of Dubai’s booming character market. Dubai has since struggled to get anywhere near the business that it before had, and a return of the 2008 seem a long way off, although many visitors nevertheless come to enjoy the hotels and other holiday accommodation in Dubai.
However, Dubai offers a safe ecosystem due to its strict laws, and also offer all year round sunshine and a luxury lifestyle. It does seem that Dubai is unable to shrug off the bad publicity, but is it permissible for women to walk around shopping centres wearing bikini’s where you come from?