'Dress code law would uphold traditions,' says minister
A UAE minister has said it is important for residents and visitors to respect the cultures of the country by dressing appropriately.
Dr Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, made his comments yesterday during a debate at the Federal National Council (FNC) on whether a law should be introduced on how people dress and behave in public.
“In the UAE we hold on to our traditions,” he said. “I agree that it is important to show the importance of traditions and culture in the society.”
Al Owais said he supports the idea of introducing a dress code in the UAE because it was necessary to keep the country’s values, especially when people are in public places.
He said it would be up to the UAE Cabinet to bring in such a law. However, he added: “The National Council of Tourism and Antiquities is doing its best by orienting and educating both expats and tourists to dress modestly and to behave in a good manner in line with our cultures and traditions.”
Hamad Al Rahmoumi, an FNC member for Dubai, called for the debate after receiving complaints about people’s attire.