British visitors to Dubai have hit back at claims that they are bringing the emirate into disrepute
British visitors have hit back at claims that their behaviour is at fault after they were asked to cover up and cease topless sunbathing in Dubai.
British expatriate women in the UAE believe other countries should issue advice similar to that of the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCOregarding indecent behaviour while on holiday, according to a report today in Gulf News.
The FCO warned British travellers earlier this week they faced serious consequences if they were caught "baring all abroad".
R.S., a British expatriate, said: "I think it's right to say that women shouldn't sunbathe topless. I hate it when I go on holiday in Europe and see loads of women doing it. In many cases it can be an unattractive sight and you never know where to look.
"However, I don't agree that it should just be Brits who are targeted. It's more a European issue than a British thing.
"The British Embassy [has] been conducting this 'Know Before You Go' campaign for several years but the same rationale should apply to everyone. And maybe while they're at it they could ban speedos!"
Kate Lynn, 30, a research manager, said: "I think the advice from the FCO is reasonable and it doesn't do any harm to remind people they should respect the culture and customs of the country they are travelling to.
"However, I do think other countries' embassies should follow suit as this advice applies across the board.
"I think the British have a bit of a bad reputation and it does not help with the recent cases here in the UAE. There are people from every country that ruin things for everyone else but I think most respectful people will not be offended by this latest advice."
Claire Johnson, an English housewife, said: "It's reinforcing stereotypes for this advice to be released - it makes it sounds like we're all commoners. From what I see we all behave well out here; it's a minority of people coming out here on holiday that don't know what they're getting into.
"It's a Muslim country and people should respect the laws and cultures of the country they're visiting."
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Dale Thompson Jul 01, 2009 07:34 am
Let people do what they want.If they are to wrapped up in themselves not to have invested some time and effort in finding out what you can and cannot do in any country they visit ,then they should suffer the consequences of their own actions,simple.....
MISS.PINKITTY Jun 25, 2009 07:25 am
I JUST WANT 2 SAY THAT , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH....
EVERYWHERE YOU GO IN DUBAI, WE CAN SEE THESE PEOPLE WALKING UNDREESED , IN THE MALLS ETC.....
WHEN PEOPLE TRAVEL, THEY HAVE 2 RESPECT THEMSELF AND THE COUNTRY LAWS.....
WE ARE NOT IN A VIDEO CLIP.. THEY ARE MAKING THEM SHOWS...
UAE IS A MUSLIM COUNTRY SO PEOPLE HAVE 2 RESPECT IT OR STAY IN THEIR COUNTRY AND THATS IT.....
OR THEY WILL HAVE 2 SPEND THEIR HOLIDAY IN JAIL...
Glenn Jun 21, 2009 11:11 pm
I think the Brits are most vulnerable to the criticism mainly because of their sheer numbers relative to other western expats. And certainly prior to Dubai's demographic explosion after 2002. many of the Western-oriented hotels, restaurants, clubs, etc catered to mainly a British (or certainly English speaking) market. I know in 2001 when my firm was first sending me to Dubai from the US, we were certainly outnumbered by the Brits everywhere we went.
S Jun 21, 2009 03:39 pm
To quote Mrs Johnson: "It's a Muslim country and people should respect the laws and cultures of the country they're visiting" too true and very, no offence Mrs Johnson, simple advise. So for those heathens, you know who you are, please re-visit the countries where you can happily show off your leather skinned bodies and drink excessively, it may not be welcomed, but their laws are lighter, they'll turn a blind eye, more tolerable. It's a Muslim country, final. It's your choice; respect the country and the laws, or holiday some place else.
jon Jun 18, 2009 02:00 pm
A small minority of people from a varied range of countries do stupid things everywhere - never thought it was just the Brits