Ramadan dress code

Stay modest and respect local culture during the Holy Month

Men: no vests, and while shorts below the knee are acceptable, trousers are better
Men: no vests, and while shorts below the knee are acceptable, trousers are better
Women: you should definitely cover from your shoulders to your knees, but it’s best to cover calves too
Women: you should definitely cover from your shoulders to your knees, but it’s best to cover calves too
MC tee, Dhs130 at Puma
MC tee, Dhs130 at Puma
Jack Spade wallet, Dhs375 at Bloomingdale’s
Jack Spade wallet, Dhs375 at Bloomingdale’s
Moschino Cheap & Chic, Dhs705 at Hour Choice
Moschino Cheap & Chic, Dhs705 at Hour Choice
Polo, Dhs245 at Sacoor Brothers
Polo, Dhs245 at Sacoor Brothers
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Blue blouse, Dhs199 at Koton
Blue blouse, Dhs199 at Koton
Jacket, Dhs945 (was Dhs1,350) at Bimba & Lola
Jacket, Dhs945 (was Dhs1,350) at Bimba & Lola
Palazzo pants, Dhs415 at Miss Selfridge
Palazzo pants, Dhs415 at Miss Selfridge
Carvela shoe, Dhs509 at Kurt Geiger
Carvela shoe, Dhs509 at Kurt Geiger
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Vogue sunglasses, Dhs700 at Al Yateem Opticians
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Scarf, Dhs79 at American Eagle Outfitters
Dress, Dhs899 at Juicy Couture
Dress, Dhs899 at Juicy Couture
Aubin & Wills cotton blend hooded top, Dhs337 at Net A Porter
Aubin & Wills cotton blend hooded top, Dhs337 at Net A Porter
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Fedora, Dhs110 at Puma
Fedora, Dhs110 at Puma
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Deos headphones, Dhs80 at Boom & Mellow
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Tan espadrilles, Dhs529 at Kurt Geiger
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Classic jeans, Dhs329 at Mexx
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Debbie Jaunich from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding explains why modest dress is model behaviour, particularly during Ramadan.

Why are dress codes all the more important during Ramadan?
‘Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful of their dress, in particular during Ramadan because Muslims will be fasting during daylight hours, and fasting is a form of worship. It is all really about recognising the Holy Month and its disciplines, which include avoiding wrongdoing and perfecting good behaviour, which includes modest dress.’

What is the exact dress code?
‘It’s actually very easy: cover from the shoulders to the knee, and that’s for both men and women. Women should wear capped sleeves as a minimum: spaghetti straps are not so appealing during Ramadan. It really is better to cover more of your arm than just your shoulders, but that’s the bare minimum. Definitely no minis and no shortie-shorts. Dubai’s pretty liberal, but you may get stopped by mall security during Ramadan if you’re inappropriately dressed.’

Should we cover up on the beach?
‘Beachwear at the beach is fine, just don’t wear it off the beach. Hotel areas are more flexible, but even visitors should try to be considerate because there are iftars and other events at hotels that Muslims will
be attending.’
For more on Dubai’s cultural rules and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding visit www.cultures.ae

View our comprehensive Ramadan guide here

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