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Briton strips to bikini in Dubai Mall, gets arrested (Editorial)Nominee

Displaying an impressive disrepect for local culture, a British woman stripped down to her bikini and walked through the Dubai Mall after a local Emirati woman confronted her about the low-cut shirt she was wearing that, in her mind, violated the local conservative dress code.

Mall security brought both women to a police station where they were detained briefly, then released.

There have now been a string of incidents in Dubai. In March, a British couple spent a month in jail for kissing in public. An Indian couple got three months in jail for exchanging sexy text messages. In 2008, a British couple went to jail for three months for having sex on the beach.

Titanic Editorial: Dubai needs to make a decision. If they want to position themselves as a major tourist destination (especially for charter trips) and business hub for Westerners and the rest of the world, they’re going to need to make some adjustments.  I’m not saying they should change their values or culture or dress differently.  They just need to find a better way of informing visitors about their unique rules and a better way of punishing foreigners who violate them.  If a foreigner commits one of these social crimes (inappropriate dress, inappropriate speech or touching), a fine of perhaps $100 – $500 seems like a more realistic punishment. Months or days in jail is WAY overboard.  And Dubai tourism will continue to pay for it with bad PR as long as they keep it up.   They need to understand that it’s not easy for many Westerners to make the adjustment. A couple on a honeymoon might forget and spontaneously kiss while walking down the beach.  It’s especially difficult because hotels and bars seem to have a different set of rules. If you step into a Western hotel, you can wear a bikini, drink, and kiss without penalty.   Dubai is a fascinating city in many ways (I’ve had the pleasure of visiting it 4 times), but tourists need to be able to relax and walk down the street (or thru a mall) without fear that they’ll be chucked in jail for a crime they didn’t even realize was a crime.

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  1. Amr
    August 10th, 2010 at 21:52 | #1

    This is a misleading article. When a tourist visit a foreign country, s/he must know everything about the culture of this country. Moreover, it is a plain common sense for one to dress in a descent way in order not to offend the feelings of the others. Thanks for Dubai!

  2. AGeekyMom
    August 12th, 2010 at 14:17 | #2

    I agree with Amr. People who travel to foreign lands should know about local customs and laws before they go. I was taught at a very young age that I was an ambassador of my country when I traveled abroad. If people can’t abide by the laws and local customs of a country, they should choose another destination or just stay home!

  3. November 15th, 2010 at 21:13 | #3

    One is to ask himself.. why was she in the mall wearing a bikini? Plus, if she didnt see anyone else in a bikini perhaps it wasnt the right place for her to wear one.

  4. December 21st, 2010 at 03:39 | #4

    THESE CAMEL FUCKING COCKSUCKERS CUM OUT AT NIGHT AND BOOZE UP AND FUCK EACH OTHER IN THE ASSPIPE……AND THEY WORRY ABOUT A TOURIST KISSING,HOLDING HANDS OR FUCKING ON THE BEACH? LONG NOSE DICK SUCKING COCKSUCKERS CAN’T LIVE BY DOUBLE STANDARDS. FUCK THEM. DESERT LIVIN COCKSUCKERS
    . FUCK YOU AMR AND YOUR DICK SUCKER AGEEKYCUNT…GO SUCK A DICK ROCH!!!!

  5. NG
    February 28th, 2011 at 23:20 | #5

    ” Dubai needs to make a decision. If they want to position themselves as a major tourist destination (especially for charter trips) and business hub for Westerners and the rest of the world, they’re going to need to make some adjustments. ”
    I dont think that there is a link between “being most popular tourist destination” and “restricting some things”. I study tourism, and the most common phrase i hear is “each traveler before the trip MUST get information about culture and traditions of the country they`re going to visit”! and I totally agree with that. Moreover, I dont think that the restriction of “not walking in bikini” is something about religion or ’special tradition” of the country. Every NORMAL human must understand that walking in bikini in the mall is at least stupid! and this is not the matter of “religion” or “tradition” of country, this is the matter of tourists fool behavior!

  6. Jeff
    June 8th, 2011 at 06:11 | #6

    I simple, just don’t go spend money in a muslim country. Hopefully enough peoples will understand that. The day that nobody go there maybe these muslims are going to understand that there crazy mentality only damage there reputation and economy.

  7. May 18th, 2014 at 03:59 | #7

    You have made some good points there. I looked on the web to find out more about the
    issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

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