Jumeirah Beach Residence

Important Information

Dress Code

There are certain Dress 'restraints' that you should abide by whilst on Business or Holiday in Dubai:

In a word, dress 'respectfully'. As a good general rule, both men and women should cover themselves from shoulders to knees, although bare arms below the elbows are usually OK. Take note of what the majority of other people are doing dresswise and if in doubt be conservative not liberal! More specifically:

Men - Bare chests and swimming shorts are only for the beach and around the pool! However as tourism increases you will see an increasing number of blokes in shorts or at least cut-off trousers shopping in the malls or at the various tourist attractions (but preferably not in Jumeirah Mosque!). However the vast majority of men in malls and outdoor eateries wear trousers, not shorts. It is not considered appropriate to walk on the streets or in malls bare-chested - save it for the beach or pool.

Ladies - Shorts and swimwear are for the beach/pool only. At other times and for your own 'comfort' try to avoid skimpy or low cut tops or very short skirts. You may also wish to cover shoulders and tops of arms. It doesn't matter whether you're young or old, ugly or pretty, more men will ogle you in Dubai than in Western countries and this unwanted attention can be uncomfortable. This is particularly true when in districts like Karama, Deira and Bur Dubai where the streets are packed with men, mostly Asian, especially in the evenings and at weekends.

Ladies also be aware that topless sunbathing is not permitted on public or private hotel beaches and micro bikinis are also to be avoided. If you visit Sharjah note that women are not even allowed to wear any sort of swimwear on beaches.

On your Dubai holiday it'll be hot - keep bottled water and sunscreen handy.

For both male and female tourists sandals and flip-flops are the norm everywhere except in reasonable or better restaurants. Play safe and for anything like a decent restaurant go 'smart-casual'.

You'll probably want some time on the beach or around the hotel pool, but at other times you'll prefer to have a look around this fascinating city. Use our Best Ways to See Dubai, Getting Around Dubai and Places to Visit and Things to Do pages to get the most out of your Dubai holiday time.

On a business trip, stick to normal business attire and footware, virtually all offices are air-conditioned, even chilly. You'll soon learn when to ditch the jackets and ties.

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