Feb 12th, 2007, 10:24 PM
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I will be accompanying my husband on a business trip to Dubai in March. I will be meeting his colleagues a few times and they will be taking us to dinner and possibly a day sight seeing. Please advise what the correct dress code would be. For the rest of our stay we will be on holiday. Will just casual shorts and t-shirts be suitable. Please also advise what the weather will be like.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:23 PM
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My guess is that shorts and t-shirt would be highly insensitive, but you really should post this on the Africa/Middle East board. You can find weather stats at
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Feb 13th, 2007, 03:46 AM
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No shorts outside the hotel pool area or beach.
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Dress conservatively.

Keep shorts for the pool.

Don't show off too much skin.

Wear a skirt covering the knees and not too much cleavage or shoulders.

If visitng a Mosque etc wear long trousers/skirt and long sleeves.
Feb 13th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Casual shorts and T-shirts would be very inappropriate, and his business colleagues would think you were very poor or at least poorly dressed. A woman should NOT wear shorts, period. A long skirt with corrdinating blouse preferably long sleeves will be acceptable most anywhere. It is not that difficult. There are any number of longish lightweight dresses with tops or short sleeves that would be acceptable. Nothing too transparent.
Feb 13th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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Have you seen clothes by Eileen Fisher? She has her own boutiques & some larger stores (Nordstrom's for example) stock them. They are really great for the mid-east. Easy to pack, easy to wash & dry. They're made to layer and usually are solid colors. You can dress them up with jewelry for dinner with your husband's collegues, wear them between your hotel room & the pool, and out shopping. Eileen makes petites, regulars & large sizes. She has a web site. I think.

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Feb 14th, 2007, 07:32 PM
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In March the weather is good. For the holiday-casual shorts and t-shirt will be OK in Dubai. People wear all sorts of clothes in Dubai. Sometimes the malls look like Miami Beach (sans the thongs).

For the business part of your trip, what would you wear at home in this situation? What would you be comfortable in?

As long as its loose, covers most of your body, you should be OK.

I usually wear linen pants and a linen blazer (hip length) with a t-shirt underneath to work at university. When I'm not teaching, I usually wear capri pants and a t-shirt out and about in Dubai and carry shawal/ light sweater b/c of the AC.

Eileen Fisher seems to be the clothes of choice with my American colleagues.

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Feb 15th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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Can you buy Eileen Fisher clothes in Dubai?

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Feb 15th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Can men wear shorts t-shirts while walking around Dubai?
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Feb 15th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Wear a tight fitting shirt and revealing shorts. Make sure your shirt has a picture of Mohammed on it.

Matnikstym - Of course - men can do whatever they want.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 08:06 PM
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Unfortunately, there isn't an Eileen Fisher here at the moment. Maybe in the future-inshallah.

Men and women can wear what ever they like. We have seen it all in Dubai.

If you wanted to wear a tight t-shirt and tiny shorts, you could and you would look like many of the European women here. I should say, as long as you're in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Feb 17th, 2007, 02:18 PM
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Remember there's a difference between "can" and "should," in mid-eastern clothing. Or as leenstra put it "what is the correct dress code?" and will something "be suitable?"
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Feb 17th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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anything to know about going during Ramadan?
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Feb 17th, 2007, 05:41 PM
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Dennis- shouldnt be any problems....they are as cosmopolitian as any western city....
Feb 18th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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When with business people, wear business clothes even tho you are the wife. A little more color in your clothes would be fine, but be conservative. Better be safe than sorry.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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I also wanted to know what is appropriate to wear, so this thread was very helpful

As an aside, what is the typical dinner hour in Dubai? Does everything close in the afternoon for a few hours?

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