Following the Dress Code in the Middle East

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When it come to visiting the Middle East a little bit of research is needed before you arrive to make sure that you are dressed appropriate. Before our trip to Dubai we made a point of trying to research the do's and don'ts just to make sure that we had everything we needed. We want to share with you everything you need to know so you can have an amazing trip without the worry.

It's your best bet to be conservative when visiting the middle east as it holds such strong religious views. It's also best to refrain from wearing shorts and vest tops as these expose quiet a lot of skin. In the middle east people usually tend to cover their shoulders and knees.


We found that the best clothing to wear is either a jumpsuit or maxi dress. They are both quite cool and give good cover. They have been totally suitable for walking around Dubai and visiting the shopping malls, but if we were to visit a more cultural area then we would put a pashmina over our shoulders.

When it come to footwear there is no particular ruling and you can wear whatever you find comfortable. Just consider the heat when packing and if your trip is going to include a lot of walking you're going to want something that won't rub when you feet get hot. 

On our visit we tended to stick with simple sandals which we could wear in the heat and we also know they would be perfectly comfortable for lots of walking outside and in the malls. 

On our trip we found it was so much easier to use rucksacks as we carried around our cameras, drinks and often a small scare incase we needed to cover up to visit certain areas.

We hope this has been helpful for wherever you may be visiting in the middle east and it allows you to have a stress free amazing trip!

Love Chloe and Megan

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