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Monday, October 15, 2007

Dress Code for Expats

The Peninsula has reported that Qatar is planning a dress code for visitors and expats. A campaign is due to kick off after the end of the Eid festival, and fliers have been printed urging expats to repect the traditions and cultures of the country.

Qatar has been very liberal regarding clothes in the past. However, some expatriates have been pushing the boundaries further and further - with some women wearing tank tops and very short skirts.

It doesn't need a very deep understanding of the culture here to realise that showing your stomach and thighs here is deeply offensive to locals. Also the relaxing of local dress here amongst some female Qataris - with head coverings slipping further and further back - may also have raised fears that the liberalism of some foreigners is spreading!

Also see: Qatar Clothing

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