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New Dressing Guidelines for Vacationers in Qatar

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‘Leggings are NOT pants’: Qatar puts its foot down with dress code as it launches advertising campaign reminding female tourists what not to wear.

New decency guidelines published by an organisation in Qatar feature the items that holidaymakers in the Middle East should never wear. The Reflect Your Respect campaign - launched by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre on social media and via leaflets in the country – states: "When you are in Qatar, you are one of us" and recommends that you attire yourself accordingly.

"Help us preserve Qatar's culture and values by dressing modestly in public places," the campaign states alongside a graphic which depicts unacceptable garments - including shorts and vests for both men and women. "It is expected that you wear decent clothes and women should avoid wearing any garments that are too tight, too short or translucent such as mini-skirts or sleeveless dresses. Both men and women should also avoid walking around in their swimming suits away from the beaches or swimming pools."

The guidelines also warn that anyone who "makes any gesture, recites songs, utters indecent phrases, or does any obscene act in or near any public place shall be punished with imprisonment".

Campaign spokeswoman Umm Abdullah told Doha News that she hopes that the campaign will preserve the country's cultural customs, The Huffington Post reports: "We don't want [our kids] to end up imitating this - we want to preserve our traditions and our values. [Expats] have their own places where they don't have to be covered - but we have the right to go to hospitals, to the market, to the malls, to the beach, without seeing these things."

 

 




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