Inside the Middle East
May 23, 2012
Posted: 1442 GMT

Police in Dubai are warning swimmers to wear appropriate clothing this summer, following thousands of citations for ‘bad behavior’ at the emirate’s popular beaches this year.

More than 3,000 beachgoers in Dubai were cited in the first five months of 2012, according to the National newspaper.

Wearing bikinis or revealing swimsuits is not forbidden at most beaches in Dubai, unlike some of the United Arab Emirates more conservative Gulf neighbors.  Going swimming in underwear (and not a proper bathing suit), however, is apparently illegal.

Some of the beach crimes in 2012, as reported by the National, included:

      • Overdressing: 2,800 offenders were people “who go to the beach with full dress to stare at other beachgoers”
      • Underdressing: 259 people were caught swimming in their underwear
      • Voyeurism: more than 100 men were busted taking photos of women at the beach

“We have seen 114 offenses of people recording women on beaches using their mobile phones and 119 offenses for people harassing and annoying beach users. First we warn people and if they repeat the offense again then we make a criminal case against them and charge them with sexual molestation,” Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Mohammad Al Mazyoud, head of Dubai’s Port Police Station, told the UAE’s 7 Days newspaper.

Last week, two Emirati women launched an online campaign to encourage expatriates living in the UAE to dress more modestly while shopping in malls.

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katya   May 23rd, 2012 11:45 pm ET

i do respect this law. not, so untoward unreasonable. i wish the u.s. would implement theses laws. i am an american, see more civilized behavior in some matters than what i see here.

katya   May 23rd, 2012 11:47 pm ET

not saying i agree with evert=ything. just saying, this is not unreasonable.

katya   May 23rd, 2012 11:48 pm ET

not saying i agree with all the laws. just saying, this is not unreasonable.

Brad Williams   May 28th, 2012 8:03 pm ET

This story kills me. Skimpy swim suits, nude beaches, and a liberal lifestyle is what the liberal West Coast of the U.S. is all about.

Men dont attack women, just because of how they are dressed. We are not all wild animals who dont respect women.

Is Dubai afraid of its own people or afraid of what others think? I think the government is trying to attract more tourists and welcome the world to its country.

icons library   October 8th, 2012 2:58 pm ET

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