Kippreport gets the scoop from Neelesh Bhatnagar, CEO of Emax, and Nadeem Khanzadah, head of omnichannel retail at Jumbo GroupSeptember 2, 2015 5:24
Go home dumb woman
A British woman has been arrested in Dubai after an argument in the mall about her inappropriate clothing. Tourists like this Dubai can do without.
August 5, 2010 4:40 by e.andraos
News reaches Kipp that a woman has been arrested in Dubai Mall for stripping down to her bikini. The UK’s Daily Mail reports that the British woman, who was on holiday, got into an argument with an Arab woman which resulted in the Briton taking off her clothes.
Apparently the holidaymaker was buying clothes and gifts in the mall fully dressed but in a low cut top, when she was stopped by an Arab woman and criticized for wearing revealing clothing. The pair became involved in a heated row, according to the paper, culminating in the incensed Briton telling the Arab woman to mind her own business and stepping out of her clothes to walk around in her bikini. Mall security intervened, the police were called, and the holidaymaker was arrested.
The woman’s actions can be described in one word: dumb. Or take your pick from any of the following: stupid, thoughtless, rude, insensitive, disrespectful, arrogant, childish, vulgar, insulting, selfish.
We could go on. Stripping down to a bikini would be inappropriate in a British mall, let alone here in the UAE. This woman made the wrong choice of clothes originally, then proceeded to compound her offence with her arrogant and selfish display. If she had merely chosen the wrong clothing it would be unfortunate but forgivable. But with her petty and indignant response she displayed maliciousness and intent to cause offence. We have absolutely no sympathy for her.
Kipp is sick of seeing people in the mall dressed inappropriately. Whatever our own personal opinions, we live, work and play in the United Arab Emirates, and we have a duty to respect local sensitivities. To women like this who would no doubt argue “It’s my business what I wear,” or, “It’s my right to look how I want,” there can be only one response: No, it isn’t. It is your duty to show respect to the law, rules and acceptable behavior of the country you chose to visit. If you can’t deal with that, don’t come here. There’s no one here who would miss you.
What do you think? Do too many women wear unacceptable clothing in the mall? Was the Arabic woman right to complain to this holidaymaker?