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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

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?

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  1. harry meadows on August 5, 2010 6:48 pm

    If the repressed segments of the world (and I would include large areas of America in that) are ever to wake up to the realities of being human, it must happen one step at a time.

    The female form can be a thing of beauty.

    To try to degrade the female form to an object of shame is, in itself shameful.

    I have no desire to return to the kind of Victorian values we had in Europe 100 years ago, and the hard-won liberties should be both defended here and spread.

    Covering women from head to toe may be “normal” in some cultures. That does not make it truly “normal”.

    This woman took a stand. Not for her right to walk around in a bikini, but for her right not to be bullied by an adherent to a system that is itself, daft.

    And I salute her for it.

    You can say what you like about the local laws.

    But you’ll change nothing by keeping your mouth shut and doing what you are told.

  2. bill drommond on August 6, 2010 12:36 am

    I completely agree with this article. She should have shown respect for the law.
    Similarly, I believe muslim women should not cover their faces here in France: because it unlawful here.

  3. hector on August 6, 2010 1:16 pm

    Maybe all tourism should cease, and modest locals can go back to policing each other.

  4. Miss Anne Thropic on August 8, 2010 7:44 am

    The woman is an idiot. This has nothing to do with changing the laws here or making a point. She has behaved like a brat and taken another step towards stereotyping Brits in the UAE. As Kipp said, running around a mall in a bikini is not appropriate in Britain so why do it here? Pathetic and childish.

  5. Amir Hussain Khadim on August 8, 2010 7:47 am

    I think that the law should be spelled more clearly and then implemented upon more strictly. For the mall dressing rules, what I hear and what I see are worlds apart. Of course when you are singled out from a heard of skin-showers, and that too by somebody hostile, the first reaction would be to get defensive.

  6. Ziad on August 8, 2010 1:08 pm

    My comment is directed at Harry Meadows….your comment is unfortunately a familiar and unwelcomed tone! I’m a Christian and a guest in this country, much I like you I imagine, and I come from quite a liberal society where bikini clad women are a plenty.

    What’s normal to you is not to others. Maybe where you come from you wouldn’t mind your sister, wife or daughter stripping down to their bikinis in the mall and strutting about…but to be fair I have travelled and lived in the UK for 6 years, been to the US, France and a number of other of your so called ‘normal’ societies and have yet to witness that, so tell me what is ‘normal’ to you? If I’m not mistaken I can almost smell a hint of racism in your tone by suggesting that Emirati culture isn’t normal….or do you mean their religion?!?!.

    I appreciate that the UAE has these modest rules regarding dress code whether it be for a religious or social factor, and I to believe that women have the right to dress how they wish, but the point here Harry, is that a decent woman, a proper and respectable woman would know what is appropriate where and when. You are in a country that frowns on this behaviour, this country that gave you a job, money, a luxurious living, sun and sea and most things in life that Europeans hardly ever see….and so while you’re here and everyone else who visits this country, learn to respect and appreciate what they like and how they like it regardless of your beliefs. If you don’t want to…..then get on one this country’s luxorious airlines and head home boyo!

    One other thing, who are you (or I) as foreigners, to change the laws of a country and the beliefs of a religion we are not a part or members of??

  7. Miss Anne Thropic on August 8, 2010 1:24 pm

    And in news just at hand, it now appears the woman has been released without charge after CCTV footage showed she did no such thing…

  8. Ziad on August 8, 2010 1:39 pm

    Power of the media!!

  9. Andrew on August 8, 2010 3:50 pm

    The police refused her a translator and told her to beg for forgiveness; up until the point they found out nothing of the sort happened.

  10. tagwok on August 8, 2010 9:40 pm

    Though I do not agree with the final act of the lady, I feel even the Arab lady had no business to interfere in other ladies personal attire as long as it was beyond decency limit. Even than the Arab lady should have gone through channel to sort out the problem. Applying the same yard stick if tomorow Europe bans burka and other muslim ladies wear, just think of the consequnce that would follow

  11. Miss Anne Thropic on August 9, 2010 4:48 am

    And again it would seem the UK consulate weren’t very helpful. This would not surprise me. When I dealt with the British consulate in 2007 over a death, they were unhelpful to the point of being insensitive. And in my experiences, the Australian consulate and embassy isn’t much better. If Kipp can do a story on exactly what embassy and consulate staff in this country do all day, I’d be keen to read it…

  12. Fifi Labelle on August 9, 2010 7:45 am

    Bravo Ziad! Well said on all fronts.

    Harry, this is not about being “making women ashamed” nor is it about the beauty or otherwise of the female form … which can be quite blubbery on some of us (perhaps you only look at the pretty ones Harry?). Its about their religion, which is the religion of this country and its about the law of this country. You fly in, you buy in. Try spitting in Singapore and use your argument then (“its daft … hey why are you locking the jail door”) or in Indonesia after rolling a fat one (“its daft … hey why are you pointing those guns at me”). Their country, their laws. Deal with it or stay home.

    On another point, I am not sure that running around shops in your bikini makes a feminist statement or a social comment in 2010. But I do sometimes wonder why we don’t hear people asking men to take off the dishdash. Different for men is it?

    Glad it never happened Miss AT and Andrew. Anyone see a whale shark while they were watching those CCTV videos?

  13. Jim on August 10, 2010 6:51 am

    So, this woman didn’t actually do anything wrong? and yet, she was arrested nonetheless, refused a translator and was being pushed to “beg” for forgiveness….. Well done dubai! Another priceless PR disarster.

  14. Miss Anne Thropic on August 11, 2010 3:18 pm

    Begging for forgiveness: the cornerstone of all fine justice systems…

    What I don’t get is why they just didn’t go to the CCTV footage in the first place to see what happened. There are enough cameras in this country. May as well use them.

  15. Andrew on August 11, 2010 4:46 pm

    That requires mall security and the police doing their jobs. Haw.

  16. Miss Anne Thropic on August 12, 2010 1:58 pm

    Good point, Andrew. What on earth was I thinking? Excuse me while I smack myself on the forehead.

  17. Faisal on August 13, 2010 8:30 am

    In order to prevent the public from taking the laws into their own hands and instead of being mere spectators enjoying the live show, the authorities, police and security guards must intervene to stop rampant semi nudism all over Dubai not only in malls. If the authorities give the impression to the public that the laws of the land are toothless, then, chaos will reign and Dubai will become a lawless jungle.

  18. Miss Anne Thropic on August 14, 2010 4:20 pm

    Faisal, where is this “rampant semi-nudism” in the UAE? I don’t think I lead a sheltered life but it has escaped my attention…

  19. jazzy jo on August 30, 2010 12:36 pm

    One should show respect in the country one is in. All the malls
    Have a sign at the entrance warnin’ women to dress up decently.
    I was in MOE, Carrefour (Dubai) the other day and an Asian women with
    her European partner/ boyfriend or husband was wearin’ the skimmiest
    Shorts, yellow & therefore transparent with a G string & when she bent ,
    half her behind was out. She can wear that on a private beach, home &
    when she’s travellin’ to western countries but not in the Middle East. One
    has to respect the country it lives in including the society, culture & its laws.
    At several times u would see women wearin’ tight transparent shirts with no bra.
    Come on ladies, It’s just not appropriate out here & they deserve what they get.
    We r guests here and have to show some decency & R.E.S.P.E.C.T

  20. jazzy jo on August 30, 2010 12:42 pm

    Opps.. I meant Skimppiest… I guess watchin’ people fast makes me feel like I’m fastin’ too :D

  21. jazzy jo on August 30, 2010 12:46 pm

    Opps. I meant ‘skimpiest” I’m tryin’ 2 fast & it’s affected part of my vocabulary as well . It’s not bad though. Nice to try it out :D

  22. abdallah on September 3, 2010 6:14 pm

    all you women out there who feel it is your right to strip down to your underwear in a shopping mall – please tweet before you do that so that we can get there and ogle.

    If u hv the right to strip we sure don’t want to miss our right to watch.


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