UAE Beaches: No Bikinis, Please
Even if you've got it, flaunting it can get you fined
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, a woman reads the Quran on a beach as people in bikinis sunbathe and swim at sunset in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   (Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Tourists hoping to strut their stuff on certain sands in the United Arab Emirates will sadly have to keep those bikinis and Speedos packed tightly in their suitcases: Beaches in the UAE's northernmost emirate, Ras al-Khaimah, now sport signs warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear such as two-piece bikinis for women and brief trunks for men. The move follows complaints from local families who didn't like sharing the sands with tourists showing too much skin.

The UAE hosts a patchwork of different social mores among its seven semi-autonomous emirates, ranging from conservative to relatively liberal. Dubai, for example, urges "respectful" attire, but rarely objects to outfits such as miniskirts or bikinis.

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Apr 24, 2013 6:52 AM CDT
The United Arab Emirates do not sell Flintstone DVD's but Abu Dhabi do
Apr 23, 2013 10:48 PM CDT
Meh. It's their country, their beach, their backyard... they can do what they want with it. But while they've got some extremely nice and modern cities that the oil industry built, the rest of the country is still stuck in the middle ages. And talk about a porous border, the national boundaries are--at best--only estimated. Point being, you don't know who you'll run into out there in the desert. So, really, there are better places to spend a vacation despite the sumptuous hotel accommodations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
False Dichotomy
Apr 23, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Damn. What a waste. Arab chicks are among the hottest on the planet :)