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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

(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.

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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. (Read more bikini stories.)

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