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 What to wear in Dubai?

We're going to Dubai at the beginning of June and I'm at a lost as to what I should pack. What do people wear in Dubai? It's going to be stinking hot when we're there (think 40+ plus humidity). I know I should wear modest clothing (i.e. no shorts, tank tops or short skirts), so what can I wear without dying of heat? Preferably, I'd like to be somewhat stylish.

Any advice?

TIA!
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 14 Apr 2012 7:04 PM
 6 Apr 2012
Goose
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How about linen or flowy blouses with a thin camisole underneath?

Or maybe maxi dresses with a cardigan/scarf wrapped around your shoulders?
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 14 Apr 2012 9:38 PM
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Generally the suggestion is long skirts (longer the better) and loose blouses that cover your shoulders. Sandals are a must.
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 17 Apr 2012 8:25 AM
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I couldn't handle the heat, but DH really wants to go there some day.

What happens if you wear a tank top or tees, gawking/staring ? or will you be arrested for indecent exposure? confused
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 17 Apr 2012 9:38 AM
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Babs1980
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Thanks ladies!

From what I understand, you wouldn't be arrested. But it is a muslim country and it's considered disrespectful to the locals to wear revealing clothing (especially outside the big hotels).
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 18 Apr 2012 3:12 PM
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teeth has anyone seen Sex in the City 2 ? ( I am watching it for the first time) , well I am Samantha (minus the menopause and the short shorts, oh and maybe the condoms) rofl
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 19 Apr 2012 12:36 PM
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Tees are okay, as they cover your shoulders.

That being said, I'm pretty sure I wore tank tops while I was there. The only place I really covered up was when visiting the mosque. It's just too.damn.hot.
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 21 Apr 2012 7:07 PM
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I have this dress from Target that I think will be appropriate for when we are in Dubai (and it's pretty light, I wore in Arizona in +30 weather)


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 21 Apr 2012 7:34 PM
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zoobaby
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I'm currently in the market for similar clothes to wear on my trip to Morocco later in the year, so I'm looking at the same sort of things. I found a few nice light shirts, like this one at The Gap that might work for you as well.

Paisley tunic
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 12 Jul 2012 9:40 AM
 25 Feb 2009
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I am going to Dubai in August. I have spent a small fortune in maxi dresses, but unfortunately they all have little or no straps! I can't imagine wearing a pashmina or shawl around my shoulders in that heat! Now Im panicking. DH is already over there and he says that you see everything and that I'll be ok. Some of the restaurants have dress codes, but other than that - you won't be tossed in jail. Also he said that sandals (open toes) are frowned upon at certain places. HELP I am really confused!

Oh - he's also warned by about reunion in the airport: ABSOLUTELY no PDA - that could land me in jail - great!!! I have not seen my husband in 3 months - what am I supposed to do??
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 16 Jul 2012 8:52 PM
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Yay! It's coming up soon smile

Yeah, your DH is right- I saw plenty of women with bare shoulders/legs, particularly in the touristy areas (e.g. malls). You might get some looks if you walk around with bare shoulders, but I can't imagine anyone will say anything. To be honest though, I found that even if I'd walked around outside in my bathing suit, I would still have been stinking hot. If you're like me, you won't want to be outside or in non air-conditioned places for more than 5 minutes. So that's how I found wearing conservative clothing tolerable.

Regarding open toe shoes, not sure about that. Everywhere we went, everyone was wearing sandals. I don't think it's an issue.

There seems to be a bit of a double standard in Dubai when it comes to PDA. We saw absolutely NO foreigners displaying affection, but we did see 2-3 Emirati couples holding hands! Definitely no hugging or kissing though. Sorry frown You might have to wait until you're alone with your DH!
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 17 Jul 2012 5:17 PM
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Thanks Babs! I am getting so excited - less than a month to go!
So the heat really is that bad, is it? I generally don't mind the heat. We've been to Vegas a couple of times in August but I know that still pales in comparison to Dubai.

So thankfully I can wear sandals - that's a relief. When you say "conservative" clothing - does that include shorts? Im thinking bermuda style? I don't think I can imagine capri's - being so hot??

Any other advice? Helps to get a woman's perspective, if you know what I mean - something other than "you'll be fine" confused
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 17 Jul 2012 9:07 PM
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The problem with Dubai is that it's not just hot- it's freaking humid!! (Unlike Vegas). When we stepped out of the airport at midnight, DH's glasses immediately fogged up and he couldn't see anything. It was like exactly stepping into a sauna. Keep in mind that we were there in June, which is (apparently) the hottest time of the year. Not sure what the temps are like in August.

I think Bermuda shorts are fine most places. Capris would be better. If you're like me, you'll want to stay indoors, in the air conditioning, especially during the day. So you'd definitely be comfortable indoors with capris- I wore long linen pants. Try not to worry about it too much. If you're really worried about the heat, wear shorts. I'd be surprised if anyone said anything to you.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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