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Re: Dress codes in the Middle East

Postby jocap » 10 May 2014 20:23

On Thomson Celebration, we were warned again and again that locals in Aqaba wouldn't want to see uncovered people. Despite that, two women walked into town in brief shorts and halter neck tops, and were spat upon by men coming out of Friday mosque.
Whatever our beliefs or way of life, we have to respect a country's culture, but these two just wouldn't let it drop!
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Re: Dress codes in the Middle East

Postby Eleanor » 12 May 2014 11:15

jocap wrote:On Thomson Celebration, we were warned again and again that locals in Aqaba wouldn't want to see uncovered people. Despite that, two women walked into town in brief shorts and halter neck tops, and were spat upon by men coming out of Friday mosque.
Whatever our beliefs or way of life, we have to respect a country's culture, but these two just wouldn't let it drop!


We are just back from the last leg of a world cruise on Queen Elizabeth, and because of the situation in Egypt we went to Israel instead. We were advised clearly on what dress was acceptable, but one woman came on our bus in a strappy top and was very embarrassed to be refused entry to the Church of the Sepulchre in Jerusalem, on the site of the crucifixion. Fortunately one gent took off his jacket for her, so she did get in. But she said no-one had told her, but in fact it was in the daily programme and she hadn't seen it.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 12 May 2014 16:02

I agree it is important to respect other people's culture and customs. Whenever I go on an excursion, I am usually aware of what is acceptable, and although normally wear shorts and sleevless tops, in such places as the Middle East it's either skirt or crop pants, and short sleeves. Also, I always carry a voile sarong, which neatly folds into about cigarette packet size. When necessary it can cover waist to floor, or neck to below the knee.
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Re: Dress codes in the Middle East

Postby Eleanor » 14 May 2014 08:56

Your sarong sounds just the job, even if it's a bit fine and translucent you are covered and that's what matters.
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Postby tobysgranny » 14 May 2014 15:07

My daughter who flys has to cover up from the neck down when visiting Saudi Arabia before they get off the plane as that is what BA likes them to do. They even have to cover up when answering the door in their hotel to room service. Only the men are allowed to use the swimming pool. She says its funny when the local crew arrive at the airport covered up and they go into a room and come out wearing a western style uniform.

She says anywhere she goes out there she always dresses respectfully so as not to cause offence.

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Re: Dress codes in the Middle East

Postby sparkiethecruiser » 15 May 2014 16:06

Eleanor wrote:
jocap wrote:On Thomson Celebration, we were warned again and again that locals in Aqaba wouldn't want to see uncovered people. Despite that, two women walked into town in brief shorts and halter neck tops, and were spat upon by men coming out of Friday mosque.
Whatever our beliefs or way of life, we have to respect a country's culture, but these two just wouldn't let it drop!


We are just back from the last leg of a world cruise on Queen Elizabeth, and because of the situation in Egypt we went to Israel instead. We were advised clearly on what dress was acceptable, but one woman came on our bus in a strappy top and was very embarrassed to be refused entry to the Church of the Sepulchre in Jerusalem, on the site of the crucifixion. Fortunately one gent took off his jacket for her, so she did get in. But she said no-one had told her, but in fact it was in the daily programme and she hadn't seen it.


whether told or not I thought everyone would know that to go into any church in any country you need to cover up its called common sense ;)
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