What to wear in Dubai – An Advice for Tourists

What to wear in Dubai

This is the most commonly question asked and it depends on which location you are visiting. Wearing a pant or jeans is recommended when going to Safari trip.  Similarly, there are other guidance for beaches, local market, mosque etc. Keep reading!!

Dress Code for Dubai - what to wear

Which clothes do you need to avoid wearing In Dubai?

Have you planned your vacations to Dubai? If yes, then you should be known to the fact that Dubai is a Muslim city and there are certain rules and regulations regarding the clothes of women and also men. In Dubai, the local women and men wear clothes conservatively and that’s why if you are visiting Dubai, then you should make sure that you don’t wear short clothes on some of the occasions. So, when you are packing your suitcase, it is better that you don’t carry short clothes with you and if you need any help regarding the selection of clothes, then you can check the following points given below.

Clothes during Ramadan in Dubai

Ramadan is one of the famous Muslim festivals which is celebrated in Dubai with full excitement but it is the festival of Muslim community and that’s why you will need to make sure that you choose to follow some of the rules when wearing the clothes in Dubai at the time of Ramadan.

  • Don’t wear short skirts
  • Avoid strapless tops
  • Keep the legs covered
  • Don’t wear shoulder revealing clothes
  • Carry a scarf
  • Men should also wear full clothes

What to wear on Dubai streets and Local markets?

When you are visiting the local markets of Dubai, then it is better that you don’t wear tight clothes although the tourist is allowed to wear their comfortable clothes but make sure that the clothes don’t reveal your legs and shoulders. On the streets of Dubai, you can roam around in your choice of clothes but in the season of Ramadan, you will need to make sure that you wear fully covered clothes.

What can you wear in Dubai Malls?

It’s not that there is a complete prohibition of wearing skirts, shorts, sleeveless tops in Dubai but you should make sure that you don’t wear the clothes which are provocative in nature. Not too much of the cleavage should be visible through your tops otherwise you can wear whatever you like to in Dubai Malls. If you don’t have any problem with wearing short clothes, then you can choose to wear the full clothes and the women can purchase long skirts or maxis which can allow you to roam around the city in a comfortable manner.

What should you wear in Mosque?

If you are planning to visit the famous Jumeirah mosque in Dubai, then you will need to make sure that you strictly follow the dress code decided by the Muslim community. Although you won’t need to wear the Burkhas you will need to make sure that you choose to make sure that you:

  • Don’t wear tight clothes
  • Prefer wearing the loose clothes
  • women should cover their legs and arms
  • The head should be covered with a scarf

Without this dress code, you won’t be allowed to enter the Mosque. There should be no problem in respecting the heritage of the Dubai community and that’s why you should make sure that you don’t wear revealing clothes every while visiting the Mosque at Dubai.

Is there any dress code for females on Beach and Water Park?

In many countries, women and men can easily roam around in there bikinis and nickers respectively but can you do the same in Dubai? You will need to take care of the kind of clothes you wear in the city and on beaches. The women can wear the swimsuit on the beaches of Dubai without any problem and men can chill in their shorts or nickers. Make sure that ladies don’t wear the swimsuit out in the city as those are allowed on beaches only. Also read things to do in Dubai Beaches.

Clothes to wear in Dubai Desert

If you want to visit the Desert safari in Dubai, then you won’t need to follow any dress code but there is a lot of heat in the desert and that’s why you should make sure that you choose to wear the clothes which are comfortable and loose otherwise you will feel a lot of heat in the desert. Make sure that you wear flat shoes because heels won’t allow you to walk properly in the desert and that’s why flats will be comfortable for walking around.


Every country has its tradition and culture and as a tourist, you should respect their culture. Although the tourists are allowed to wear clothes according to their choice in Dubai if you want to get respect from the people and don’t want to get strange looks, then it is better that you follow certain rules while dressing in Dubai. Although the women of Dubai remain Burkha you can choose to put on a scarf when you visit the mosque of Dubai. You will be able to enjoy the trip in a better way if you will respect the traditions of the Dubai city.