What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Similar to DC. More conservative during Ramadan. - Jul 2013


Normal. Suits and ties at the office. Lots of variability in public, with the beach attire including thongs. During Ramadan, one is supposed to dress more moderately. Dubai is "Middle East Lite" - Aug 2011


Be conscious of the local culture. Women should have their shoulders, cleavage and knees covered, but you can get away without being covered, though it could cause problems if you work with Arabs. When going out for the night, you can wear what you would in any other country. - Jan 2011


Even though Dubai is liberal by Muslim standards, it is best to remember that you are always a guest here, no matter how long you have lived here and whether or not you own property. Women need to remember to be modest in dress. There are signs up in the malls reminding women to cover their shoulders and knees. Just because they don't say it somewhere, it doesn't mean you can be a cleavage goddess. Keep the beachwear on the beach. Business attire is appropriate at work unless you are specifically told that business casual is acceptable. - Sep 2009


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