FNC Upholds Emirati Culture
London, UK (Pryce Warner International) June 22, 2012 – In order to protect and to preserve UAE traditions, the Federal National Council has proposed that a respectable dress code be adhered to by tourists, Expats and all foreign nationals in the region. This is to eliminate any instances of disrespectful dress or behaviour from westerners who sometimes fail to comprehend Islamic laws, the reasons for them and the consequences for all involved when such instances occur.
The proposal comes as anti-hijab or niqab (head/face veil) laws are now being observed within some parts of the EU and so the right to uphold Arabian tradition is also being defended, with the insistence that foreigners, professional or otherwise, dress respectfully and illustrate some consideration for their host country and the longstanding beliefs of its people. Visitors to the region have been known to openly overlook the regime’s rules.
Federal National Council member and ruling proponent Hamad Al Rahoumi commented: “We’re not asking them to wear niqab or to wear hijab; we seek them to respect our culture and to behave decently ... for example, two foreigners were kissing in public at a mall in Dubai, in a manner that made everyone pause and stare at them; such bad conduct will badly affect our siblings and youngsters ... since malls are accessible to all people, we don’t accept being in a place where immoral acts and dresses are common.”
It’s an argument that he believes should be supported with posters and pamphlets that could be displayed and distributed around airports, shopping centres and other hubs of expat and non-national activity, so as to explain the laws and expectations of the land, as wholeheartedly supported by the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities who also wish to protect the traditional UAE way of life.
By Anthony Standring
Pryce Warner International Group
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