I recently spent just over a week in Abu Dhabi, before we even thought about packing our bags, I was warned to read up about the dress code as it is a predominantly muslim city and the UAE is very strict over it's Islamic beliefs and all visitors should be respectful of that.
Upon research I found no conclusion as to what was acceptable to wear abroad and what was better left at home. I only found vague tips of advice such as "always carry a shawl with you just incase you are told to cover up". Although, this was a very true and useful piece of advice... it still didn't answer my question of what was suitable and unsuitable to wear.
I found the Abu Dhabi dress code quite hard to work with from a style and fashion point of view, however a few of my ideas reigned successful.
Before I start telling you the yes' and no goes to the Abu Dhabi dress code, I will tell you that it's not as bad as it's made out to be out there... although you have to dress moderately, I got away with shoulder-less jumpsuits and showing a small amount of my midriff.
Firstly, I would be sure to pack 3-4 long maxi dresses, I know this seems excessive, but the reason for this is that, if you are going in summer, you will sweat through all of your clothes therefore having to wash them after each wear. I would also stay away from dark colours such as black or navy and gravitate to whites and cream colours, you don't need to worry about dirtying your clothes when sitting down on a bench due to the fact that the city is kept extremely clean. The reason behind wearing lighter colours is to keep you cool as the sun's rays will reflect off your clothes and not absorb into them.
Culottes and a modestly cropped top. Personally, I love this combination as it simultaneously combines modern fashion with the smart casual dress code many find in the workplace. I wore this both in the daytime and the night, I received no warning whilst I was out to cover up. Many of the staff were friendly and seemed to take no notice of my midriff or bare shoulders. When seeing major valued places such as The Grand Mosque and Louvre, I wouldn't advise wearing this, but for visiting the beach or getting lunch, Culottes are the way to go!
Jumpsuits! When visiting major places, I wore jumpsuits and maxi dresses and steered away from anything questionable. My jumpsuit was shoulder-less so I covered up with a shawl. A jumpsuit that isn't shoulder-less would be fine in itself and it is a no for playsuits.
On to swimwear... EVERYTHING IS FINE! Except for nudity and skinny dipping.
However, be sure that when travelling to the area you intend to swim in, you wear something to cover up such as a maxi dress.
Lastly, all shoes, open toed, closed toed, strappy or simple are acceptable in Abu Dhabi anywhere you go, unless the place you are visiting states otherwise.
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