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19 April, 2005

Dress for stress

UAE national Mohammad Al Adhab is angry that that dishdashes are banned from nightclubs:

""Last week, I was with two men from France and the United States and we went to a club in Dubai. At the gate, the security guards told me people wearing Arab dress were not allowed inside."

According to government sources, the ban is in place to save the reputation of the UAE, after "irresponsible behaviour" by some locals in a bar:

"Foreigners took pictures of these men and women and then showed them on the internet. This was aimed at spoiling the country's reputation. Thus, any one wearing local Arab dress is banned from entering such places."

But surely a more pressing motive lurks beneath. Beer, wine, sweat and lipstick stains would irreparably damage gleaming white robes of finest Egyptian cotton, no matter how thorough the laundering. Mr Al Adhab should emulate his western friends, and don a revoltingly jazzy shirt for his nighttime sorties.



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20 April, 2005 10:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

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20 April, 2005 10:23  
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20 April, 2005 11:32  
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20 April, 2005 11:32  
Blogger secretdubai said...

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20 April, 2005 22:22  
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21 April, 2005 10:01  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Further reflections thisand other UAE fashion news here,


26 April, 2005 08:44  
Blogger Samawel said...

This is a bit twisted don't you think? Why can't they just wear whatever they wish to wear? Even if they were a bit specific on the dress-code, they could still be a bit flexible. Surely the reputation of one country cannot rely on one dishdash-clad man in a nightclub... The reputation sticks more to other things.

29 January, 2007 12:13  

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