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19 June, 2007

Hooters in Dubai

Dubaians mourning the closure of hallowed nightspot Cyclones can rejoice again: Hooters is on its way to the sandlands!

A Kuwaiti investor plans to bring the classy and tasteful American entertainment concept to the UAE:

"I am trying to secure a location to open one restaurant this year and a year from now I will have two to three potential locations," Jamal Al Shaheen, a Kuwaiti investor, who has the franchise rights for Hooters in Dubai, told Dow Jones Newswires on Tuesday.

Many stores, such as Marks & Spencer, offer customised uniforms for UAE staff. For M&S, this is a black abaya with a discreet company logo trim on the cuffs. It will be interesting to see what Hooters' shariah-compliant costumes turn out to be. "Singlets and skimpy shorts" with a Hooters-branded hijab?

And perhaps UAE banks will follow the lead of their Lebanese counterparts, and offer bank loans for boob jobs. Given they'll now be a legitimate business investment for those wanting a career as a Dubai Hooters Girl.

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Blogger bklyn_in_dubai said...

Hooters is for the hamburger afficianado. so i'm told. too bad about the cyclone. but now all the best joints are within walking distance of each other in bur dubai, so it simplifies things. this must have been part of the master development plan. will bur dubai now be renamed "semi-discrete nighttime entertainment city"? and will the hooters location be there?

19 June, 2007 20:53  
Blogger rosh said...

In all fairness, unlike Cyclone, Hooters is not a pick up/hooker joint. At best the similarity ends with provocatively clothed women.

Moreover, do you know the specific details of Hooters setup in Dubai, besides the fact they are coming into Dubai? Could the Hooters uniform policy be watered down to meet perhaps the most liberal local customs & acceptance limits?

19 June, 2007 21:58  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Shaheen doesn't expect any backlash over the Hooters' staff uniforms, saying they are no more revealing than what is worn at the beach in the Dubai.

No backlash? We'll see.

19 June, 2007 22:03  
Blogger rosh said...

Ofcourse, backlash is a given. Hence the thought, is the Kuwaiti guy just super ignorant & arrogant into assuming he can have Hooters Dallas version setup in Dubai? Moreover, I am not sure if he has been (or shall be) granted a license to set shop in Dubai, just because he has the franchise rights & the inclination?

Anyway - just debating my thoughts.

19 June, 2007 22:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


*shakes head in disbelief*

19 June, 2007 22:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hooters is about chicken wings and bad, cheap beer, aside from the uniforms.

People got upset when a Hooters opened in the midwestern US town where I went to college, so upset here is a forgone conclusion. In reality, we'll see the mythical underwater hotel, unions for Indian laborers, unclogged roads and sane driving habits before we see a Hooters here.

20 June, 2007 03:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the extension of the Creek (back to the sea making Bur Dubai an island) is over, guess it will be considered an off-shore destination where casinos, brothels, etc.. will not come under the UAE law. So why not Hooters and more??


20 June, 2007 11:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just set up a hooker joint with booze and roulette wheels and call it 'Hypocrisy'? I think it could be a winner.

20 June, 2007 12:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can partner you on "Hypocracy". Tonnes of it here.... Good idea mate... Maybe we can call it Al Hypocracy.....

Sam Hunter

20 June, 2007 15:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will wear burkha above all the revealnes....

20 June, 2007 16:58  
Blogger JR said...

Anonymous a dit...
They will wear burkha above all the revealnes....20 June, 2007 16:58

I would top that and say they will wear abayas with revealing cleaving...oh wait, that already exists in Wafi...

20 June, 2007 17:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When one hears the term 'hooters', one immediately pictures the female breast - both of them, particularly in the Parton configuration.

One assumed the North American restaurant going by this name, featured female staff of the Parton variety exercising their duties au naturel, at least from the waist up.

Or maybe one is mistaken.

20 June, 2007 18:16  
Blogger Unknown said...

A burger joint with skimpily attired serving wenches in Dubai, intended for mainstream consumption? It will probably end up a half-baked travesty with a name like "Hijabers".

At least that'd be honest.

20 June, 2007 18:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Hooters in Dubai when people still get lashed ofr having sex outside of marriage? When people who go topless are arrested?

In any event I hope it does NOT open in Dubai. Quasi american bs, women as pieces of meat. Meat selling meat. No thanks.

21 June, 2007 16:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious! Actually I caught a glimpse of this on the sidelines of the news and was honestly curious to see what the Dubai blogosphere – especially SD - has to offer on this innovation. Hooters (great place and fantastic marketing strategy :-) ) in Dubai could be considered just another dysfunctional step of a materialistic, image-based, capital oriented rentier society that struggles to adapt to processes of rapid change in the most unsustainable way and a government that’s seems to have little time for reflection on the long-term socio-cultural consequences of the current practices.
Certainly one could ask "who cares", in a country where the population is made up of over 80% of foreigners, which are responsible for 98% of the actual work force in the private sector? Well the answer to this will be deeply rooted in a humanitarian approach and the consideration of the long term effects on a society (and especially their future generations) that has lost its identity. Another paradox is that a Kuwaiti firm is attempting this, since thanks to some wise insights of the Kuwaiti government, they could certainly not do this in Kuwait. Well, sorry for being cynical, but just wondering how the concept of Hooters will work with the Emiratization program? In the meantime let us all look forward to the dopamine flash that we can all get from being served by smashingly great looking (foreign) females. :-)

21 June, 2007 16:02  
Blogger Para Glider said...

That's really good news. No, not about Hooters which is just a distraction, but about Cyclones, truly one of the most depressing places in Dubai. Now, if we could just close Scowlitts too . . .

23 June, 2007 10:37  
Blogger Bros said...

so, you know what worries me about this........

um, er, HOOTERS in DUBAI???

We all may like semi-naked ladies from time to time, but in a place where outside a 5* hotel you get stared at in a tight dress....

but what really really worries me is that Secret Dubai seems to have links to Australian Provincial News papers......

cause this is in the real news - almost word for word the same as the post.....

28 June, 2007 05:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosh: "In all fairness, unlike Cyclone, Hooters is not a pick up/hooker joint. At best the similarity ends with provocatively clothed women."
Whatever gave you that impression? Cyclone is a legitimate establishment, much like Hooters will be…despite all the scantily clad women in barely there clothing found in both.
Cyclone was never a “pick-up/hooker joint”. It was a club…your average club with average ladies. That was not a roll of money that short bald business man was handing her to sleep with her, no! That was just some tissue because she spilt something on his shirt, that clumsy fool of a woman. Although, I must admit, there are quite a few clumsy women in cyclone *ponders*.
And no, Hooters will not be hoard with Khaleeji men, all when ordering a basket of legs, expect a live woman to be attached to it. No, no. Hooters is a family restaurant. It shall be filled with the sound of screaming children thoroughly enjoying their burgers and fries, while mothers kick their husbands under the table on the shin for ogling the ladies –“Control yourself! This is not a strip joint, this is a family establishment”. Family establishment, indeed.

Anonymous: “Why not just set up a hooker joint with booze and roulette wheels and call it 'Hypocrisy'? I think it could be a winner.”
That was taken by the Saudis in the 70’s when they opened up mini-nightclubs and casinos in their basement. But I don’t blame them, I blame disco and the Beegees.

30 June, 2007 09:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep an eye on the 7 Days site. It's being hacked. So far today a story titled 'Shabat Shalom' has appeared which is a link to the jewish prayer times (it's since been taken down).

30 June, 2007 10:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai has attracted alot of filth since the ruling family decided to execute their vision of being the tourist hub of the world. Yes, we do have hookers and mafias and booze in Dubai, but it is available at certain dodgy places for those who want to seek such filth. Btw, Hooters' has been rejected by Dubai government. Thank God! There would have been a riot otherwise! And to all those making fun of muslims and the hijab...if you don't like Dubai's islamic laws, then get out of here! Islam is a just religion. It's the leaders and societies that are hypocrates, not the religion. You choose to make prostitution, incest, homosexuality, and all sorts of filth legal in your countries. Don't bring it to ours!

10 July, 2007 14:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai has stuff worse that Hotters, but Hotters would be too official & obvious. currently, the only branch for it is in Isreal & that should give Dubai enough reason to stop that (if not the hot chicks)

12 July, 2007 08:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


There is nothing wrong with Israel.

A hooters in Dubai should be the least of your worries. Worry about the women being adbucted from their countries to come work in dubai as hookers while their passports are held ransome. That doesnt happen in Israel. Maybe we should learn from Israel. Shabbat Sholom.

12 November, 2007 13:29  
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