Dubai bans nudity, dancing and holding hands

From The Age:

Playing loud music, dancing, nudity, kissing and even holding hands in public is considered inapproppriate behaviour under new guidelines laid down by the authorities of Dubai, reports say.

Arabic-language daily Al Emarat Al-Youm said the Dubai Executive Council had urged residents of Dubai, where foreigners make up more than 80 per cent of the population, to respect the customs of the Muslim majority country and avoid inappropriate behaviour.

The rules, which apply to all public places, include a ban on all forms of nudity, playing music loudly and dancing, exchange of kisses between men and women — and even on unmarried couples holding hands.

Any breach of the guidelines, by nationals or expatriates, carries a possible prison penalty, the paper said.

The guidelines also stipulate that anyone caught under the influence of alcohol — even small amounts — outside designated drinking areas is liable to being fined or imprisoned, the paper added.


  1. I wouldn’t go to Dubai for anything. Human progress(in concrete and luxury) are nothing without the humanity. I’d rather get black out drunk with some toothless prostitute and sing and dance and wake up in the filthiest gutter in the most rundown and backwards region of the south than step on the tarmac of their airport.

  2. I find it a little odd that any list would include both nudity and holding hands. They aren’t really on the same scale… wouldn’t you think that in a place that’s banning holding hands, they would already have made their views on public nudity pretty clear? (Unless perhaps they refer to exposing female hair or faces from under a veil as nudity)

  3. Good job on enticing visitors to come to your failing country, Dubai. Lord knows you’re not after that tourist dollar or anything.

  4. Way to go Dubai! Crazy skyscraper projects brought to a halt, people fleeing the country by the thousands to avoid debtors prison, investors freaking out, and now this?
    Hope it’ll be the coup de grace for that big joke that is Dubai.

  5. Dubai is officially OVER! Come buy our overpriced condos made with slave labor, come shop in our luxurious malls, come stay in our $10,000 a night hotel rooms…but if we catch you kissing or holding hands we’ll throw you in jail!

  6. Perhaps I have led a bit of a sheltered life, but how can there be “all forms of nudity”?

    Surely you are either nude or not nude.

    Funnily enough, it is perfectly OK for men to hold hands in the street and greet each other by touching noses out here, but homosexuality is illegal.

  7. Alan

    Some articles include (presumably female?) topless sunbathing as one of the things banned, so maybe that’s what’s meant. I’ve also seen other articles talking about a ‘problem’ with construction site workers going shopping wearing only underwear, so perhaps that’s meant to be included too.

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