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Khloé Kardashian stirs controversy during visit to Dubai mall

American reality TV star wears niqab in photo posted online while in the emirate

Khloé Kardashian stirs controversy during visit to Dubai mall

US reality TV star Khloé Kardashian has courted controversy during her visit to Dubai by donning a niqab and hijab during a visit to a mall in the city.

Kardashian, who was visiting the city for the beauty seminar ‘Mane Addicts’, posted the picture on Instagram with the caption ‘Habibi Love’.

While some westerners wear an abaya and a hajib in Dubai to cover their body and head, particularly when visiting a mosque, the decision to wear a niqab has stirred controversy on social media, with many accusing the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star of disrespecting Muslim culture.

“This woman should not be the role model of anyone especially not for Muslim women”, said one Instagram user, while another posted: “She's disregarding a cultural/religious symbol by appealing to her own commercial interest”.

Other people, however, defended the reality TV star, saying that she was wearing a niqab out of respect for Muslim culture.

Last year, internet users also directed angry messages online towards the star after she posted a picture (below) of her brother-in-law dressed as an Arab sheikh for Halloween and added a caption that has offended some fans.

The 30-year-old uploaded the image of Scott Disick wearing traditional Arab clothing to her Instagram page and captioned it with the potentially offensive caption 'Sheik P****'.

The image and caption led to angry comments from some of her followers.

“Ur caption is very disrespectful to Muslims. Watch ur mouth!!” one online follower said, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

“Disappointed .. lost respect,” another added

 

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