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Sharjah fashion shops must employ women or face fines

Retailers of women’s clothing have until next year to hire female sellers - report.

Sharjah fashion shops must employ women or face fines
WOMEN ONLY: Lingerie shops in Sharjah will have to be staffed by females only under new rules. (Getty Images)

Retailers of women’s clothing stores in Sharjah have until next year to start employing female sales assistants or face stiff fines.

The cut off date is January 1, 2010, by which time retailers should have replaced male staff with female staff, according to a report in WAM news agency.

Some shops, like lingerie stores, will require women only sellers, while other women’s clothing stores will be able to employ both men and women, said Khalid Saif Ibrahim, of the Control and Commercial Protection department.

He did not say how much fines for failing to do so would be.

Ibrahim said: "This decision is very important to us due to the privacy of women's stores and the conservative nature of Sharjah.”

"Stores will be given a time limit (until 1 January 2010) to replace male employees with female employees, after which strict fines will be levied, and measures taken, against violating establishments."

Nawal Abdul Razzaq Askar of the Economic and Public Relations department, said: "Our society has always been proud of its respect for women, and is keen on giving them privacy that is on par with Islamic teachings, and that grants them protection against the numerous dangers they might face.”

The Sharjah Executive Council approved the new rules in May.

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Geriant 11 years ago

Nice to have a laugh at the start of the week. Private Eye could do a wonderful reprise of their "towelhead" cartoon series in the late 70s by bring into play the hilarity of Sharjah and its pretense at being conservative.

Mohammed 11 years ago

Dear Geriant, Firstly your comments are rascist and if you dont want to respect the local culture than you should probably leave UAE. Every country/state has the right to protect their culture and religion.

AJ 11 years ago

@Mohammed How is Geriants comment below in anyway 'racist'??? If anything, you probably just made his evening as well. I'm sure he must rolling on the floor laughing it off. I sure am.

JPG 11 years ago

There it goes again !! For some people anything and everything is racism & religious. Referring to the dictionary once in a while would help you understand the meaning of the words. Mohammed - could you please take care of Doha for the time being and make it a better place , leave us to sort out our issues here in the U.A.E.

loulou 11 years ago

Geriant's please respect the values of the country that is feeding you.

The Don 11 years ago

This decision is a must for a large portion of the female population, women doesn't feel comfortable about discussing and asking about these intimate products. This would bring up the sales for many of these shops. Make sense from both cultural and economical point of view By the way I haven't seen any where in Dubai a male sales man in a lingerie shop....even Agent Provocateur with their very liberal design concepts won't do it.