UAE citizens advised not to wear national dress when travelling abroad

Emiratis warned not to pay by cash and to abide by burqa ban as part of wider travel advice for citizens this summer
UAE citizens advised not to wear national dress when travelling abroad
Two muslim women wearing black Abayas and head scarfs walk through Knightsbridge in London. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)]
By Staff writer
Sun 03 Jul 2016 02:32 PM

UAE citizens have been urged not to wear national dress when travelling abroad.

It follows an incident in which an Emirati in the US was approached by armed police, wrestled to the ground and held as an ISIL suspect.

As a result, the UAE has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling abroad.

In a message on a Foreign Ministry Twitter account focusing on citizens travelling abroad, the ministry said on Saturday:

"For citizens travelling outside the country, and in order to ensure their safety, we point out not to wear formal dress while travelling, especially in public places," the message dated July 2 stated, without referring to the Avon incident.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement on its website, has also advised citizens to adhere to local laws and guidance.

Ahmed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, advised those travelling to European countries, including those in the Schengen zone, to take caution due to security issues triggered by unrest in the Middle East.

He urged citizens to avoid carrying large sums of money, suggesting they instead use credit cards to make payments when possible.

Al Dhaheri recommended citizens abide by burqa bans in European states including France, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as European cities such as Barcelona in Spain, which banned clothing covering the face in 2010.

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