Islam requires its followers to dress modestly and many cultures have specific ways of observing this. Here in the UAE most female Emiratis wear a black loose fitting abaya (dress) and shayla (headscarf); often these are decorated with beads, lace or the like. In Saudi, where rules are much stricter, local women must cover from head to toe in black, including covering their faces, and absolutely no bling or decoration. Many other Muslim ladies, such as those originating from the Levant wear western clothes (fully covering arms, legs) with a hijab (headscarf).
If you are here as an expat or a holidaymaker it is a good idea to cover up a bit, especially during Ramadan! You’re ok with cutoff trousers and short sleeved tops, but keep your cleavage hidden. I cringe when I see western ladies in short shorts and skimpy tops in public places at any time of the year – it is offensive to our hosts and perpetuates the myth that we have low moral standards!
Today’s mosque can be found in the “ADNOC city” of Ruwais, Western Region.
Wishing all our Muslim friends “Ramadan Kareem”. May this Holy month be a blessed one for you and your families.