Next month I will be on a plane headed to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  I must say I’m super excited. I haven’t really traveled and forever, so I am definitely looking forward to this trip. Our hotels are booked and the itinerary is almost finalized.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are known for their richness in Arabic and Islamic culture, so there are customs that they follow and as a sign of respect, visitors should follow as well.


Knowing a little something about culture it is important to dress and act accordingly. I’m sorry, but I’m not about that jail life and if you do not research and understand where you are going, you are risking your freedom in a foreign place. Yes it can be that serious. With that being said, I’ve come up with a list of things you should pack when visiting places in the UAE.

The key here is modesty, so leave the booty shorts home. Most places that you may visit require your legs and shoulders to be covered up. If you visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, men must wear long pants and women must have their head, legs, and shoulders covered. This is a non-negotiable.


I know some may ask, “How do you dress modestly when it is extremely hot?!?” Although this place requires women to be modest in public places that represent the culture, you don’t have to forsake your style in the heat.

Here are some key items to pack if you are traveling to these places to show your style and remain cool

What to Wear in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


Now the nightlife in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will give way to more leniency when it comes to clothing. Most of the places have been “westernized,” so finding a cute party dress shouldn’t be that difficult.

I plan on packing all of the above. We plan on doing a lot of sight seeing, eating (yummm), and safaris, so I need to be comfortable. I will probably pack more printed pants than anything. I lived in light weight printed pants over the last few summers. They were low maintenance, but very stylish. So pack according to the activities you will be doing as well.

Special shoutout to my friend Kim. When I was in a blogging rut, she gave me an idea to do this post. That was back in December/January lol. Better late than never.

Have any of you traveled to a place with specific cultural norms when it came to clothing? What did you wear?


  1. I’m happy you did this! I was wondering what I should pack and purchase. I did see some girls in belly shirts. I thought that wouldn’t be accepted, but, it was. I honestly wouldn’t do it just out of respect, ya know. Thanks again for the post 🙂 I love the dress, and each item can be worn together to make various outfits, which means less things to pack!

    • Yeah I definitely want to respect the culture. I saw lots of crop tops as well, but as a sign of respect I don’t think I’d do that. I’m looking to pack as light as possible for this trip. I’m glad it will be warm because my clothes won’t be as heavy and they will not take up much space in my suitcase.

  2. Thank you for sharing. That looks really unusual. I hope that you’ll add more ideas on the topic.

  3. That is the question I have and I have got the answer, I am pleased to have found your post.

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