Although rules about clothing are relatively lenient in Dubai, it is strongly advised to keep beach wear for the beach. Unlike in neighbouring states, there are no specific dress codes to be followed but visitors are expected to respect general traditional sentiments and wear appropriate clothing when seen in public.
A general rule of thumb is to avoid showing too much skin. Men – don’t walk around without a shirt. Ladies – in the malls, don’t wear anything too short and take something to cover your shoulders. Avoid low-cut tops, short skirts and bare arms. If you’re lucky enough to go inside a mosque, dress conservatively – cover your knees, stomach and upper torso well.