Clothing in the United Arab Emirates
Clothing in the United Arab Emirates is characteristic of Arabic countries. It is an aspect of the Bedouin life in the Arabian peninsula. It is designed for comfort in high temperatures to keep with the religious beliefs in the country. Emiratis wear veils and long sleeved robes, worn especially in the summer. Clothing that cover more parts of the body from the sunlight can be preferred. However, the black female dress, abaya, captures heat due to light-absorbing color.
The United Arab Emirates warned its citizens to avoid wearing traditional clothing when traveling outside of the country after a businessman named Ahmed Al Menhali was mistakenly arrested in Ohio after a hotel clerk thought he was a terrorist. 
The UAE has also used Twitter and Facebook campaigns to create awareness on various issues. A recent campaign which was launched in May 2012 and has gained prominence and controversy is the "UAE Dress Code" campaign. It was started by two Emirati women, Hanan Al Rayes and Asma Al Muhairi, to create awareness and educate tourists and expatriates on dressing appropriately, respecting the country's culture and sensibilities.
Sandals are the common footwear for both Emirati women and men.
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