And that’s entirely reasonable. Remember: in Muslim countries, you should follow and respect the customs and practices of Muslims. And in non-Muslim countries, you should follow and respect the customs and practices of Muslims. Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Abu Dhabi: “Abu Dhabi in dress modestly plea to non-Muslims,” by Anwar Ahmad for The National, July 21 (thanks to Kenneth):
ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority has urged non-Muslim visitors to dress conservatively during the day, avoiding short skirts, tight trousers and low-cut tops in public.
Swimwear is acceptable at private hotel beaches, but tourists should “use common sense in selecting swimwear” for public beaches, a spokesman said.
The authority has also requested that passengers take care when dealing with taxi drivers as many will be fasting while working.
Good etiquette requires people not to drink, eat or smoke in public.
“You can eat and drink in the privacy of your own room but please do not offer food or drink to a Muslim,” the spokesman said.
Safiya Darweesh Al Qubaisi, cultural and handicraft development officer at the tourism authority, said: “One important benefit of fasting is that it helps you to understand the suffering and pain of the poor. It also allows human beings to understand how those who do not have enough money for a meal survive through the day.”