British woman tourist strips down to her bikini in a upmarket Dubai mall

British woman strips down to her bikini in an up-market Dubai mall after being approached by an Emirati woman covered head-to-toe in black confronted her for wearing a low-cut shirt, police said.

Mall security detained both women and took them to a police station for questioning Wednesday.

Police said the British woman, whose name was not released, was shopping in the five-star Dubai Mall when the Emirati woman approached her and criticized her for wearing a shirt she felt violated the conservative dress code followed by most women in this Muslim country.

An argument broke our and the British woman stripped down to her bikini and walked through the mall. The mall, one of the world’s largest, has signs asking shoppers to dress modestly.

This incident is the latest in a string of cases involving Westerners in Dubai. In March, a British couple was sentenced to a month in jail for kissing in public while an Indian couple was sentenced to three months’ prison for exchanging steamy text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months behind bars, though their sentences were later suspended.


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