Dubai introduces two women-only days at beach parks

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Dubai introduces two women-only days at beach parks


From today, Dubai will offer two women-only days per week at two of its beach parks, with no males above the age of four allowed entry.

The Khaleej Times reports that the ladies-only days will take place at the Jumeirah Beach Park, on Monday and Wednesday, and the Al Mamzar Beach Park on Sunday and Tuesday. Female staff will be on duty and tourists and local residents will be separated, to accommodate the religious and cultural differences in their choice of swimwear.

The Dubai Municipality Parks and Horticulture Department announced plans to create more women-only days earlier this month. Their intention is to make the beach areas more woman-friendly, to encourage women to be more active and keep fit.

However, this doesn't mean that women will be allowed to walk around the complex in their swimwear or beach clothes.

BBC News reports that last summer, young Emirati women started a twitter campaign called #UAEDressCode, urging tourists to cover up in public places.

Some women went as far as to suggest setting up a police department where they could complain about inappropriate clothing.

Others said that even though malls have notices at the entrances asking shoppers to cover their shoulders and knees, this is not going far enough and a new law should be introduced to make sure that the dress code is followed.

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