» 06/20/2012, 00.00
QATAR - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Muslim women have launched a campaign to eliminate the "scandalous" outfits worn by tourists
The clothes worn by tourists reveal the neck, legs and back and offend local women, who are forced to wear the full veil. The dress code can be used to spread among foreigners respect for local traditions based on sharia.
Doha (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Concerned about too many uncovered
faces, elbows and knees, the women of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have
launched a campaign against Western clothing. The initiative was proposed by
the "One of us" association and aims to "teach" the
tourists to respect local Islamic traditions concerning clothing.
Najla Al-Mahmoud, a Qatari, said that during the summer it is
scandalous to see foreign women exposing bare shoulders and knees, who don't
respect the local culture based on sharia. "We are offended by this
behavior", she says, "many tourists who come to our country do not
know our customs and we are convinced that they will welcome our initiative. We
only want to educate them."
In the Emirates, the campaign was launched by two women,
Hanan al-Rayes and Asma al-Muhairi, who on their twitter accounts have
expressed their disgust towards foreigners, who tour the country in inadequate
clothing. "Like it or not", reads one of their slogans posted on the
social network, "this country has its own culture that must be protected
and respected by its own people."
Women residing in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are
obliged by law to wear the "abaya", a dark mantle that covers almost
the entire body. For men there is instead the "kandura", a white robe
that leaves only their wrists and ankles uncovered.
Hamad al-Rahoumi, a member of the Federal Council of the UAE,
said that many tourists, even if they know the local traditions, choose not to
respect them. According to the politician, the campaign is not sufficient to
impose the rules on clothing. He also proposes to extend to foreigners the
dress code that applies to residents. "Its application", he says, "serves
as a deterrent. We shall only enforce it, but without imposing penalties or
On the Internet, hundreds of people have applauded the
campaign in defense of a dress code in line with sharia. But there have been
several criticisms. For some, the government should not waste time teaching
Westerns how to dress. The authorities should undertake to enforce laws that
save lives, such as the ban on smoking in public places, often ignored, and the
requirement to wear seat belts.
15/06/2017 09:06:00 QATAR - USA
The United States sells weapons to Qatar for $ 12 billion
The sale of at least 36 US-F-15 hunters is expected. Signature comes amid heightened tensions between Doha and Saudi Arabia and after sale of $ 400 billion in arms to Riyadh. Pentagon: an "agreed" sale to "increase security cooperation”.
03/08/2017 10:10:00 QATAR - ITALY
Doha to buy seven warships from Italy for 5 billion euros
The contract signed by Fincantieri will give work to around 1000 Italians. 40 Italian companies operate in Qatar. Boosting national defense, at the expense of the Saudi-led regional system "Gulf Shield".
05/06/2017 09:29:00 QATAR - GULF
Arab front against Qatar accused of fomenting terrorism and undermining regional security
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates close their borders and break o0ff diplomatic relations with Doha. Its policies and support for extremist groups are a source of instability for the Middle East. Over the past few weeks, supposed statements about Iran by Qatari Emir had fueled tension.
05/07/2017 09:49:00 EGYPT - QATAR - GULF
Gulf Crisis: The anti-Qatar front meets in Cairo. For Doha "impractical" requests
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt due to meet today. Yesterday, Qatar responded to the list of requests from the Gulf allies. No news is leaked on the content of the letter. Qatar's foreign minister termed demands made of Doha "unrealistic and impracticable" and denounced an attack on "freedom of thought".
06/07/2017 14:53:00 QATAR-GULF
More peaceable tones cannot hide worsening of Doha, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi crisis
The ultimatum null and void. The Muslim Brotherhood – approved of by the United States and Great Britain - have been branded as a "terrorist organization" even by Bahrain. Toning down of demands made against Al Jazeera. The independent character of Qatar and the power of the Prince of the Emirates. Wahhabism is trying to take control of the Middle East.
VATICAN - ASIA
The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission
October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.
12/10/2017 HONG KONG - CHINA
12/10/2017 VATICAN - ITALY
13/10/2017 VATICAN - LEBANON
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.