Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Defiant Brit struts through Dubai mall in a bikini

I don't know which is worse - - banning bikinis in accord with medieval religious beliefs, or purposely wearing a bikini simply to stir up trouble.

A British woman stripped down to her bikini and strutted defiantly through a swanky Dubai mall after an Emirati woman covered head-to-toe in black confronted her for wearing a low-cut shirt, police said Thursday.

Mall security detained both women and took them to a police station for questioning Wednesday. They were released later in the day after the Emirati woman lodged a complaint for public indecency against the Briton, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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.

The two argued, then the Briton stripped down to her bikini and walked through the mall filled with luxury shops and near hotels with swimming pools.

The mall, one of the world's largest, has signs asking shoppers to dress modestly, although Westerners routinely ignore the advisories.

I will never understand why anyone takes romantic trips to a country in which couples have been jailed for kissing in public, exchanging sexy texts, and having sex on the beach. Go to South Beach or Jamaica.

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