Women’s clothing shops are the only businesses allowed to sell in Dubai, and the only ones to be allowed to do so under a new law which came into effect on Thursday.
Under the new law, women are allowed to use the hashtag #DharmaDwali to promote their goods, which will only be allowed if they do not promote prostitution.
Dubai’s Women’s Clothing Authority (WCCA) has been working to regulate and restrict women’s stores since last December, when the country was rocked by the murder of two women in a separate incident.
According to WCCA director Ahmed Al-Nahm, women’s clothes are sold in malls, restaurants, cinemas and private homes.
“Women’s clothing has a high demand and is very expensive, but also it’s the only thing that you can’t buy if you want to dress well,” Al-Nohem said.
He said women are not allowed to take photographs with their clothes and are not permitted to sell them on the street, but he did not rule out the possibility of women buying them on-line.
The new law also bans women from using “abusive language”, as it states that “words or behaviour which harass, abuse, humiliate, or abuse women” is prohibited.
Al-Nohe said he expected a lot of complaints from women about their rights under the new rules, but said it was the first time they were enforced.
“It is important for the people to know that we are in the right and that we can do our job properly and we will take all the necessary steps to protect our rights,” he said.
“We have already received many complaints about the situation in Dubai.
We will also do our best to make sure the situation is not a problem for the women of the city.”