Cadets from the Dubai Police
Academy walk after performing the national anthem during a presentation
at the 16th Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. (Reuters)
United Arab Emirates has called on its citizens to refrain from wearing
traditional clothes while traveling abroad so that they are not
mistaken as members of the Daesh terrorist group.
citizens traveling outside the country, and in order to ensure their
safety, we point out not to wear formal dress while traveling,
especially in public places,” read a message published on the country’s
Foreign Ministry Twitter account.
announcement follows the last week arrest of a traditionally-clad
Emirati businessman in Avon, Ohio, US, who was mistaken by a hotel clerk
for a Takfiri terrorist.
hearing the man, wearing a long white robe and headscarf, speaking
Arabic on his cell phone, the female employee called 911.
The businessman was arrested following a violent scuffle with the police, who released him after understanding the situation.
separate message was also tweeted warning UAE nationals to “abide by
the ban of burqa (the veil) applied in some European countries and
cities, which prohibits the wearing of the veil in public institutions
The file photo shows a Muslim woman wearing a burqa
Western countries have introduced bans of traditional Islamic clothing,
following a rise in anti-Islam sentiment due to Europe’s refugee crisis
and Daesh terrorist activities in Iraq and Syria.
is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees, most of whom are fleeing
conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria.
blame major European powers for the unprecedented exodus, saying their
policies have led to a surge in terrorism and war in the violence-hit
regions, forcing more people out of their homes.