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Female Dressocode in the Middle East

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1. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 6y

I am leaving next week for a 2 month trip around the Middle East. I've been reading lots about how to dress appropriately on some travel websites, but I am wondering if there is anyone on this forum who can share some personal experiences/information with me. I am travelling through Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. Thanks :-)

2. Posted by omran67 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

dear friend
a bout woman travel alone in jordan
u have to know jordan is safe country
and yes jordan is mislem country but that not mean all the lady in jordan Covering THE head
..maybe you will be surprise a bout the modern fashion in jordan now .
we have in jordan many Foreign they life and work in jordan and they feel free to wear what they like .
and if you look to my photo u will see how the Tourists wear.
and a bout the stamp in your passport i dont know but if u like i can ask the Tourists i meet them in jordan .
take care and dont worry

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

There are two styles that work well.

One is long pants with a long shirt (often with long sleeves) that covers your bum and the other is an ankle-length wide skirt with a loose-fitting men's t-shirt.

In Turkey I would go for the pants, in Egypt and Jordan the skirt works better. Both are ok.

I personally like to wear shirts like this one:

http://media.neckermann.de/bilder/480/6/65/655417_99_0006_hsi2.jpg

I usually combine this with a top underneath and loose-fitting, ankle-length pants in a matching color.

Skirts and shirt should be in this style:

http://media.neckermann.de/bilder/480/5/51/514802_ko_0020_hs160.jpg
(without the jacket but with half-length sleeves)

http://media.neckermann.de/bilder/480/3/37/378648_ko_0923_tk58a.jpg
(the skirt is a bit short, it does not go down to the ankles and the top could use a little bit less clevage)

Do not bother with a headscarf, since you are not muslim it will just make you look stupid. What you can bring or buy is a long wide cotton scarf to cover your upper body against sun burn, the chill from air condition and if you need to cover yourself when visiting a mosque or so. You can let it hang around your shoulders.

I'm muslim myself and have travelled almost all over the Middle East.