This article is syndicated from @TheOpenMajlis
You have all been there. You have probably witnessed the sight countless times that caused you to stop dead on your tracks, your jaw falls and your eyes widen as you watch in utter disbelief. What is that you say? Read on…
Living in a multi-cultural community, people of different religions, traditions and beliefs often mingle and come into contact with one another. Without multiculturalism or ethnic diversity, we would be constrained to a monotonous life; as people would share similar beliefs, attitudes and views and live similar experiences. Thus, the appreciation and acceptance of multiple cultures is a blessing we can all share if our differences are respected. Without mutual respect and understanding of the diverse cultures within a society, this valuable opportunity to explore and learn about other cultures may result in tension and may be a possible source of conflict.
It is important for individuals to respect the environment in which they are in and try their best not to offend anybody (to avoid multiple bruises, fractures and a black eye). For this reason, as a responsible citizen, one must be aware of what is deemed acceptable in a particular society, bearing in mind that it may differ from place to place. They should be able to follow behavioral guidelines in line with what is adequate. By gaining knowledge about normative behavior, one could avoid publicly dressing or acting in a manner that is viewed as being culturally inappropriate or offensive to the protocol.
Thankfully, rules pertaining to a specific dress code have been established. In fact, most of the malls in the UAE have certain rules and codes for behavior and dress sometimes referred to as the ‘Courtesy Policy’. That is one crucial step in the right direction. The issue we are aiming to bring to light is that these rules are not being enforced by the security personnel and other staff therefore, the majority of foreigners, whether expats or tourists, can be seen walking around in public without any sense of awareness or concern for the rules that they do not follow. What WE can do is (politely) pressure the malls to enforce this ‘Courtesy Policy’ in order for it to be effective and fully functional.
What YOU can do is, next time you visit a mall, grab several leaflets from the security personnel found at the front entrance of the mall or at the information desks and hand it to anybody you see is violating the dress code. This way you would be letting them know about the dress code if they had been unaware of it and at the same time ensure that they understand that it is unacceptable.
-To UAE and GCC Nationals: Speak up; it is your right and duty.
The Holy Quran says: “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.” [Quran 3:110]
Let us pressure these malls to take action, it will only take one tweet. Just tweet the following message:
Enforce your ‘Courtesy Policy’ to stop violations of the dress code. @TheDubaiMall @DFCDubai @itsBurJuman @MirdifCityCtr @MallofEmirates
-To malls: Enforce the rules you have placed. Even if it means setting up a couple of security members in mall entrances or around the mall to make sure the rules are abided by. Make sure the ‘Courtesy Policy’ leaflets are available and distributed. It will not hurt to make the posters just a bit bigger and positioned in more than a few places so that people can take notice.
-To tourists/expats: Please take the time to read the posters and code of behavior in respect of our culture. And last but not least, welcome to the UAE!
This article was published on The Open Majlis on 18th Sep, 2011.
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