TORONTO – A campaign has been launched urging tourists to dress “modestly” when visiting Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Launched by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, organizers say the “Reflect Your Respect” campaign was designed to help Western tourists learn about modest clothing standards in the strict Islamic country.
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Guidelines state visitors should be covered from shoulders to knees, women should not wear leggings and men are not to be shirtless in public.
— reflect your respect (@reflect_respect) May 27, 2014
Public displays of affection and intimacy are also strongly discouraged. The guidelines note no one should take pictures of anyone without their permission.
Pamphlets are being distributed in both Arabic and English and reaction from those on social media has been mixed, setting up a potential source of conflict between state authorities and visitors in 2022:
— Pascal Vugts (@pasvugts) May 29, 2014
I hope this campaign inspires all those who are about to replace their own culture. Glad to support Qatar! #reflect_your_respect
— – (@ufakbey) May 24, 2014
if Qatar can tell visitors what to wear why can’t we do the same, and ban the burqa?: http://t.co/64bujWh3jo
— Michael Scalia (@Toorak_Tory) May 29, 2014
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