Let’s talk about ‘what to wear’ in Middle Eastern countries…😬
And the above photo will be an example of what NOT to wear in public🙃
Don’t worry, I didn’t, this outfit was reserved just for poolside at the hotel.
However, before my 4 day stop in Doha, I have to admit I was a little ignorant on what should and should not be worn in public. I learned that women tourists should cover shoulders, knees, and not wear see through or skin tight clothing.
Yikes! I didn’t have anything in my bag that fit into those requirements.
I have been so used to warm and casual places like Mexico and Bali that I almost committed a culture faux pas!
So here I was in Bali, with only shorts and tank tops in my luggage, flying into Qatar in a few days, no budget for new clothes, no room in my bag for extra items, and all of a sudden learning I need to cover up!
Good thing Bali is full of markets and I was able to grab some cheap material for draping, a scarf, and some loose black pants just a few days before flying in.🧣
I was by NO means a ‘fashionista’ during my time in Doha, but at least I made a good effort to be respectful with how I dressed! I wore a long purple skirt or my flowy black pants the entire time, and rotated covering my revealing tops between a silk scarf or red and gold material draped over my shoulders.
It was actually fun to explore with clothes I never would have normally worn, and I enjoyed learning about Qatari customs. I had to get super creative with not only my budget, but also with items I had that I could re-purpose. I even rigged up a strappy dress as sort of a ‘cape’ that worked to keep me covered and warm.
Next time, I will prepare better for Qatar, as it’s definitely a place I really want to go back to!🇶🇦 👉👉have you ever committed a cultural faux pas!??