In general, those of non-Middle Eastern descent should wear their usual corporate attire when traveling on business in the UAE, though keeping modesty in mind.
- Women need not wear a headscarf, or hijab. Wear a dress or skirt hemmed at least to the knee or full-length trousers. Shirts must cover the shoulder; avoid low or plunging necklines. Open-toe shoes and sandals are fine.
- Smart business casual — long pants, a collared shirt — is fine in most professional environments, though if in doubt check with your company or err on the conservative side with a necktie and suit jacket.
- Avoid synthetic fabrics that can trap heat in favor of natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen and tropical wool. Bring an outer layer such as a light jacket or scarf as strong air conditioning is common.