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Posted On: 6 June 2021 05:30 pm
Updated On: 6 June 2021 06:54 pm

Can you wear shorts in shopping malls in Qatar?

ILQ Staff
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Over the weekend, there has been a buzz on social media after some residents were turned away from entering certain malls because they were wearing shorts. The team has received a lot of emails and DMs requesting clarification on this matter.

Are we allowed to wear shorts in Qatar?

Based on our research, there is no specific law that prohibits the wearing of shorts or defining the length of the shorts. However, Article 57 of the Constitution states that:

The respect of the Constitution, compliance with the laws issued by Public Authority, abiding by public order and morality, observing national traditions and established customs is a duty of all who reside in the State of Qatar or enter its territory.

Visit Qatar's website also states that:

"Attitudes towards dress in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for the local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public. It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered."

Which malls allow shorts in Qatar?

The team reached out to the major shopping malls (via the mall's contact number or DM) in Qatar and these are their responses.

Malls allowing shorts covering the knee or longer

This applies to both men and women and the below-mentioned malls also said that shoulders must be covered.

  • Doha Festival City
  • Mall of Qatar
  • Villaggio Mall
  • Hyatt Plaza
  • Gulf Mall
  • Al Khor Mall
  • Ezdan Mall
  • Lagoona Mall
  • City Center Mall

Mall with no shorts allowed

Alhazm Mall has the following dress code policy:

alhazm mall qatar dress code
Image credit: Alhazm mall

What's your experience regarding the dress code in shopping malls in Qatar? What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!