United Arab Emirates warns against wearing traditional clothes abroad


The United Arab Emirates is warning its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments when travelling abroad after an Emirati man was handcuffed in Ohio, in the US, over terrorism fears.

The ministry of foreign affairs said in a tweet late Saturday that Emiratis should avoid wearing the garments for their safety.

A separate ministry statement urged women to abide by bans on face veils in parts of Europe.

Local media reported on Sunday that Emirati national Ahmed al-Menhali was detained at gunpoint last week while wearing a traditional white kandura, or ankle-length robe, and headscarf in Avon, Ohio after a hotel clerk raised suspicions he could have links to the Islamic State group.

Cleveland’s WEWS-TV posted police camera video footage of al-Menhali’s arrest and a later meeting where Avon officials offered their apologies.

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