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The first thing I do before traveling to a conservative country is scouring around on the internet for information about the dress code. Bahrain is a tolerant country and is pretty relaxed in terms of the dress code. However, one should not take this for granted and disrespect the country’s norms. It is always good to blend in with the local culture and dress appropriately.

This post will give you detailed information on what to wear in traditional areas, beaches, shopping malls, and souqs and a few tips on how to rock your outfits even if you dress conservatively.

General Tip

Men and women need to dress modestly. No matter where you go, make sure you don’t wear clothes that reveal too much skin or are too tight/body-fitting.

Inside Bahrain’s Largest Shopping Mall – City Centre Bahrain, Bahrain

Shopping Malls & Souqs

Women can wear outfits like trousers, jeans, palazzos, skirts, dresses, casual tops, shirts, t-shirts, kurtas, etc. as long as their shoulders, knees, stomach, and chest are covered (in case you were thinking of a full-sleeved crop top!).

Tip: You can carry scarves, hats, and sunglasses to spice up your look!

Men can wear jeans, pants, trousers, jackets, shirts, t-shirts, kurtas, etc. as long as their shoulders and knees are covered.

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A Simple Hat can Spice up Your Look!
A Simple Hat can Spice up Your Look! – Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain


There are no restrictions on what women and men can wear at the beach. So feel free to pack your favorite bikini or trunks and have a gala time at the beach!

Note: Topless sunbathing is not allowed.

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What NOT to Wear in a Beach! - Al Dar Islands, Bahrain
What NOT to Wear at a Beach! – Al Dar Islands, Bahrain


Mosques have a strict dress code which everyone needs to follow. Women need to be completely covered from head to toe with loose-fitting clothes. In case you are not appropriately dressed, you will be given an abaya and hijab to cover yourself.

Men need to cover themselves too. No shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed. Men, you won’t get an abaya so make sure you dress appropriately or you may not be allowed to enter the mosque!

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Mosque Manners, Bahrain
Mosque Manners, Bahrain
Trying to Rock an Abaya - Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain
Trying to Rock an Abaya! – Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain